Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

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

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WSU offers tannin training

  • November 19th, 2013

Washington State University is offering free online training for cider makers on how to test tannin levels in apple juice. The training teaches cider producers how to analyze their raw materials so that their cider has a consistent mouth feel.

Tannin provides astringency, or a sensation of dryness in the [...]

See grape harvest Down Under

  • November 19th, 2013

Washington State University’s Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling is leading a harvest-time vineyard and winery tour to Australia from March 30 to April 14, 2014. Registration is open for the tour that will visit more than 20 winemakers and vineyard owners in Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Tasmania, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Barossa [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • November 18th, 2013

Early Pink Lady
An early maturing selection of Pink Lady (cultivar Cripps Pink) is available from Brandt’s Fruit Trees in Yakima, Washington.

The selection matures up to three weeks earlier than the standard Pink Lady. Another distinction is that while standard Cripps Pink sometimes needs to be stored for a [...]

  • Sweetie, Smitten, and Papple

Sweetie, Smitten, and Papple

  • November 18th, 2013

 

The belief that certain apples have superior value perhaps began when a slithery creature wiggled up to Adam and Eve, hissing, “Try this. It has a nice balance of sweetness and tartness, and a sinfully good crunch.”

Adam and Eve validated what we know today: consumers will pay big for [...]

  • New wine center ­fulfills vision

New wine center ­fulfills vision

  • November 18th, 2013

The recent groundbreaking of Washington State University’s Wine Science Center is not just about the ceremonial start of construction on a new state-of-the-art facility. It’s about the future of Washington’s wine industry. The new wine center, being built at WSU Tri-Cities, helps fulfill the state wine industry’s vision of [...]

  • 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 [...]