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New Equipment & Technology

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

Quality above all

  • April 1st, 2008

The ability to control the volume of production may be a key to managed-variety programs, but it is far less important than the ability [...]

Snokist focuses on cannery

  • April 1st, 2008

The closure of Snokist Growers’s fresh-fruit packing business marks the end of an era for one of the oldest fruit packers in the Yakima, [...]

  • Efficient cherry orchard systems

Efficient cherry orchard systems

  • April 1st, 2008

Washington State University researchers are studying a competitive cherry orchard system that trains upright fruiting offshoots, called UFOs, along horizontal leaders. Trees [...]

  • Growing target fruit

Growing target fruit

  • April 1st, 2008

Auvil Fruit Company at Vantage, Washington, has developed an optimized orchard system that has a high-volume canopy with the potential to absorb [...]

Whatever happened to the NLA?

  • April 1st, 2008

The National Licensing Association has not been actively enforcing patents in the United States while awaiting the outcome of its last remaining lawsuit. [...]

  • Target fruit

Target fruit

  • April 1st, 2008

Just shifting the crop towards larger sizes can have a major impact on returns. Target fruit is a moving target. [...]

Will there be enough water?

  • April 1st, 2008

The irrigation ditches her father dug have given way to automatic drip systems but Lorraine Bennest knows that even the most sophisticated system is [...]

Good Stuff

  • April 1st, 2008

Orchard TractorsJohn Deere has introduced a line of tractors specially designed for the confined spaces and field conditions of orchards and vineyards. The three [...]

Winery to-do list

  • April 1st, 2008

There’s a long to-do list for anyone considering starting a winery. For many, siting, sourcing, and financing head up the list. Also [...]

Winery startup costs

  • April 1st, 2008

A 10,000-case winery may provide the best rate of return and the shortest payback period, according to an analysis by two Washington State ­agricultural [...]

  • The Green-Red apple

The Green-Red apple

  • April 1st, 2008

Modì is marketed in Europe as an environmentally friendly variety. Trees are being propagated for planting in North America. Modì [...]

In the box

  • April 1st, 2008

Dear Good Fruit Grower: Growers need temporary workers, but they do not need to find those workers in foreign countries—they are already here. [...]

Flavor Tech University

  • April 1st, 2008

Each summer, in an effort to educate produce managers about stone fruit and Family Tree Farms’s commitment to producing the most ­flavorful fruit, Family [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • April 1st, 2008

The story behind the Yakima Valley’s connection to World War II General and U.S. President Dwight David Eisenhower begins [...]

  • Growing something special

Growing something special

  • April 1st, 2008

This white-fleshed nectarine tree is being trained to a quad, four-leader system, and will be kept short, about eight feet tall. Behind [...]

Good Point, If We Come Under Fire

  • April 1st, 2008

How well protected are our growers and shippers if a full-fledged, media-driven, food-safety crisis were to hit our domestic marketplace of over 300 million [...]

  • The quest for novel fruits

The quest for novel fruits

  • April 1st, 2008

Mother stock trees are grown in plastic barrels at Zaiger Genetics so that they can be easily moved into the greenhouse during [...]

B.C. unveils an ag roadmap

  • April 1st, 2008

The British Columbia tree fruit industry reacted favorably to the Canadian province’s recently unveiled agriculture plan, which focuses on promoting B.C. food products, [...]

California's agricultural diversity

  • April 1st, 2008

The International Fruit Tree Association held its annual meeting in Visalia, California, in February, with field tours of tree fruit orchards, nurseries, and University [...]

Managing mildew

  • April 1st, 2008

Can water applied to cherry trees for frost control lead to problems with powdery mildew? After being asked the question by tree fruit [...]

  • Last apple orchard standing

Last apple orchard standing

  • April 1st, 2008

Cuyama Valley, an isolated narrow valley about 20 miles long, is halfway between Santa Maria and Bakersfield, which are each about 70 [...]