New Equipment & Technology
Featured stories about new equipment and technology appear in this issue.
China is open to Red Delicious apples from Washington. Whereas Red Delicious can be shipped direct to major markets in China, Gala and Granny [...]
Penn State’s Dr. Jim Schupp says that the inconsistent results with chemical thinners led to researcher interest in mechanical thinners.
After a decade of searching [...]
As I travel the country visiting apple growers and apple companies, one question keeps coming up: Who will be the next generation of apple [...]
The mechanical string thinner knocked off 15 percent or more dormant buds in this Santina block. Right: The Darwin string thinner.
Soft fruit growers in [...]
The Big M Brand is a beautiful example of a rare Montana label; it bears the production date of September 30, 1932, by Traung [...]
Much of the research in orchard innovation involves automation and robotics, but not every orchard can accommodate technology like mechanized harvesters and mechanical thinners. [...]
The five members of the Romance series of sour cherries, released in 2003, surround Carmine Jewel, which was released in 1999. All are very [...]
Symptoms of plum pox virus include chlorotic (yellow) rings on the leaf surface or chlorotic blotches and vein clearing.
A concentrated growing area is complicating [...]
Autumn Delight (right photo) and Misty Rose.
Three apple cultivars released by the University of Saskatchewan fruit breeding program are being recommended for commercial production [...]
Phil Brown Welding officially started business in 1964, after some years as an unofficial provider of specialized fruit industry equipment.
“My dad was a fruit [...]
Garry Langford says testers will be licensed to grow trees for five years to produce enough pears for sampling.
Two new pear varieties from Australia [...]
A Yakima, Washington, grower-packer operation wanted to upgrade its optical sorting capability but didn’t want to make expensive changes to the entire line. By [...]
Plantings at Yakima Valley Orchards are irrigated with drip. Travis Allan checks on a Honeycrisp block planted in 2007 where overhead sprinklers are being [...]
WILSON IS THE LEADER in custom bird netting programs for all types of crops. Full line of bangers and bird irritant items. [...]
Dr. Gary Grove, Washington State University plant pathologist, will receive the American Phytopathological Society’s Excellence in Extension Award during the society’s annual meeting in [...]
Drip irrigation systems are designed to deliver water precisely and uniformly to the crop roots and often results in water savings. Water is applied [...]
Three new directors were elected to the board of the International Tree Fruit Association during IFTA’s 53rd annual conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in [...]
Lynne Chamberlain was elected 2010 chair of the board of directors of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. Chamberlain, the first woman to [...]
The period between removing an orchard and replanting is a good time to correct the soil pH and nutrient levels in the soil.
Tim Smith, [...]
Charles L. “Charlie” Bennett, 64, who spent his career working on the rootstock development program at Cornell University in Geneva, New York, died February [...]
The Mach 4 is an articulated reversible quad-track vehicle for specialized farming. Launched in Italy in 2008 as a “dream tractor,” it [...]
Single-bin drenching with a postharvest fungicide is being tested. Research shows that the sooner a fungicide is applied after harvest, the more effective it [...]
Pasco, Washington, juice grape grower Lonnie Conner, who devoted much of his life to industry and community affairs, died February 19 after a brief [...]
Juice grape growers in Washington State have found a way to aerate the soil, relieve soil compaction, and reduce farming costs.
An aerator implement that [...]
Yakima Valley Orchards designed and built its own three-row tree planting machine.
Yakima Valley Orchards used to plant trees by hand, with workers digging holes [...]
The International Fruit Tree Association gave awards during the winter conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in early March.
Phil Brown, owner of Phil Brown Welding, [...]