Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

A shift from ladders to illuminated platforms allows pickers to work day or night.

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Monitoring, managing codling moth clearly and precisely

  • January 21st, 2014

A research report from Alan Knight, USDA–Wapato; Loys Hawkins and Kathleen McNamara, Bear Creek Orchards, Oregon; and
Rick Hilton, Oregon State University

Today, growers have a number of tools to effectively manage codling moth, including sex pheromones, granulovirus, three classes of insect growth regulators, and eight classes of synthetic insecticides [...]

  • Retail sales of sliced apples continue to soar

Retail sales of sliced apples continue to soar

  • January 13th, 2014

At first glance, apples, like eggs, seem endowed by nature with perfect packaging, but the ­market for fresh apple slices continues to grow.

“People thought we were crazy—people still think it’s crazy that people buy an apple that’s already sliced,” admits Tony Freytag, senior vice president for sales and marketing [...]