Technology and equipment

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.

Sensors help classify insects

By |November 21st, 2014|

New research holds promise for growers.

Fighting food fraud with forensics

By |November 20th, 2014|

Each apple has a chemical fingerprint that links it to the place it was grown.

Remote pest managment with automated traps

By |November 20th, 2014|

With an electronic trap and wireless network, growers can spend less time scouting in the orchard.

Applying precision agriculture to tree fruit

By |November 10th, 2014|

Precision agriculture helps growers optimize returns.

Removing variability to improve crop uniformity

By |November 10th, 2014|

Precision agriculture allows farms to be managed in zones

Ideas from Mars

By |November 9th, 2014|

Horticulturist takes inspiration from NASA to envision crews of robots in the orchard.

Time’s right for precision ag

By |November 9th, 2014|

An effort to introduce variable-rate fertilizer applications in orchards was 20 years ahead of its time.