Growers’ advocate ends 42-year career

By |November 27th, 2014|

During his four decades working at the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, Kirk Mayer saw the Washington apple crop grow from 25 million boxes to 140 million and availability of labor become an increasing concern.

Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

By |November 26th, 2014|

A shift from ladders to illuminated platforms allows pickers to work day or night.

Mylar machine moves fast

By |November 26th, 2014|

Antonio Montoya invented a machine that takes most of the labor out of laying a reflective mulch.

2014 Hort Show preview: Advancing with the times

By |November 20th, 2014|

The annual Washington hort meeting will assemble experts who can help growers move forward in their operations.

Fighting food fraud with forensics

By |November 20th, 2014|

Each apple has a chemical fingerprint that links it to the place it was grown.

Applying precision agriculture to tree fruit

By |November 10th, 2014|

Precision agriculture helps growers optimize returns.

Removing variability to improve crop uniformity

By |November 10th, 2014|

Precision agriculture allows farms to be managed in zones

Ideas from Mars

By |November 9th, 2014|

Horticulturist takes inspiration from NASA to envision crews of robots in the orchard.

Time’s right for precision ag

By |November 9th, 2014|

An effort to introduce variable-rate fertilizer applications in orchards was 20 years ahead of its time.

Labor worries spur automation effort

By |November 7th, 2014|

Washington scientists are looking for worldwide collaborators to work on automated harvesting.