Research tackles decay issue

A new project will focus on controlling decay and finding pollinizers that are not disease hosts.

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  • $60-million boost

$60-million boost

  • December 1st, 2011

A mechanical harvester is part of a major research project relating to production and marketing of stem-free sweet cherries.

More than $60 million dollars in grants have been awarded so far through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative specifically for research ­projects in tree fruit and grapes.

This is the fourth year [...]

  • Spray equipment still evolving

Spray equipment still evolving

  • December 1st, 2011

The Raven spray controller has brought major improvements to orchard spraying.
Courtesy Blueline Equipment

A major breakthrough in orchard spray technology in the last decade has been a rate control system that automatically calibrates sprayers during spraying, saving countless gallons of crop protection chemicals. Future spray technologies could include sprayers [...]

  • Precise IPM requires good data

Precise IPM requires good data

  • December 1st, 2011

This Washington State University weather station in Tonasket is part of the AgWeatherNet service, providing growers with detailed environmental data.
courtesy washington state university

More precise integrated pest management practices go hand in hand with accurate weather and environmental data. You can’t have better targeted insect sprays or use predictive [...]

Focusing on tomorrow today

  • December 1st, 2011

Apple, pear, and walnut growers will have several opportunities this winter to learn how to take advantage of natural enemies in their orchards for controlling key pests.

Washington State University entomologist Dr. Vince Jones expects to see a move towards more precise integrated pest management in apples and pears in [...]

  • Research spinoffs result in smarter sprayers

Research spinoffs result in smarter sprayers

  • December 1st, 2011

The variable output nozzles and adjustable louver, developed for this citrus sprayer as part of a specialty crop research project, should soon be available for tree fruit sprayers.

Using autonomous tractors to perform pesticide spraying is possible—and may one day be practical—but given the expense of equipment and liability concerns [...]

  • Electronic trap saves labor

Electronic trap saves labor

  • November 1st, 2011

Johnny Park, engineer of the Z-Trap, was in Washington State recently to demonstrate a new codling moth trap that counts insects, sending trap data to a computer.
Melissa Hansen

An electronic trap for monitoring insect pests will free up growers or employees from the chore of checking trap catches every [...]

  • The Tangler

The Tangler

  • November 1st, 2011

Brett Bunker shows off the launcher he uses to dispense pheromone-containing capsules in apple trees. The clip in the magazine holds 25 capsules. Left: When the Tangler is launched, the capsule splits and the string wraps, bolo-like, when it strikes a tree branch. Early in the season, there is [...]

  • Growers battle stinkbug

Growers battle stinkbug

  • October 1st, 2011

Eastern peach growers report having greater success in controlling the brown marmorated stinkbug this year than they did in 2010.

Rice Fruit Company installed new defect sorting equipment in its apple packing operation earlier this year—making a sizable investment in anticipation of another onslaught from brown marmorated stinkbug.

“We’re hoping it’s [...]

  • Sticking with pears

Sticking with pears

  • September 1st, 2011

Rood built this platform especially for removing fireblight strikes. Controls let him steer, brake, clutch, shift gears, and control acceleration. Shears or saw on a long pole are powered by air.
Richard Lehnert

There was a time when Michigan rivaled Oregon for third place in U.S. pear production, but a [...]

Put us to work for you

  • August 1st, 2011

I am fortunate to travel the country meeting with apple growers, packers, and other USApple members, and hear firsthand the issues and challenges they are facing daily. I am often asked, “What are the important issues?” and I want to provide an inside look at the challenges your staff [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • August 1st, 2011

Jack Everhart, left, New Holland, Inc., congratulates John Riel, right, of Burrows Tractor.

Recognition for Burrows
The New Holland dealership Burrows Tractor, Inc., in Yakima, Washington, has earned membership to New Holland’s President’s Club in recognition of outstanding achievement in business facilities, management, sales, parts and service support, and customer [...]

Building a better fly trap

  • August 1st, 2011

The spotted wing drosophila is easy to catch using cheap and readily available baits.

Apple cider vinegar is being recommended for homemade traps in the Pacific Northwest. A cheap red wine can be used, also.

But what is it about wine or vinegar that the flies find so attractive?

This is a [...]