April 1st 2011 Issue

Inducing branching in tree fruits

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With high-density trellised systems for apples, the goal is to maximize yield, and a good fruit-bearing surface is needed [...]

Using soil moisture sensors

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Troy Peters, left, explains the functions of a neutron probe to Washington State University students Prossie Nakawuka, middle, and [...]

Packer takes a big step forward

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Robots scan the barcodes of packed boxes of apples and stack 49 on each pallet, ready for [...]

When grapes need a drink

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Although wine grapes don’t need much water during the season, they need to drink frequently and at key times, [...]

Grower perspectives on grape irrigation

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This grape shoot shows a vine actively growing as the tendrils are further out than the shoot tips and [...]

Manager ready to tackle real problems

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Dr. James Susaimuthu, program manager of the Fruit Tree Clean Plant Center at Prosser, Washington, attended ­­college in India [...]

When do grapevines need irrigation?

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Markus Keller says that regulated deficit irrigation can be beneficial for most red wine grape varieties, but timing of [...]

Biennial bearing

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Developing seeds inside apples send strong signals to apple shoots telling them not to set flower buds for the [...]

Thinning for larger fruit

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One way to get consistent crops of large, high quality apples is to hand thin to size. So if [...]

Last Bite

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In 1966, Michigan placed this historical marker at the South Haven Experiment Station com­mem­orating Stanley Johnston’s work and the [...]