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Mechanization

Featured stories covering mechanization appear in this issue.

IFP universally followed in Italy

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The integrated fruit production certification program, a set of guidelines for horticultural practices, is the industry standard in Italy, adopted by nearly

Grape grower pioneers hoops

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Covering part of an existing vineyard makes for easy comparison of grapes grown inside and grapes grown outside. It’s very experimental.

Published January 15, 2011
Perhaps in

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Fruiting walls suit machinery

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Fruiting walls of Fuji.

Published January 15, 2011
The Institute of Agriculture at San Michele All’Adige looks for ways that orchardists and vineyardists can farm more efficiently

Task force to tackle food safety

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The Pacific Northwest tree fruit industry is forming a special task force to draw up a food safety plan.

Chris Schlect, president of

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Small orchards, but big impact

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South Tyrol extension advisor Bernhard Botzner shows the concrete poles used for trellis supports.

Published January 15, 2011
Don’t let the small size fool you. Individual apple

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Why Italian orchards are so productive

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Dr. Martin Thalheimer says the South Tyrol’s high productivity in apples is due to a combination of factors—uniform, high-density plantings, a strong extension service, and

Italian extension service is well funded

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Published January 15, 2011
The South Tyrol Advisory Service performs many of the same services that Cooperative Extension does in the United States—educating growers about integrated

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Double-axis system shows benefits

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North Americans in the foreground Sigifredo Corral, left, and Martin Leighton compare notes on the impressive wall of Pink Lady apples.

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The biaxis

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Cherry rootstocks of the future

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Smaller, more precocious cherry trees reduce labor costs and recoup investment sooner, says educator Lynn Long.

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While many Pacific Northwest cherry growers are

Preplanting tips

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Published January 15, 2011
When ordering nursery trees, fruit growers often ask for large, tall, heavily-branched trees, and nurseries do their best to supply them. But

Wine is good for you

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Published January 15, 2011
Add health benefits to the list of what’s good about Washington State’s grape industry. Moderate consumption of alcohol—especially red wine, and to

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Tart cherry of French heritage

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Montmorency tart cherries are bright red with yellowish flesh and clear juice. They ripen just after the early sweet cherry varieties, or about mid-July in

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Plethora of platforms

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Above, left: Called the Trifrut, this three-wheeled, hydraulic transmission tractor has a low profile for orchard canopies and a low center of gravity. Made by

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Staying profitable

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Hillsides near Bolzano are planted to apples and wine grapes, utilizing every meter of land.

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An international group of tree fruit industry members

Fumigation improves productivity

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Published January 15, 2011
Over the past 25 years, 130,000 acres of orchards have been replanted in Washington State, requiring a total investment of $1.7 billion,

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Firm seeks approval for transgenic apple

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The Arctic Golden was developed with the fresh-cut market in mind.

Published January 15, 2011
Last April, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc., sent a package containing hundreds of

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Not the first GMO fruit

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HoneySweet plum

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If Okanagan Specialty Fruits’s nonbrowning apples win U.S. government approval for development and marketing, they will not be the first genetically

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Mildew-resistant cherries awaited

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WSU cherry breeder Nnadozie Oraguzie explains the goals of the breeding program during a field day at Prosser.

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Washington State University is evaluating

Resistance is still a goal

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Published January 15, 2011
Mildew resistance continues to be a focus of Washington State University’s cherry breeding program. Breeder Dr. Nnadozie Oraguzie has identified another new