New Equipment & Technology
Featured stories about new equipment and technology appear in this issue.
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, [...]
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 [...]