August 2012 Issue

Urban orchards

By |August 1st, 2012|

For more than half a century, the great industrial cities of the northeastern United States have been decaying. From [...]

Busting the low-yield myth

By |August 1st, 2012|

One of the most contentious issues between grape grower and winemaker is the long-held belief that lower yields make [...]

Focus shifts to full automation

By |August 1st, 2012|

Faculty at Washington State University’s Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems plan to focus the bulk of their [...]

Bin dog under development

By |August 1st, 2012|

An intelligent bin dog system—a self-propelled bin carrying system that could follow fruit pickers through the orchard—is one of [...]

Harvester is ready to go

By |August 1st, 2012|

Picker Technologies’ self-propelled harvest system has adjustable platforms at the front where two pickers can stand to pick from [...]

Last Bite–A peach with longevity

By |August 1st, 2012|

Unlike apples and pears, where new varieties are slow to appear and stay forever, new peach varieties come, and [...]

Learning from the freeze

By |August 1st, 2012|

While scientists warn that extreme weather events will become more common as carbon dioxide levels continue to build in [...]

The Kings of Flint

By |August 1st, 2012|

Jacky and Dora King have been urban farmers for about six years. The six acres that they farm now [...]

Good Stuff

By |August 1st, 2012|

New cherry sorters

Chelan Fruit Cooperative has about 600 year-round employees, but needs an additional 1,000 packing house workers during [...]