Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

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

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  • Gillisons make first in-kind donation to Michigan research fund

Gillisons make first in-kind donation to Michigan research fund

  • January 16th, 2015

Ron and Dianne Gillison, owners of Gillison’s Variety Fabrication, which designs and builds machinery for the fruit industry, were recognized as being the first allied industry in Michigan to make an in-kind contribution under the new Michigan Tree Fruit Commission.

They are contributing an orchard sprayer—“of the design of their [...]

Michigan cider makers unite

  • January 15th, 2015

A small group of Michigan hard cider makers has started the Michigan Cider Association.

“The bylaws were signed during Expo,” said Mike Beck, owner of Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery & Distillery in St. Johns, Michigan.

Beck is president of the United States Association of Cider Makers and treasurer of the [...]

  • How to harvest and store WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) apples

How to harvest and store WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) apples

  • December 16th, 2014

Earlier Good Fruit Grower articles have described the taste and horticultural traits of the recently commercialized apple cultivar WA 38. In this article, we want to focus on the unique qualities of WA 38 fruit during maturation and storage.

WA 38 trees have been grown in four grower sites across [...]

  • Use winter weeds to improve soil

Use winter weeds to improve soil

  • December 16th, 2014

Winter weeds are a cheap way of improving and adding organic matter to soil. It is costly and difficult to sow a cover crop on the tree row, so let winter weeds do the job for you.

Most weeds support beneficial arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, as do most other flowering [...]