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Last Bite — The rise and fall of the fruit box label

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As this is the last article in this series, I decided to provide a brief overview of the history of the fruit box label, as

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Farming THE SUN

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Sol Orchard installed this one-megawatt solar panel project for California’s Victor Valley College.

Imagine a crop without worries of labor, pests, rain during harvest, and rising

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WSU seeks to fund priority programs

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Dr. Jay Brunner

Washington State University will officially announce a major fundraising campaign this month to fund priority programs.

The university aims to raise a billion dollars

Legislative outlook shifts for ag employers

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There is great concern and interest in what the outcome of the midterm elections means for agricultural employers.  We know there will be both opportunities

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Destiny Ridge Vineyard puts the wind to work

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Jarrod Boyle, winemaker at Alexandria Nicole Cellars and managing partner of Destiny Ridge Vineyards, likes the looks of the new turbines.

The vertical wind turbines look

Wine science center campaign begins

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A Washington State University wine science center could be near reality within two years. A fundraising campaign to raise private and public funds to build

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Breeders seek input from supply chain

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The apple, cherry, peach, and strawberry breeding activities of RosBREED are located across the United States at university, federal, and private sector locations.

What do genomics

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An oddly grand apple

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That Gala apple sport called Grand Gala apparently deserves its name, and researchers at Purdue University have found out why.

It’s because of a process called

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More quantity than quality in China

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Chinese packers have been unable to convince growers to update orchards to improve yields and color. Shandong growers are unwilling to lose production in the

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Carbon footprints: How do apples fare?

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This tree in a plastic wrapping is being used to collect and measure gases—oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. This experiment is to measure water

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Bin hauler becomes orchard platform

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The Bin Bandit hauls bins during the harvest season, and a platform sits on it for use in thinning, pruning, and tree training.

A machinery manufacturer

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Maintain a hierarchy in tree framework

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The framework of these 12-year-old Packham trees (2,082 trees per hectare) on mini-Tatura is simple and very productive (55 to 61 tonnes per hectare annually,

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Tree IVs?

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This injector was tested with apple trees.

Might the airblast sprayer in the future be replaced by IV tubes jabbed in fruit trees?

Michigan State University entomologist

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Same wine, softer tannins

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Stems, leaves, seeds, shot berries, and other material end up in a dump truck to be later composted.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery’s Joshua Maloney says they

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Pruning is key in cherry production

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Pruning is the whole foundation of good cherry production, says David Geen, who grows 270 acres of cherries in orchards overlooking Lake Okanagan in British

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Electric vehicle has power

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Karen Lewis and Gwen Hoheisel (standing) demonstrate how an electric utility vehicle can be used for herbicide spraying with the WeedSeeker technology.

Karen Lewis and Gwen

Fruit survey coming up

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Starting in December, Washington State tree fruit and grape growers will be asked for information on their acreage, varieties, and rootstocks for an industrywide survey

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The Monster MASH

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As grapes vibrate across the MOG separating table, seeds and shot berries fall through the screen. The bar in the front is a newly added

Nurseries need a tree counter

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Robotics scientists at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania set out to develop a device to automatically measure the caliper of nursery trees in the field,

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New owner at Lamont Fruit Farm

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Complete ownership of Lamont Fruit Farm in Albion, New York, passed last summer from George Lamont, a sixth-generation fruit grower and well-known apple industry leader,

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Cherry harvest shifts later

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At one time, when she grew standard cherry varieties, such as Van, Lambert, Star, and Stella, harvest ended in July at Christine Dendy’s orchard in

Fruit region is electric vehicle hub

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The days of 30-cents-per-gallon gasoline are long gone, but new electric vehicles can run on the equivalent of that in areas of the country where

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Platform transforms orchard work

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Tom DeMarree bought this Blosi platform and uses it for many tasks, including installing trellis wire.

Workers crimp stabilizer wires onto trellis wires. The stabilizer wires

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Vacuum harvester passes bruising tests

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Critical components of the DBR harvester are the vacuum tubes (green ones carry apples), the decelerator wheels (circular steel), and the elephant-ear fruit distributor (fan-like

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Orchards designed for efficient harvest

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Michael Zingler stands next to a planting of SweeTango in its third leaf and describes the reasoning behind the design of the orchard: Efficient use

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How do platforms impact workers?

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Kit Galvin of the University of Washington explains how she is studying the health impacts of platform work. Rolf Luehs (on the platform), research assistant

REAP can benefit orchardists

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Fruit growers have been less likely than other farmers to tap into funds available under the USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), but some

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The Aussie Bush for cherries

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To get cherry trees into production quickly and produce large firm cherries, it is generally accepted that we must:

• Grow each tree close to its natural

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Electric-tractor maker gears up

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Steve Heckeroth had a number of potential buyers for his crawler tractor when the price of gas and diesel was high.

Alternative-energy enthusiast Steve Heckeroth says

More cherries in the pipeline

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New, late-maturing cherry varieties developed in British Columbia, Canada, have helped keep the province’s cherry growers in ­business.

“At one stage, the cherry industry was dwindling

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KC Bailey Farms taps wind and sun for power

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This shiny new roof is covered with 110 photovoltiac solar panels that will provide 25-kilowatt power capacity for the cold storage behind it.

Chip and Karla

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Mechanical thinner for green peaches

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The Bin Bandit hauls bins during the harvest season, and a platform sits on it for use in thinning, pruning, and tree training.

Todd Furber jumped

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Large art for small farms

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An illustration of what John Maher’s ladder artwork will look like.

Artist John Maher of Mosier, Oregon, is turning his talents to creating a huge outdoor

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Eliminating LADDERS

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Auvil Fruit Company, based in Orondo, Washington, has developed a picking platform with two objectives in mind: to keep costly cull apples out of the

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Revolution for INNOVATION

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Trellis posts in New York are vibrated in, not pounded, using down pressure from a loader and a vibrating cam.

Growers in western New York are