Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

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

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  • Rocks with a story

Rocks with a story

  • September 1st, 2013
These four types of rocks found in DuBrul Vineyard each tell a different story about the region’s geologic influences.
  • Hot tips for Honeycrisp

Hot tips for Honeycrisp

  • August 1st, 2013

Growers visited the Honeycrisp orchard of Mike Robinson (right) in June and will have the opportunity to return near harvest to see the impacts of various growing practices.
Geraldine Warner

When Washington State growers began planting Honeycrisp in the late 1990s, the wisdom was that the variety would present an [...]

Good Stuff

  • August 1st, 2013

Closer receives registration
Dow AgroSciences has received federal registration of its sulfoxaflor insecticide, sold under the brand name Closer, which is designed to control sap-feeding insects, such as aphids, in tree fruits and other crops. It is the only insecticide available for specialty crops that is classified in Group [...]

  • The Wafler-Cornell apple harvester

The Wafler-Cornell apple harvester

  • August 1st, 2013

This earlier prototype was photographed in August 2010, during an International Fruit Tree Association tour to Wafler Nursery. The new machine has a more finished look. Patent issues have limited picture availability.
Richard Lehnert

The owner of Wafler Nursery in Wolcott, New York, is working with Cornell ­University to perfect [...]

  • Paying by the pound

Paying by the pound

Growers who have seen a new cherry harvest monitoring system developed at Washington State University are eager for it to be commercialized.
  • Consumer pull

Consumer pull

  • August 1st, 2013

Proprietary Variety Management, a new company helping to commercialize  two new red-fleshed apple varieties developed by Bill Howell of Prosser, Washington, is using a different strategy from how varieties have been introduced in the past.

The company’s general manager John Reeves said the value chain starts with the breeder, goes [...]

  • Trellis enhances grape quality

Trellis enhances grape quality

  • July 1st, 2013

Wine grape pioneer Dick Boushey continues to fine-tune his viticultural practices to improve grape quality. One example is his experimentation with a different trellis design for his red wine grapes.
He’s converted several rows of Syrah and Sangiovese from the VSP (vertical shoot position) trellis to the Geneva double [...]

  • Performance report

Performance report

  • July 1st, 2013

After a year of work, the team of researchers developing Solid-Set Canopy Delivery Systems has issued its first report—and the results look promising.

Control of codling moth and mildew was “not quite as good” as airblast sprayer application, but acceptable, the report says. Coverage for most foliar inputs was adequate. [...]

  • Marked for progress

Marked for progress

  • July 1st, 2013

The four-year, $14.4 million RosBREED plant breeding project, funded in 2009 under the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, is coming to a new stage, winding down, wrapping up, summarizing, and telling people what’s been accomplished. But it’s also ramping up to convince the public to continue the project—because there’s still [...]

  • The path to commercialization

The path to commercialization

  • July 1st, 2013

For seven years now, Rutgers University of New Jersey and Adams County Nursery in Aspers, Pennsylvania, have been working under a “formal relationship” in which the nursery brings new fruit selections developed by the university into commercial channels.

Not much was said about it until this year, when Rutgers’ extension [...]

  • New model for variety release

New model for variety release

  • June 1st, 2013

RiverBelle
Courtesy of Wescott Agri Products

Two new apple varieties, Pazazz and RiverBelle, are growing in some apple orchards and coming to market through a new development process.

The apples are being commercialized by Apple Varietal Development LLC, a company organized by Fred Wescott, owner of Wescott Orchards and Agri Products [...]