December 2011 Issue

$60-million boost

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A mechanical harvester is part of a major research project relating to production and marketing of stem-free sweet cherries.

More [...]

Krymsk rootstocks show advantages

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Lynn Long (left) and grower Dave Meyer discuss pruning strategies in a block of fifth-leaf Chelan trees on the [...]

$3.1 million for Washington specialty crops

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved funding of $3.1 million for projects to support Washington State’s fruit [...]

Four leaders better than one

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Belgian horticulturist Tom Deckers discusses the pruning strategy for a four-leader system. Many pear-growing systems put too much energy [...]

Collaborative research

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An autonomous vehicle is being developed as part of the project “Comprehensive automation for specialty crops.”

The last Farm Bill [...]

Cover crop choice takes time and research

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The ladino clover cover crop thrived for the first two years but has begun to decline.
Geraldine Warner

Apple growers [...]

Reflective cover has marketing benefits

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Matt Whiting (right) discusses results of his research with the reflective material Extenday with Oregon State University [...]

Platforms not widely used

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A recent survey of Washington State apple growers suggests that orchard platforms are not widely used there.

Just over 10 [...]

Working with less labor

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Availability of labor will determine how quickly orchard automation is adopted, says Denny Hayden.

A widespread shortage of workers to [...]

U.K. growers try to lower residues

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Jerry Cross is in charge of entomology and plant pathology at East Malling Research, where trials to minimize residues [...]