Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

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

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  • 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 [...]

Precise disease management is complicated

  • September 1st, 2013

Like insects, diseases develop in predictable ways based on ­growing-degree accumulations, but diseases are driven more by moisture than are insects, which makes management more complicated. For both insects and diseases, predictive models are used, but insect models are more precise than disease models.

The models used by New York [...]

  • Growers need to adjust sprayers for deposition and drift

Growers need to adjust sprayers for deposition and drift

  • September 1st, 2013

Precise application of pesticides in orchards provides growers with better crop protection, less environmental pollution, and better use of resources. It costs less when pesticides are not wasted.

Since coming to Cornell University in 1998, Dr. Andrew Landers has been working to make airblast canopy sprayers, designed more than 50 [...]

  • Top Five pear research needs

Top Five pear research needs

  • September 1st, 2013

Although most pears are grown in traditional orchards, the same way they’ve been grown for many decades, there’s not a great momentum for change. Ray Schmitten, a pear grower in Cashmere, Washington, says that innovation in the orchard is less critical than finding ways to ensure that consumers have [...]

  • 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.
  • 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

Kari Peter, the new plant pathologist at Penn State, will serve fruit growers in three states.
by Richard Lehnert

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 [...]

  • 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 [...]