Technology and equipment

Labor worries spur automation effort

By |November 7th, 2014|

Washington scientists are looking for worldwide collaborators to work on automated harvesting.

RosBREED extended with new SCRI grant of $10 million

By |November 6th, 2014|

Ten million dollars in new funding will transform the RosBREED project from a research program devoted to genetic discovery [...]

Robots that fly

By |November 3rd, 2014|

UAVs—also known as drones—are waiting in the wings to come into orchards and vineyards.

Controlling the stinkers

By |November 3rd, 2014|

Strides have been made against brown marmorated stinkbug.

Exploring on-farm hydropower

By |November 2nd, 2014|

After helping growers install superior fish screens, the Farmers Conservation Alliance is looking at the potential for turbines in canals.

Optical sorters come to wineries

By |November 1st, 2014|

The same type of high-tech sorting equipment used by tree fruit packers is being adopted in the wine industry.

Multi-row sprayers offer great improvements in timeliness

By |October 24th, 2014|

As more growers move toward modern, high-density planting systems to improve yield and orchard management, the sprayer output needs [...]

Line built specially for Rainiers

By |October 1st, 2014|

Chelan Fruit Cooperative, one of the largest packers of Rainier cherries in Washington State, built a new packing facility [...]

Retirements reduce Cornell’s tall spindle apple team

By |September 15th, 2014|

Stephen Hoying, Alison DeMarree both joined program in 1982.

An easy way to test maturity

By |August 19th, 2014|

The DA-meter measures chlorophyll in the outer layer of the apple.