New Developments

Who will pick the fruit? : 2014 Growers of the Year

By |December 4th, 2014|

Craig O’Brien designs his orchards to be attractive to workers.

Collaborative approach: 2014 Growers of the Year

By |December 3rd, 2014|

O’Brien brothers are known for their innovation and collaboration.

Quiet innovators – 2014 Growers of the Year

By |December 1st, 2014|

Brothers Craig and Mike O’Brien have been testing the limits of tree density in an effort to maximize yields and stay competitive. Their innovative and inspiring approach has earned them the title of Good Fruit Growers of the Year.

Distinguished Service Award: Harold Thome

By |November 28th, 2014|

Harold Thome is old enough to remember his dad packing apples into barrels for shipment to Chicago 200 miles [...]

Sweet Rosa Lynn

By |November 28th, 2014|

The new apple variety Rosa Lynn is named after the wives of the two people who discovered it in [...]

Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

By |November 26th, 2014|

A shift from ladders to illuminated platforms allows pickers to work day or night.

Mylar machine moves fast

By |November 26th, 2014|

Antonio Montoya invented a machine that takes most of the labor out of laying a reflective mulch.

A tale of two harvesters

By |November 26th, 2014|

Two ladderless apple harvest machines vie for grower approval. They are now for sale.

Understanding how tart cherry trees work is key to quality and cost control

By |November 24th, 2014|

Ask an orchard manager, just how good a job do you have to do to keep it producing high quality fruit year after year?

Sensors help classify insects

By |November 21st, 2014|

New research holds promise for growers.