Technology and equipment

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.

Electric orchard equipment progress

By |April 7th, 2014|

Orchardists are showing interest in electric power, and it’s coming, slowly.

Microsprinklers for frost protection

By |April 2nd, 2014|

Capturing the orchard heating power of freezing water.
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    Mechanical thinning can damage spurs, leaf tissue and flowers

Mechanical thinning can damage spurs, leaf tissue and flowers

By |March 25th, 2014|

Mechanical thinning looks like a ­promising technique for reducing the amount of labor-intensive hand thinning required in order to [...]

Bee renting tips

By |March 19th, 2014|

Smith helps growers and beekeepers come together agreeably

Pollen tube growth model makes thinning more precise

By |March 19th, 2014|

Blossom-time apple thinning model explored for eastern growers.

Protecting your high-value crop

By |March 19th, 2014|

Orchard netting may be cost effective for high-value varieties like Honeycrisp.

Save money by applying pesticides where it’s needed

By |March 3rd, 2014|

Perimeter sprays: Growers can save money applying pesticides only where they’re most needed.

Bird vs. bird

By |March 3rd, 2014|

Raptors seem to instill panic and lasting fear in nuisance birds.

Scare tactics: Bird management

By |March 3rd, 2014|

Birds know when fruit is ripe, and it’s hard to convince them to stay away.