Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

ADVERTISEMENT

  • Scenes from crop estimation research at the Betts Farms concord vineyards in Westfield, New York

Tools for counting the crop

September 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Combining low-tech crop load samples with high-tech maps could make vineyards more efficient.

  • Lake Ontario Fruit Summer Tour

Growers in pursuit of precision agriculture

September 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers and growers in New York aim to push high-density orchards to peak performance.

  • wsda logo

WSDA seeking participants for vineyard study

September 19th, 2017|1 Comment

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is looking for participants for their vineyard survey.

  • Pear psylla trials

Sustainable and less sticky solutions for pear psylla

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

New pear IPM project looks at potential for biocontrols and pest repellents.

  • Interpera 10th World Pear Conference

Packers improve, impress with pears

September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Wenatchee pear packers show Interpera group new technology on their lines.

  • Woot Froot

Customers are willing to pay a premium only on high quality, fresh sliced pears

September 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

A premium price
Recently, a willingness-to-pay study has shown that consumers are willing to pay up

  • iftaOverallFrost-8384rc-1CUTOUT

Arctic armor: Methods of combating frost

September 6th, 2017|0 Comments

New frost prevention investments by Michigan growers paid off during 2017 bloom-time frost.

  • 01_COVER_SEP2017-feat

The Endicott Tree: National treasure hedged in by time and development

August 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Hidden from view, down an embankment in an unremarkable business park north of Boston stands

  • figure4

The high-tech promise of hands-off

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Mechanization researchers have seen quality improvements along with possibilities of cost savings.

  • BudXraySubmitted-feat

X-ray vision to see ice formation inside buds

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Using an advanced type of X-ray imaging to examine ice formation inside wild grape buds,

  • SameGrapes-July2017

Same grapes, different names – Cynthiana and Norton

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

A long-running debate over grapes in Missouri and Arkansas has been put to rest by

  • BasM9Summer6915-2

Be aware of shortcomings with Malling 9 rootstock

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

High summer temperatures and shallow soils can adversely affect canopy development and yield.

  • Geneva 935 rootstock inoculation trials

Researchers put virus theory to trial in G.935 decline

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Pathogen probe

  • Drone flights over orchards

Allan Bros. paces innovation

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Longtime Washington fruit company leads the way with development of new technologies, including collaboration on vacuum picker.

  • WTFRC

Cherry pesticide residue survey results available

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The results of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission’s seventh annual cherry pesticide residue survey are now available.

  • cropAdaptedSpraying-1

A better way to spray

August 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Application tech specialist from Ontario finds crop-adapted spraying reduces pesticide use by an average of 25 percent.

  • wsuScientificLiteracy

A layman’s guide to reading research articles

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Two Washington State University extension specialists have released a free guide to help readers wade

  • Screen-Shot-2017-08-14-at-10.55.24-AM

Entomologists join WSU for pear IPM project

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Two new entomologists have joined the Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center

  • Apple disorders

Sunburn and sunscald: Beware the warning signs – Video

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Sunburn and sunscald research underway in sunny Chile could lead to tools that would benefit growers in all arid regions.

  • TechbySeason1947sd-1-feat

Orchard mechanization gains momentum

August 8th, 2017|5 Comments

Growers increasingly find ways to adopt new technologies across all four seasons.

  • Abundant Robotics automated vacuum harvester

Willett: Taking advantage of technology

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

The desire to automate segments of the tree fruit industry isn’t new.

At its formation, as

  • cornell_logo

Cornell berry workshop set for Aug. 29

July 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Cornell University will hold a berry crop field workshop at Aug. 29 at the Berry Patch in Stephentown, N.Y.

  • Interpera 10th World Pear Conference

Overcoming the pear plateau: Interpera 2017 – Video

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Growers gather to share ideas to increase production, which has been flat for the past 10 years around most of the world.

  • Tim Akita

Tim Akita, a young grower from Dallesport, Washington

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Tim is a fourth-generation farmer who works both as a chiropractor in The Dalles, Oregon, and runs the family farm that his great-grandfather, Nobuhei Akita, started in 1931.

  • interpera2017-6

The quest for new varieties, cold-hardy rootstock

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Researchers from around the world presented their latest findings regarding cold-hardy rootstocks and new varieties

  • GR-Technology6

Washington wine commission sets research priorities

July 26th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington State Wine Commission has approved a list of research priorities for the coming year.

