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New Equipment & Technology

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

Awards

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

Extension is key in Australian research

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Australia’s grape and wine research and extension, viewed by many as a model program, sets the standard for putting research into practice. For

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Apple Matters

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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 competitors,

Computer on-line service connects vineyardists

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An on-line service that’s helping Oregon vineyardists and winemakers share information to help each other produce the highest quality grapes and wines may have application

Platforms are adaptable

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

Old technology is new in Washington State

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A sorting device that can be attached to mechanical grape harvesters is finding renewed interest in the juice grape industry, particularly in Washington State, which

Happy crews

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

Research: New packaging developed for ripe Bartletts

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A newly developed suspended tray package (Hammock pack) is capable of protecting ripe Bartlett pears from transport vibration damage. The system can be designed for

Pests on packed fruit

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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 other

Lessons in research from Australia

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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 strategic

Choose grape varieties for region

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Grape Growers of Ontario CEO Debbie Zimmerman believes the severe winter cold that’s caused short crops in recent years is a wake-up call to Ontario

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Another tool to manage codling moth: ULV ground pheromone sprays

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Growers have been clear and consistent. They want easy, inexpensive, and effective approaches to manage their most egregious of pests-codling moth. Growers know how to

Asian lady beetle taints wine

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

Keeping sprays on target

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

Wine industry works to build research funding

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There are plenty of shortcomings when examining research and development for the nation’s wine and grape industry-funding cutbacks, a disconnect between industry and researchers, areas

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Orchard platforms gain in popularity

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Orchard platforms, as a tool to reduce the use of ladders to perform tasks like pruning and thinning, are moving from the research and demonstration

Ontario vineyards fight cold with technology

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Wind machines are one option growers in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada, are pursuing as they seek to protect their vines against future bouts

What type of new technology do you need most?

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The national Tree Fruit Technology Road Map underlined the need to produce higher quality fruit at lower cost, if the U.S. tree fruit industry is

California cherry acreage expands, despite constraints

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Cherry plantings are likely to increase in southern California as production increases to meet demand. The state has 30,000 acres of sweet cherries,

Wooing the global customer

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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 at

Australia rejects cherry debris

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

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Alaska’s fruit pioneers

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

Mud into magic

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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 Klinger could

Woolly apple aphid treated as quarantine pest

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The woolly apple aphid has become more of a pest in the Pacific Northwest in recent years. One reason might be the shift to softer

Reflective material shines in trial

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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 in