Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

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

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  • Managing nutrients in NW vineyards

Managing nutrients in NW vineyards

  • November 18th, 2013
For years, vineyardists in the Pacific Northwest have followed California recommendations to sample leaf petioles at bloom to assess the nutrient status of vines.
  • In-orchard sorting

In-orchard sorting

Storing apples is expensive, and storing bad apples is even more so. If you’re going to toss out a cull apple, the best time to do it is immediately.

Some packers have gone to prestorage sorting in the packing house. But for growers without packing lines who rent or use [...]

  • Pests ­modified with lethal genes

Pests ­modified with lethal genes

  • November 18th, 2013

A  British biotechnology company is developing a novel new way to control insect pests. Called RIDL, which stands for Release of Insects with Dominant Lethality, it works somewhat like sterile insect releases.

Instead of using radiation to create sterile male insects that mate ineffectively with females, lethal genes inserted into a [...]

Top 5 Technologies to use now

  • November 18th, 2013

New technologies that will allow orchardists to grow fruit more efficiently and deliver a better product to the consumer are becoming available. Below are five technologies that you can use now.
1 New chemistries
Two plant bioregulator products that are having an important impact in the industry are Apogee (prohexadione [...]

  • Preparing for change

Preparing for change

  • October 18th, 2013

When Dr. Stefano Musacchi arrived in Washington State in August, he knew the expectations were high.

Musacchi, a world-renowned pomologist from Italy, was appointed to a new position at Washington State University created with funding from a special grower assessment to enhance tree fruit research.

Musacchi arrived with plenty of ideas [...]

They like it fresh

  • October 17th, 2013

If you’re a person who doesn’t like tattoos and body piercings, looks suspiciously at people with dark skin, doesn’t like to hear people speaking languages other than English, and hates people who text message while in conversation with you, you’re in for a troubled future.

“Get over it.”

That’s the advice [...]

Michigan growers asked to support research

  • October 17th, 2013

The Michigan tree fruit industry is exploring the idea of creating a commission to collect money from growers to strengthen research efforts.

The new Michigan Tree Fruit Commission would be authorized to collect assessments from the state’s apple and cherry growers to maintain and improve Michigan’s four tree fruit research [...]