Technology and equipment

Nurseries invest in Phytelligence

By |May 15th, 2013|

Four major nurseries that form the North American group of the International New Varieties ­Network (INN) have made a [...]

Evaluating grape sites

By |April 15th, 2013|

Michelle Moyer demonstrates how WSU’s vineyard site evaluation computer model works.
PHOTO BY MELISSA HANSEN

Dr. Michelle Moyer, Washington State [...]

Testing tree health

By |April 15th, 2013|

Dennis Smith, horticulturist with G.S. Long Company, Inc., in Yakima, Washington, has been doing soil and leaf sampling for [...]

Weed ZAPPER

By |April 15th, 2013|

Engineer Graham Brodie developed the microwave weed-killing machine. Four microwave horn antennae at the back end, each about four [...]

Most vineyard tasks mechanized

By |April 1st, 2013|

This trunk scrubber of the vMech system is used by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to control suckers. The device [...]

Mechanizing vineyard saves hundreds per acre

By |April 1st, 2013|

At year’s end, when costs of all the grapevine tasks are added up, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’s Mike Means [...]

High-tech nursery cuts propagation time

By |April 1st, 2013|

Pear rootstocks growing in the tissue culture lab.
PHOTOS BY GERALDINE WARNER

A high-tech nursery based in Pullman, Washington, is [...]

Last Bite: FruiTrivia

By |April 1st, 2013|

1. An experimental Solid Set Canopy Delivery System is designed for:
a.    Applying pesticides
b.    Evaporative cooling
c.    [...]

Grape harvesters are going high-tech

By |April 1st, 2013|

Mechanical harvesters have picked Washington State’s juice grapes and many of the state’s wine grapes for decades, though high-end [...]

What Tier 4 standards mean

By |April 1st, 2013|

Fuel requirements. New engines will require ultra-low sulfur diesel that has no more than 15 parts per million of [...]