November 2011 Issue

Technology for the packing house

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Inventions developed in the course of building a better apple-harvesting system might have application also in packing houses.

Picker Technologies developed

Safety regulations nix customized platforms

By |November 1st, 2011|

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A worker uses a Girette to prune trees.
Courtesy Flathead Cherry Growers, Montana

Regulators in British Columbia, Canada, have developed safety documentation

Concord grapes, part of American culture

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Though Concord was generally accepted as being pure Vitis labrusca, horticulturists today believe it is a hybrid with another species

So, does it bruise the fruit?

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The Picker Tech harvester is on tracks, making it easy to turn and reducing soil compaction.

A concern about mechanically assisted

On a FasTrack

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Horticulturist Ralph Scorza pollinates plum flowers while geneticist Ann Callahan measures sugar content and molecular biologist Chris Dardick measures fruit

Postharvest potential for picking platform

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George Lobisser sees potential for in-field postharvest treatments.
Geraldine Warner

When George Lobisser saw a new mobile apple-harvesting system in action, it

South Carolina peach breeder wants better peaches, faster

By |November 1st, 2011|

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Ksenija Gasic heads Clemson University’s peach-breeding program, which was recently revived after a 25-year hiatus.
Richard Lehnert

One of the great things

Under-cover operation

By |November 1st, 2011|

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Workers wrap a rolled-up rain cover in black plastic to protect it through the winter. It remains attached to a

B.C.’s strategic plan stymied

By |November 1st, 2011|

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When the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association launched its strategic plan four years ago, the priorities were to develop new

Picker and sorter

By |November 1st, 2011|

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Miguel Geronimo found himself testing the new harvester during his first season as an apple picker. He previously worked in

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