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New Equipment & Technology

Featured stories about new equipment and technology appear in this issue.

Happy crews

  • April 1st, 2006

In addition to saving money in labor costs by using platforms in a Selah, Washington, orchard, Dave Jacques says they have happier workers. [...]

Pests on packed fruit

  • April 1st, 2006

Agricultural Research Service scientists in Yakima, Washington, are testing food-grade surfactants as a new method of ridding packed sweet cherries of mites, thrips, and [...]

Reflective material shines in trial

  • April 1st, 2006

Advanced maturity, increased fruit size, reduced number of pickings, and high yields were the second-year results of Washington State University research studying reflective material [...]

Asian lady beetle taints wine

  • April 1st, 2006

The multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis) is a voracious predator, feeding on aphids as well as other pests. According to information compiled by [...]

Lessons in research from Australia

  • April 1st, 2006

It’s no coincidence that Australia’s wine production and exports have skyrocketed in the last ten years. The accomplishment is a result of a 30-year [...]

Wooing the global customer

  • April 1st, 2006

The formula for success in an ever-expanding global sweet cherry market is easy to define: deliver to the consumer, with style, an extraordinary product [...]


  • April 1st, 2006

Heuser named to IFTA Hall of Fame Wally Heuser played a major role in forming the Dwarf Fruit Tree Association. Its first meeting was [...]

Australia rejects cherry debris

  • April 1st, 2006

Australia wants Pacific Northwest cherries, but not the leaves and spurs, thank you. Dr. Mike Willett, vice president for scientific affairs at [...]

Keeping sprays on target

  • April 1st, 2006


With goals of minimizing spray drift and maximizing spray coverage, an Oregon State University scientist is looking at a variety of spray and nozzle [...]

  • Apple Matters

Apple Matters

  • April 1st, 2006

The apple industry is constantly changing, and these changes can make the business of growing and selling apples even more challenging-increased pressures from international [...]

  • Alaska’s fruit pioneers

Alaska’s fruit pioneers

  • April 1st, 2006

Alaskan apples?
Spurred by a long warming trend and a craving for fresh produce, members of the aptly named Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association [...]

Platforms are adaptable

  • April 1st, 2006

In less than two years, Northstar Attachments, LLC, has manufactured ten orchard platforms for Pacific Northwest growers, each with different specifications. "No [...]

Mud into magic

  • April 1st, 2006

The pottery creations of Trudi Klinger are inspired by the fruit orchards of Oregon¹s Hood River Valley.
Photo courtesy of Mystic Mud Studio

Potter Trudi [...]