Good Fruit Grower

December 2015

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44 DECEMBER 2015 Good Fruit Grower O ntario's stone fruit industry is renewing its focus on local markets following a lengthy battle with plum pox virus (PPV) and the closure of key processing plants. Niagara remains the only region in Canada harboring the virus, also known as sharka. The disease was declared eradicated in neighboring Pennsylvania following an intensive battle—though it remains a presence in New York—but with no known occurrences in commercial orchards since 2010, 15 years of monitoring will come to an end in 2016. Regulatory controls will replace disease management to "mitigate the spread of PPV outside of the regulated area," says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Meanwhile, growers have been rebuilding their orchards. Control measures have cost industry and pri- vate homeowners 377,402 trees since 2000 (equivalent to Growers rebuild after PLUM POX Some Ontario growers have turned to wine grapes, while others are growing fresh stone fruit varieties. by Peter Mitham Products & Solutions for Agricultural Safety • Chemical Gloves • Full-Face Respirator • Half-Face Respirator • Chemical Splash Goggles • Chemical Resistant Boots • Disposable and Reusable Suits Available Add a Cooling-Vest on hot days as a heat stress precaution Washington - Idaho - Oregon - Shop Online 1-800-765-9055 Safety First: Follow chemical manufacturer's guidelines for decontaminating the spray suite. Do not use suit if there are cuts, holes, tears, missing snaps, or separated seams. Chemical Protective Suit Call Tim O'Brien at: 206-719-5317 or OFFERING: 100% Genetically Certified Rootstocks in Apple, Pear, Cherry, and More! Rapid Plant Propagation DNA based variety confirmation Genetic Testing Services Maintain "parent" material in virus free, tissue culture state. Plant Repository Service Virus Screening Services

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