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Kelly Allen Valent’s Allison Walston with Fruit Bites
by Kelly Allen, click here for bio

Program: Fruit Bites
Date: May 03, 2018

5-8-18 Fruit Bites

BL: Welcome back to another “Fruit Bites” brought to you by Valent U.S.A. With us again is Valent’s Allison Walston. And this week Allison, Plant Growth Regulators. And why are they used in tree fruit?
AW: Plant Growth Regulators, PGRs for short, are plant hormones that tell the plant to grow, stop growing, thin fruit, shape fruit, drop fruit, or ripen fruit, but we can manipulate the plant to respond how we would like them to and in this case, for fruit production.
BL: putting plant hormones on fruit trees?
AW: yes or enhancing what is already there. For example, let’s say that last year your apples trees had almost no fruit. Since apples can have alternate bearing years, this years’ crop load might be huge! So you could apply a PGR which signals the tree to drop more of the fruit than usual.
BL: what other things can PGRs do?
AW: You can induce branching, optimize fruit size and quality, have better return bloom next year to prevent alternate bearing, keep fruit from dropping off the tree before harvest, but if applied incorrectly, you can even make mutant shaped fruit.
AW: For specific PGR advice, contact your local Valent sales rep.
BL: Well, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.


5-3-18 Fruit Bite
BL: Welcome to another “Fruit Bites” brought to you by Valent U.S.A. Joining us again is Valent’s Allison Walston. And this week Allison, “what’s the buzz”
AW: I love spring blossoms and especially all of the bee activity. Native bees, honey bees and bumble bees visiting flowers. An estimated 80,000 colonies of honey bees were brought back to Oregon after pollinating California almonds.
BL: Are honey bees the only pollinators?
AW: Native bees and bumble bees do quite a bit of work as well. Bumble bees are excellent at pollinating blueberries. There is even a newcomer, the solitary blue orchard bee. There is a Bee lab at the USDA in Logan, UT. They have been testing the blue orchard bee in fruit orchards and its rate of pollination.
BL: How long are bees
AW: From March through August, bees will be buzzing around pollinating everything from apples to vegetable seed to watermelons. If your home is in a bee flight path, leave out some water during the hot months. I’m currently building solitary bee homes for my insectary garden.
BL: Well, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.

5-1-18 Fruit Bite
BL: Welcome to another “Fruit Bites” brought to you by Valent U.S.A. Joining us again is Valent’s Allison Walston. And this week Allison, “what’s the buzz”
AW: I love spring blossoms and especially all of the bee activity. Native bees, honey bees and bumble bees visiting flowers. An estimated 80,000 colonies of honey bees were brought back to Oregon after pollinating California almonds.
BL: Are honey bees the only pollinators?
AW: Native bees and bumble bees do quite a bit of work as well. Bumble bees are excellent at pollinating blueberries. There is even a newcomer, the solitary blue orchard bee. There is a Bee lab at the USDA in Logan, UT. They have been testing the blue orchard bee in fruit orchards and its rate of pollination.
BL: How long are bees
AW: From March through August, bees will be buzzing around pollinating everything from apples to vegetable seed to watermelons. If your home is in a bee flight path, leave out some water during the hot months. I’m currently building solitary bee homes for my insectary garden.
BL: Well, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.



4-26-18 BL: Welcome back to another “Fruit Bites” brought to you by Valent U.S.A. With us again is Valent’s Allison Walston. And this week Allison, the fungus is among us … so what are mycorrhizae?

AW: Mycorrhizae are fungi that develop a synergistic partnership with the roots of many plants. The fungus enhances the plant’s root system to become more efficient at uptake of nutrients and water.

BL: What kinds of plants have the best relationships?

AW: New plantings of apples. My apple trial work shows increased growth; trunks and terminal shoots. It is visually impressive. This year I’m evaluating overwinter hardiness and yield.

BL: How do plants produce more?

AW: Just by having healthier, non-stressed plants. The two main benefits of mycorrhizae are helping uptake of micronutrients, like Phosphorous, and producing glomalin which improves the water holding capacity of soil.

BL: Well, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.



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