New Developments

Grower focuses on one variety, one market

By |April 23rd, 2014|

If fruit doesn’t meet gift grade quality, it may be left on the tree.

Evaluating technology for orchard use

By |April 23rd, 2014|

New orchard technologies must be compatible with high production, said grower Jerry Haak.
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    Be careful in adopting summer hedging to build fruiting walls

Be careful in adopting summer hedging to build fruiting walls

By |April 22nd, 2014|

A Pennsylvania researcher warns growers south of New York, where trees grow more vigorously, that they might want to take a cautious approach on adoption of summer pruning and shearing to create fruiting walls.

New tests measure soil health

By |April 21st, 2014|

New measuring tests allow growers to track the impact of soil management changes.

Four reasons to manage the orchard floor

By |April 21st, 2014|

Several forces at work suggest that orchardists should look more closely at how they manage the floors of their orchards and vineyards.

Calculate target yield

By |April 16th, 2014|

Many factors contribute to the profitability of an orchard. The two most important factors are marketable yield per hectare [...]

Herbicide-resistance raises concerns

By |April 15th, 2014|

Specialty crops growers, especially those who grow grapes, will have new cause for concern in 2015 when new genetically modified field crops are expected to come to fields near their orchards and vineyards.

Pay attention to the soil

By |April 14th, 2014|

Growers should pay more attention to the soil.

Organic matter that lasts

By |April 14th, 2014|

Tree fruit growers may one day have a new way to dramatically improve soil quality in low-organic-matter soils. Imagine being able to add organic matter that will last thousands of years, essentially permanently affecting soil tilth and structure, instead of the few years you can get using cover crops and mulches. The “new” form of organic material is called biochar.

Which is better for growing apples, angled or upright?

By |April 11th, 2014|

Growers and researchers weigh in.