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Harvest and Postharvest

Featured stories about harvest and postharvest appear in this issue.

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  • Urban orchards

Urban orchards

  • August 1st, 2012

For more than half a century, the great industrial cities of the northeastern United States have been decaying. From what used to be dynamic [...]

  • Busting the low-yield myth

Busting the low-yield myth

  • August 1st, 2012

One of the most contentious issues between grape grower and winemaker is the long-held belief that lower yields make better wines. Though research has [...]

  • Focus shifts to full automation

Focus shifts to full automation

  • August 1st, 2012

Faculty at Washington State University’s Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems plan to focus the bulk of their efforts in the future on [...]

  • Bin dog under development

Bin dog under development

  • August 1st, 2012

An intelligent bin dog system—a self-propelled bin carrying system that could follow fruit pickers through the orchard—is one of several labor-saving devices that scientists [...]

  • Harvester is ready to go

Harvester is ready to go

  • August 1st, 2012

Picker Technologies’ self-propelled harvest system has adjustable platforms at the front where two pickers can stand to pick from the tops of the trees [...]

  • Learning from the freeze

Learning from the freeze

  • August 1st, 2012

While scientists warn that extreme weather events will become more common as carbon dioxide levels continue to build in the atmosphere, Great Lakes region [...]

  • The Kings of Flint

The Kings of Flint

  • August 1st, 2012

Jacky and Dora King have been urban farmers for about six years. The six acres that they farm now contain two hoop-style greenhouses, vegetable [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • August 1st, 2012

New cherry sorters

Chelan Fruit Cooperative has about 600 year-round employees, but needs an additional 1,000 packing house workers during the cherry season. It installed [...]