Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

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

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  • Minnesota growers feel excluded

Minnesota growers feel excluded

  • August 1st, 2010

A key question for Minnesota growers is whether SweeTango is a club, niche apple of minor consequence or a “Honeycrisp killer” destined for the mainstream.

Fred Wescott, who grows apples and operates Wescott Orchards and Agri Products, a packing facility in Elgin, Minnesota, told Good Fruit Grower that the exclusive [...]

Nutrient needs by apple trees

  • August 1st, 2010

Getting the right nutrient levels in the orchard starts with answering the basic questions: How much of each element does a tree need, and when does it need it?

For Lailiang Cheng at Cornell University, answering the question was a matter of exerting total control and then measuring.

In a series [...]

  • Storing Honeycrisp

Storing Honeycrisp

  • August 1st, 2010

A new CA control system supplied by Storage Control Systems, Sparta, Michigan, was installed at Michigan State University in 2008. Employee Dan Boozer is pictured. The new lab contains individual cabinets in which small lots of fruit can be held under tightly controlled conditions.

As more and more Honeycrisp apples [...]

  • Target fruit

Target fruit

  • August 1st, 2010

The optimized orchard system generates high production and high-value target fruit. The trees have little structural wood and are supported by an eight-wire trellis.

“If left alone, an apple tree will not develop a canopy that maximizes both light absorption and light distribution.  That is your job and your challenge [...]

Answers to food safety questions

  • August 1st, 2010

The Center for Produce Safety held its first produce research symposium in June to review projects it has sponsored.

Chris Schlect, president of the Northwest Horticultural Council and a member of the CPS’s advisory board, said the research is designed to answer real-world questions that will help the produce industry [...]

  • Water stress impacts cherries

Water stress impacts cherries

  • August 1st, 2010

Denise Neilsen explains how an atmometer is used in a cherry irrigation experiment at the Summerland research center in British Columbia.

The timing of irrigation can impact the growth of a cherry tree and the quality of the fruit, research in British Columbia, Canada ­suggests.

Drs. Gerry and Denise Neilsen, scientists [...]

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  • August 1st, 2010

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There’s promise in new pruning method

  • August 1st, 2010

Michigan State University horticulturist Dr. Greg Lang visited Stefano Musacchi in Italy in 2008, and subsequently invited him to speak at the International Fruit Tree Association annual conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in March. Musacchi joined the IFTA tour of Lang’s work with fruiting walls of sweet cherries growing [...]

  • Mechanical thin cherries

Mechanical thin cherries

  • August 1st, 2010

The Darwin string thinner is attached to the front of the tractor. The Bonner is in the background.
Mechanical thinning equipment has been tested for several years during bloom on apples and soft fruits, such as peaches and nectarines, but is now being tested prebloom for cherry thinning.

Two mechanical [...]

A direct marketer’s directory of apple varieties

  • July 1st, 2010

Harvest date*
Variety
Comments

8/20
Zestar!
Crispy, juicy, nice sweet/tart balance, good flavor for an early apple, firm slices

8/20
Dandee Red
High acid, good keeper for its season

8/20
Sansa
Excellent sweet/tart balance and crunch, disease resistant

9/1
Ginger Gold
Stores into late January

9/3
Gala
Sweet, mild, crisp, slices stay firm

9/15
McIntosh
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  • Last Bite Variety Roundup

Last Bite Variety Roundup

  • July 1st, 2010

Left to right: Envy, an ENZA variety, is in field trials in New Zealand, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States; Ariane was developed in France from crosses of old varieties including Florina, Prima, and Golden Delicious; Evelina, a red sport of Pinova, was discovered in Germany; Honeycrunch [...]

  • Avoid hazards when choosing cherries to plant

Avoid hazards when choosing cherries to plant

  • July 1st, 2010

Early Robin has the potential of meeting the demand for an early harvest Rainier-type cherry.

Twenty years ago, fresh cherry producers in the Pacific Northwest were limited in their variety choices to primarily Bing and Rainier. Now, however, there is a plethora of available varieties with more appearing all the [...]