December 2010 Issue

Cherry harvest shifts later

By |December 1st, 2010|

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At one time, when she grew standard cherry varieties, such as Van, Lambert, Star, and Stella, harvest ended in July

Fruit region is electric vehicle hub

By |December 1st, 2010|

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The days of 30-cents-per-gallon gasoline are long gone, but new electric vehicles can run on the equivalent of that in

Platform transforms orchard work

By |December 1st, 2010|

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Tom DeMarree bought this Blosi platform and uses it for many tasks, including installing trellis wire.

Workers crimp stabilizer wires onto

Vacuum harvester passes bruising tests

By |December 1st, 2010|

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Critical components of the DBR harvester are the vacuum tubes (green ones carry apples), the decelerator wheels (circular steel), and

Orchards designed for efficient harvest

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Michael Zingler stands next to a planting of SweeTango in its third leaf and describes the reasoning behind the design

How do platforms impact workers?

By |December 1st, 2010|

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Kit Galvin of the University of Washington explains how she is studying the health impacts of platform work. Rolf Luehs

REAP can benefit orchardists

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Fruit growers have been less likely than other farmers to tap into funds available under the USDA Rural Energy for

The Aussie Bush for cherries

By |December 1st, 2010|

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To get cherry trees into production quickly and produce large firm cherries, it is generally accepted that we must:

• Grow each

Electric-tractor maker gears up

By |December 1st, 2010|

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Steve Heckeroth had a number of potential buyers for his crawler tractor when the price of gas and diesel was

More cherries in the pipeline

By |December 1st, 2010|

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New, late-maturing cherry varieties developed in British Columbia, Canada, have helped keep the province’s cherry growers in ­business.

“At one stage,

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