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The Optimal Orchard

Featured stories about the optimal orchard appear in this issue.

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Undercover apples

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A British Columbia, Canada, orchard is pioneering crop tunnels for apple –production. Raymond and Sonja Barker of Silverhill Orchard

Pear industry survey launched

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A large-scale survey of the Pacific Northwest pear industry began in January to gather information on what the industry might look like in the next

Good Question

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Sensing good fruit

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Dr. Renfu Lu is using multispectral-based prototype sorting equipment to determine internal apple quality. There’s new interest in technology for

Whatever happened to…

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Four years have passed since voters threw out Washington State’s ergonomics rule; it’s been six years since the federal standard was repealed. What’s happened since

Let there be light

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Light can improve the yield and productivity of an apple orchard in two ways, according to Dr. Jens-Norbert Wünsche of the University of Hohenheim in

Last Bite

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Organized in 1901, the California Fruit Exchange, a marketing cooperative of independent fruit growers and shippers, sold its products under the brand name Blue Anchor.

Good Point

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In the December issue of Good Fruit Grower, Washington State University announced an upcoming fruit school on Competitive Orchard Systems (COS). During the

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Lake Chelan's growth industry

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Lou Wagoner and Don Wood produce 2,000 cases of wine at Icicle Ridge, including dessert ice wines made from estate-grown grapes.

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First Bite

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Janet Turner, technician at Oregon State University’s Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hood River, explains a Competitive Orchard Systems trial for

Value in the land

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Just north of Oroville, Washington, on the shores of Lake Osoyoos, plans for the first phase of the 110-unit Veranda Beach resort development are steaming

Pinot noir sequenced

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Amajor advance in viticulture research was achieved last August when the Pinot Noir grapevine genome was sequenced by a French and Italian public consortium, said

The scent of a vineyard

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Dr. Kerry Ringer’s new role as Washington State University Extension enologist and assistant food scientist will take her sniffing around vineyards and wineries as she

Meaningful orchard trials

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I am amazed how often I visit a grower’s trial to pass comment and find that some fundamental error in the design does not allow

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Natural enemy attractant

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Chemist Kamal Chauhan observes lacewings in a trap containing the pheromone he identified as iridodial. A natural attractant that can lure

Apple research surges in China

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As global apple industry competition intensifies, apple-producing countries often seek to boost their competitiveness. One way to improve performance is through new growing

MCP works at lower rates

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Some cold storage operators could lower MCP concentrations, reducing costs without losing effectiveness, according to some research data from Michigan State University. MSU scientists

Dealing with the H-2A

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If all 9.7-billion apples that Washington State produces were lined up, they’d run 18.5 times around the earth’s equator or stretch almost to the moon

Speak out on immigration

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Orchardists need to make it known that without immigration reform, they are not going to have the labor force to harvest their crops, says Jon

Mechanization meets with skepticism

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Several prominent Washington tree fruit grower-shippers say they foresee labor shortages but are not banking on mechanization and robotic harvesters to resolve them. The

Robots look cost effective

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When the citrus industry began to pursue the idea of a robotic harvesting system several years ago, it had plenty of labor and was looking