Project Description

The Optimal Orchard

Featured stories about the optimal orchard appear in this issue.

Let there be light

  • January 15th, 2008

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 [...]

Meaningful orchard trials

  • January 15th, 2008

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 [...]

Good Point

  • January 15th, 2008

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

  • Natural enemy attractant

Natural enemy attractant

  • January 15th, 2008

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

  • First Bite

First Bite

  • January 15th, 2008

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

Apple research surges in China

  • January 15th, 2008

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

  • Undercover apples

Undercover apples

  • January 15th, 2008

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

MCP works at lower rates

  • January 15th, 2008

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

Dealing with the H-2A

  • January 15th, 2008

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 [...]

Whatever happened to…

  • January 15th, 2008

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passed since voters threw out Washington State’s ergonomics rule; it’s been six years since the federal standard was repealed.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 [...]

Speak out on immigration

  • January 15th, 2008

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

Last Bite

  • January 15th, 2008

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

Mechanization meets with skepticism

  • January 15th, 2008

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

  • Lake Chelan's growth industry

Lake Chelan's growth industry

  • January 15th, 2008

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

Robots look cost effective

  • January 15th, 2008

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

Value in the land

  • January 15th, 2008

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 [...]

Pear industry survey launched

  • January 15th, 2008

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 [...]

Pinot noir sequenced

  • January 15th, 2008

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

  • Sensing good fruit

Sensing good fruit

  • January 15th, 2008

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

The scent of a vineyard

  • January 15th, 2008

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 [...]