  • Blueberry varieties

New blueberry varieties may stretch season, refresh slowing market

July 25th, 2017|0 Comments

The blues are changing their tune

  • WSU-Unit_Social-Badge

WSU Transitioning to Organic tour set for Aug. 2, 3

July 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Washington State University and the Next Generation Tree Fruit Network will hold a pair of

  • deepDeficit-2

Study pushes limits of deficit irrigation

July 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Drastic reductions in irrigation delivered decent results in first year of study, but vines showed accumulated stress in year two.

  • IFTASummerTour-7223rcfeat2

IFTA Summer Tour wraps up with focus on research, frost

July 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

The Michigan tree fruit industry is chock full of innovative growers rapidly diversifying, modernizing and

  • Family Tree Farms

Cowgill: Improving rootstocks for peaches

July 18th, 2017|1 Comment

By Win Cowgill: After NC-140 research project’s success, new studies hope to do the same with peaches.

  • bacterial canker in cherry

Thwarting a cherry killer

July 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Early research suggests acclimating trees and sending them into early dormancy may help prevent bacterial canker infections.

  • foil stretcher-GFG web featured

IFTA in Michigan, Day One: fruit set was not affected by netting

July 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

In western Michigan, the center of the state’s fresh apple industry is located on a

  • FutureFarm Expo

FutureFarm Expo set for August 15-17

July 14th, 2017|0 Comments

The first public demonstration of a virtual reality operated vineyard robot will take place during the FutureFarm Expo on August 15-16 in Pendleton, Oregon.

  • Bing cherry harvest in Parker, Washington

Lake Ontario Tour shows wide range of New York tree fruit farming

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

The only consistency on the Lake Ontario Fruit Program tour this summer was the humidity. Otherwise, the five-farm tour organized by Cornell University Cooperative Extension covered a remarkably diverse swath of tree fruit farming in a narrow band along Lake Ontario’s shores: new high density apple plantings and apple orchards far older than this reporter, along with high density peaches, berries, and a brand new cidery.

  • CrownGall2

OSU researchers develop field test for crown gall

July 11th, 2017|0 Comments

A woman can find out if she’s pregnant without going to a doctor. Soon, farmers may be able to find out if their fruit trees or grape vines have crown gall disease without going to a laboratory.

  • plumPoxVirus-1

Lessons learned from Michigan’s plum pox plight

July 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Michigan research station recovers 10 years after infection requires removal of entire orchards.

  • sePeaches-1

Southeastern peach growers eye solutions after freeze

July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

After warm winter, southeastern peach growers lost most of their crop to a spring freeze — now finding ways to adapt has become critical.

  • COcytospora2

Colorado’s canker crisis costing millions

July 7th, 2017|2 Comments

Growers and researchers are working together to figure out how to protect peach trees.

  • goodfruitES

Corr: Our mission in Spanish

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

As every magazine reader knows, this has been an awful decade for the business of

  • (Courtesy Lynn Sosnoskie)

Hansen: Filling void in weed research at WSU

July 6th, 2017|1 Comment

New WSU faculty member puts emphasis on weed management in Washington vineyards.

  • harrisCraigYoungGrower-12282tj

Craig Harris, a young grower from Moxee, Washington

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

family background / Craig is a fourth-generation farmer who graduated from Whitworth College. He grew

  • cornell_logo

Mite threatening honeybees in New York

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

A tiny mite is being blamed for major honeybee losses in New York, threatening the state’s $500 million agriculture industry.

  • United Fresh Produce Association logo

Five companies honored with Produce Innovation Awards

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Five products were honored with Produce Innovation Awards at the United Fresh Produce Association’s event in June.

  • WSU-Unit_Social-Badge

WSU wine researchers win distilled spirit honors

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

A team from Washington State University took home top honors at the Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, for research on spirits using a technique traditionally used on wine.

  • Winter cherry pruning systems

To KGB or not to KGB?

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Some cherry growers expand, some scale back on labor-friendly Kym Green Bush systems.

  • coldSnapPear1957-1

New Canadian pear varieties are fire blight tolerant

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

A decade after a processing plant closed and persistent fire blight problems pushed many Ontario

  • PremierHoneycrisp

Honeycrisp sports race toward red

June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

New varieties aren’t the only things on growers’ minds. They are also thinking about upgrading

  • crunchABunchBakersDelight-1

Lots of new apples coming to market

June 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Appealing taste profiles, earlier harvesting and southern expansions are some of the characteristics of the