Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

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

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  • Ideas from Mars

Ideas from Mars

  • November 9th, 2014
Horticulturist takes inspiration from NASA to envision crews of robots in the orchard.

RosBREED extended with new SCRI grant of $10 million

  • November 6th, 2014

Ten million dollars in new funding will transform the RosBREED project from a research program devoted to genetic discovery into a more focused, practical phase of breeding fruit crops resistant to diseases.

The new funding comes from the Specialty Crop Research Initiative. Spread over five years, the funding will bring [...]

  • Exploring on-farm hydropower

Exploring on-farm hydropower

  • November 2nd, 2014
After helping growers install superior fish screens, the Farmers Conservation Alliance is looking at the potential for turbines in canals.
  • Multi-row sprayers offer great improvements in timeliness

Multi-row sprayers offer great improvements in timeliness

As more growers move toward modern, high-density planting systems to improve yield and orchard management, the sprayer output needs to be matched to the modern canopy. The closely planted trees of today’s modern orchard require totally different management than the large, traditional tree canopies of older orchards.

Unfortunately, many growers [...]

  • Northern Grapes Project gets $2.6 million in added funding

Northern Grapes Project gets $2.6 million in added funding

  • October 16th, 2014

The Northern Grapes Project has received an additional $2.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative to complete the final two years of the multistate effort, which began in 2011.

The project, originally funded at $2.5 million but budgeted for $6.1 million over five [...]