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New Equipment & Technology

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

  • Sorting technology

Sorting technology

  • April 1st, 2007

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 [...]

Real-time feedback

  • April 1st, 2007

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 [...]

Early cropping system

  • April 1st, 2007

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

  • Optimum fruit size is small

Optimum fruit size is small

  • April 1st, 2007

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

  • Attention to quality

Attention to quality

  • April 1st, 2007

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

  • Harvesting the sweet spots

Harvesting the sweet spots

  • April 1st, 2007

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

  • Tasmania's new niche

Tasmania's new niche

  • April 1st, 2007

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

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • April 1st, 2007

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

Seeking the Holy Grail of wines

  • April 1st, 2007

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 [...]

UnderstandIng wine scores

  • April 1st, 2007

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 [...]

Wine surplus

  • April 1st, 2007

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

Piecework motivates cherry sorters

  • April 1st, 2007

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 [...]

  • AgWeatherNet 2007 and beyond

AgWeatherNet 2007 and beyond

  • April 1st, 2007

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

Cherries a world apart

  • April 1st, 2007

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, [...]

  • From pomace to pellets

From pomace to pellets

  • April 1st, 2007

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 [...]