Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

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

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  • 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 [...]

  • Watch: Over-the-row cherry harvesting

Watch: Over-the-row cherry harvesting

  • September 1st, 2013

For the record—since this could be an event of historic significance—the harvest took place about two o’clock on the afternoon of July 11 in the orchard of Ed and Phyllis Oxley and their son, Chris, near Marcellus, Michigan.

In 12 minutes, the Korvan 9000 Vertirotor, with Chris at the helm, [...]

  • Universities collaborate

Universities collaborate

  • September 1st, 2013

Three eastern universities have agreed to work together to coordinate their hiring of faculty members serving fruit growers.

Informally called the Mid-­Atlantic Fruit Consortium, it’s built on a memorandum of understanding among the agriculture colleges of Pennsylvania State University, University of Maryland, and West Virginia University.

“It is a productive way [...]

  • Pest management requires precise tools

Pest management requires precise tools

  • September 1st, 2013

Over the years, fruit growers have traded in their shotgun-like pest control tools for more precise rifle-like tools and bullets capable of hitting moving targets with great accuracy. As they adopt these new weapons, they need to perfect their use of them.

During the Eastern Apple Precision Orchard Management Summit [...]

  • Reluctant Regina

Reluctant Regina

  • September 1st, 2013
Cherry growers in Oregon like the Regina cherry. They like that it has some resistance to rain cracking and that the fruit ships well to Asia or Europe. They just wish the trees would be more productive.