Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

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

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Satellite imagery updated

  • March 17th, 2015

Wilbur-Ellis Company has reached an agreement with Planet Labs to provide satellite imagery for its AgVerdict software.

AgVerdict is a decision-making tool that combines field-specific data with agronomists’ knowledge to maximize a grower’s return on investment. Data are stored on a cloud-based system and can be accessed from the field [...]

Portable tester measures sugar, color, and maturity

  • March 16th, 2015

Felix Instruments has introduced a hand-held meter for instantly and non-destructively measuring sugar content, color, and maturity of fruit. The F-750 NIR Handheld Produce Quality Meter enables producers to track fruit ripeness at every stage of development and from harvest through the sale of the produce. The instrument, which [...]

Intrexon to acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits for $41 million

Intrexon Corporation, of Germantown, Maryland, a company focusing on synthetic biology products, has agreed to acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), of Summerland, British Columbia, the pioneering agricultural company that created the non-browning Arctic apple.

The announcement came February 27, just two weeks after the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection [...]

WSU will add to tree fruit faculty

  • February 27th, 2015

Washington Stat

e University plans to hire several new faculty over the next couple of years to work specifically on issues important to the tree fruit industry.

The university is interviewing three candidates to fill the position of Extension Specialist Tim Smith, who officially retired last August but continues to work [...]

SWD research continues

  • February 25th, 2015

Great progress has been made in the last five years in learning about spotted wing drosophila, but much more is needed, says a Washington State University entomologist.

Dr. Betsy Beers of WSU checked off a list of things that have been accomplished in the last five years of living with [...]

  • Schlect: A cold Arctic blast

Schlect: A cold Arctic blast

  • February 17th, 2015

● USDA announced last Friday its deregulation of a Canadian firm’s–Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc.–two varieties (Granny Smith and Golden) of GMO apples, one day in advance of a three-day weekend. This is not unusual timing for controversial announcements by federal agencies. It almost guarantees a muted response in the [...]