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New Equipment & Technology

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

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Optimum fruit size is small

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Unable to obtain trees on virus-free M.9 rootstocks, Australian orchardists like Howard Hansen have to get by with more vigorous rootstocks and use

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From pomace to pellets

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Washington State’s wine and juice grape production leaves behind a mountain of seeds, skins, pulp, and other debris known as grape pomace. But what others

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Still looking for new varieties

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Calvert Brothers was among the first Tasmanian orchards to plant Fuji in the late 1980s. The industry was looking for a way to diversify after

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Extenday extolled for cherries

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Cherry test plot showing Extenday applied between rows. After several years of study by Washington State University researchers and

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Last Bite

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The Northwest Fruit Exchange was still prominent on this label that featured the smiling Indian boy. The Skookum logo is a

Turning traceability into profitability

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Recently enacted federal food safety and food security laws have brought increased recordkeeping to most food companies, from producer to shipper to wholesaler. Some

UnderstandIng wine scores

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Amy Mumma, coordinator and instructor of Central Washington University’s World Wine Program, demystified the wine rating game during recent wine industry talks to help make

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Sorting technology

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Paul Koch knew what he wanted a presizing line to do—lower inventory costs, reduce labor costs, reduce costs associated with repacking, and maintain fruit quality

Piecework motivates cherry sorters

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Cherry sorting is typically an unpopular job. Most people would rather pick, says Hugh Dendy, a Canadian who’s growing cherries in New Zealand’s Central Otago

Real-time feedback

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One of the benefits of presizing technology is the ability to provide real-time information to growers regarding fruit quality, says Olympic Fruit Company’s Paul Koch.

Cherries a world apart

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When Hugh Dendy travels between his cherry orchards, it’s a trip to the other side of the world—literally. For the past eight years, Dendy

Early cropping system

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Many growers in Tasmania are using the Kym Green Bush (KGB) training system for cherries, which is a modification of the Spanish Bush. It involves

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New Zealanders adopt dwarfing rootstocks

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Good times led to complacency, says Craig Hornblow. In the last few years, New Zealand apple growers have been planting trees

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Don't hesitate with a hot variety

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Sam DiMaria of British Columbia and other IFTA members look at Gala trees in plots at the Grove Research Center in Tasmania. Horticulturist

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Nelson industry is consolidating

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The number of orchardists in New Zealand’s Nelson region has been dropping, as corporate growers take over family farms.

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Tasmania's new niche

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Many cherry growers in Tasmania protect their orchards with hail nets and rain covers. The International Dwarf Fruit Tree Association held

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USA pears find new market in Vietnam

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Most produce in Vietnam is sold on the wet market; high-end, imported fruit are sold in western-style grocery stores. Vietnam, though

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Growing Japanese cherries Down Under

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Tasmanian orchardist Tim Reid has found a niche selling Japanese cherries to Japan.
Reid had been shipping Western black cherries to Japan, when a customer suggested

Do you know how cold your orchard really is?

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In south central Washington, sunny days and clear nights in early spring often mean growers need to protect their crops from potential frost injury. In

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Attention to quality

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Jade Wisniewski stacks lugs of Sweetheart cherries in a bin at Howard Hansen’s orchard. The planting is covered by a hail net.

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Harvesting the sweet spots

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The red light signals a high-vigor zone, the white light signals a low-vigor zone, and the amber light in the middle alerts the

Seeking the Holy Grail of wines

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Wine industry members have a love-hate relationship with wine ratings—those tasting scores given by critics that can greatly influence wine sales. While some dismiss the

Wine surplus

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The news is generally good for white wine varieties in the global market for the next few years, says an international wine broker representative. However,

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AgWeatherNet 2007 and beyond

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During the late nineteenth through the late twentieth century, thermometers, rain gauges, hygrothermographs, and barometers were standard hardware used by