Project Description

The Optimal Orchard

Featured stories about the optimal orchard appear in this issue.

  • Increasing yields

Increasing yields

  • January 15th, 2009

Growers around the world are working to increase apple orchard system efficiencies to improve profitability. While there are several [...]

Expect tighter ag lending

  • January 15th, 2009

How much credit do you really need? It’s a question lenders are asking growers after a year of strong growth in agricultural lending [...]

  • Super-efficient picking system

Super-efficient picking system

  • January 15th, 2009

This prototype of a self-propelled apple picking system (pictured from the front) has four tubes at the rear that transport apples from [...]

Expanding exports

  • January 15th, 2009

One of Todd Fryhover’s first tasks as president of the Washington Apple Commission is to figure out how to export a larger percentage of [...]

High union, more dwarfing

  • January 15th, 2009

Horticulturists recommend planting trees with the bud union well above the soil level to avoid scion rooting, but the higher the bud union, [...]

  • Beefing up export efforts

Beefing up export efforts

  • January 15th, 2009

In line with the renewed Washington Apple Commission mandate to focus efforts on international marketing, the commission this season [...]

  • Sprayable film

Sprayable film

  • January 15th, 2009

In experiments in West Virginia, a kaolin particle film was tested as an alternative to a plastic mulch for promoting red color, [...]

  • Good Question – Economy

Good Question – Economy

  • January 15th, 2009

The Wall Street and subprime mortgage meltdown in October has touched nearly every American, resulting in tightening of credit, [...]

  • Stone fruit planting slows

Stone fruit planting slows

  • January 15th, 2009

Dennis Tarry and Robert Woolley of Dave Wilson Nursery report there is little interest from growers in replanting or new plantings of [...]

  • Packaging sells

Packaging sells

  • January 15th, 2009

Researchers categorized wine bottle designs into five basic types (from left): contrasting, delicate, massive, natural, and nondescript. by Chelan David [...]

  • Highly feathered trees

Highly feathered trees

  • January 15th, 2009

Thierry Ligonniere shows Neal Manly of Washington State, the high numbers of feathers on this knip tree. Unlike their counterparts [...]

Good Point – Jim McFerson

  • January 15th, 2009

How do we utilize science-based knowledge to implement horticultural practices, make proper management decisions, and develop the optimal orchard? This question never grows old, [...]

  • Instant orchard

Instant orchard

  • January 15th, 2009

Dominant side branches are not an issue in these Honeycrisp knip trees because the central leader dominance is well established. [...]

  • Avoid scion rooting

Avoid scion rooting

  • January 15th, 2009

When establishing a high-density apple block, it’s best to plant the trees higher in the ground than you actually [...]

  • Finding knip trees

Finding knip trees

  • January 15th, 2009

Jim Swindeman would like to use knipboom trees for all of their plantings. It’s a no-brainer to plant knip-boom, highly [...]

Sustainability still a major issue

  • January 15th, 2009

Though society’s concerns about sustainability are taking a back seat to the economic recession, sustainability will remain an important issue, says agricultural economist Dr. [...]

WSU budget cuts

  • January 15th, 2009

The roiling financial climate and statewide budget pressures could spell a busy season for the lobbyists and legislators guarding the Washington State wine industry’s [...]

  • Buy now

Buy now

  • January 15th, 2009

If there’s a piece of equipment or software you’ve been thinking of buying or if you’ve been considering expanding [...]