April 1st, 2007|0 Comments
The Northwest Fruit Exchange was still prominent on this label that featured the smiling Indian boy. The Skookum logo is a
Recently enacted federal food safety and food security laws have brought increased recordkeeping to most food companies, from producer to shipper to wholesaler. Some
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Good times led to complacency, says Craig Hornblow. In the last few years, New Zealand apple growers have been planting trees
Sam DiMaria of British Columbia and other IFTA members look at Gala trees in plots at the Grove Research Center in Tasmania. Horticulturist
The number of orchardists in New Zealand’s Nelson region has been dropping, as corporate growers take over family farms.
Many cherry growers in Tasmania protect their orchards with hail nets and rain covers. The International Dwarf Fruit Tree Association held
Most produce in Vietnam is sold on the wet market; high-end, imported fruit are sold in western-style grocery stores. Vietnam, though
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
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
Jade Wisniewski stacks lugs of Sweetheart cherries in a bin at Howard Hansen’s orchard. The planting is covered by a hail net.
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
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
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,
During the late nineteenth through the late twentieth century, thermometers, rain gauges, hygrothermographs, and barometers were standard hardware used by
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
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
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
Cherry test plot showing Extenday applied between rows. After several years of study by Washington State University researchers and
March 6th, 2017|0 Comments
We hear all the time how readers love Good Fruit Grower covers, which showcase the gorgeous scenery of our industry. A few readers don’t grow
February 28th, 2017|0 Comments
What growers need to know to prepare for implementing robotic harvest technology
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