The Tangler

By |November 1st, 2011|

Brett Bunker shows off the launcher he uses to dispense pheromone-containing capsules in apple trees. The clip in the [...]

Fresh cherry harvester

By |November 1st, 2011|

Picker Technologies, a Washington-based developer of automated equipment, is working on a mechanical harvesting solution for fresh ­cherries.

Sweet cherries [...]

Technology for the packing house

By |November 1st, 2011|

Inventions developed in the course of building a better apple-harvesting system might have application also in packing houses.

Picker Technologies [...]

Safety regulations nix customized platforms

By |November 1st, 2011|

A worker uses a Girette to prune trees.
Courtesy Flathead Cherry Growers, Montana

Regulators in British Columbia, Canada, have developed [...]

Concord grapes, part of American culture

By |November 1st, 2011|

Though Concord was generally accepted as being pure Vitis labrusca, horticulturists today believe it is a hybrid with another [...]

So, does it bruise the fruit?

By |November 1st, 2011|

The Picker Tech harvester is on tracks, making it easy to turn and reducing soil compaction.

A concern about mechanically [...]

On a FasTrack

By |November 1st, 2011|

Horticulturist Ralph Scorza pollinates plum flowers while geneticist Ann Callahan measures sugar content and molecular biologist Chris Dardick measures [...]

Postharvest potential for picking platform

By |November 1st, 2011|

George Lobisser sees potential for in-field postharvest treatments.
Geraldine Warner

When George Lobisser saw a new mobile apple-harvesting system in [...]

South Carolina peach breeder wants better peaches, faster

By |November 1st, 2011|

Ksenija Gasic heads Clemson University’s peach-breeding program, which was recently revived after a 25-year hiatus.
Richard Lehnert

One of the [...]

Under-cover operation

By |November 1st, 2011|

Workers wrap a rolled-up rain cover in black plastic to protect it through the winter. It remains attached to [...]