Good Point – Jim McFerson

  • December 1st, 2009

Predictions and promises are easy enough, as long as they’re vague. On the other hand, few people really remember the predictions, so why not take a shot and even get specific? Here are some of mine, for the next ten years in the Pacific Northwest tree fruit industry.

Some things [...]

Field sorting culls

  • December 1st, 2009

One area of research that John Verbrugge thinks has been overlooked is field sorting of culls.

Verbrugge, new president of the Washington State Horticultural Association, said the industry has made great strides in developing a mechanical harvester that uses robotics, although when it is commercially ready, the harvester will require [...]

  • Field sorting could bring a bonus

Field sorting could bring a bonus

  • December 1st, 2009

The recently planted WSU research orchard will allow study of planting designs for the future.

One of the new technologies Washington State University entomologist Dr. Jay Brunner expects and hopes to see in the next decade is automated sorting of fruit in the field. Apart from reducing a grower’s costs [...]

  • Past, present, and future

Past, present, and future

  • December 1st, 2009

Chuck Peters designed his new pear orchard with mechanization and new technologies in mind.

It might be possible to develop apples with yet-to-be-identified health benefits, says orchardist Chuck Peters.

When Chuck Peters, a pear grower from Yakima, Washington, was asked in 1987 to predict what the fruit industry would be dealing [...]

  • Let there be light

Let there be light

  • September 1st, 2009

Ideally, the long-term future will bring a dwarfing rootstock to enable pear growers to switch to more efficient production systems, but a more immediate need is to enhance production on the large trees they already have in the ground.
Dr. Todd Einhorn, horticulturist with Oregon State University in Hood [...]

Autosorting at the orchard

  • August 1st, 2009

Technology that will be tested in Washington State this harvest could help apple growers sort out undesirable fruit in the orchard and avoid the costs of sending it to the warehouse.

Picker Technologies, LLC, a Washington-based company, and Oxbo Corporation of Wisconsin, are developing a picking platform designed not only [...]

  • Cherry revolution

Cherry revolution

  • August 1st, 2009

Growers learn about the UFO system in a cherry trial planted this spring at the orchard of Tim Dahle in The Dalles, Oregon.

Cherry production is going through a revolution, just as the apple industry did 30 years ago with new varieties, rootstocks, and training systems. But the revolution in [...]

Classified

  • August 1st, 2009

BIRD CONTROL
EFFECTIVE AND AFFORDABLE netting for bird control from Neal Carter & Associates, Ltd. Nets are available for cherries, grapes, and other crops in a range of widths, sizes, and colors. Applicators, pegs, and custom nets are also for sale, www.farmsolutions.net. 250-494-1099. 50953

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Good Stuff

  • August 1st, 2009

Tunnel tour
Haygrove Tunnels is organizing a tour to the United Kingdom to give U.S. growers an opportunity to see tunnels used on British farms. The tour, which is scheduled for September 27-30, will highlight cost-effective production methods, tunnel innovations, and research results.

The cost is $599 for double occupancy. [...]

Buyer’s Guide Listings – 2009-2010

  • August 1st, 2009

INDUSTRY SUPPLIERS BY CATEGORY

•CA/Cold Storage
•Fertilizers/Nutrition
•Harvest Equipment
•Irrigation/Frost Control
•Nursery Stock
•Pest Management
•Postharvest Equipment
•Production Equipment
•Supplies/Services
•Tree Training

INDUSTRY SUPPLIERS ALPHABETICALLY
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In the Box

  • July 1st, 2009

Dear Good Fruit Grower:

If Ben Mann (cover artist, June 2009 Good Fruit Grower) were working for me, he would be immediately given his final check and asked to not come back.

Perhaps, on a good day, I would first ask him to re-read our printed ladder safety manual, and give [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • July 1st, 2009

Model 320 Vineyard Special

Topdresser spreader

Earth and Turf Products, LLC, of New Holland, Pennsylvania, has introduced a vineyard topdresser spreader. The Model 320 Vineyard Special measures 39 inches at its widest point. It fits between narrow vineyard or orchard rows but can carry two cubic yards of topdressing (maximum load [...]