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Mechanization

Featured stories covering mechanization appear in this issue.

IFP universally followed in Italy

  • January 15th, 2011

Published January 15, 2011
The integrated fruit production certification program, a set of guidelines for horticultural practices, is the industry standard in Italy, adopted [...]

Grape grower pioneers hoops

  • January 15th, 2011

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
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  • Staying profitable

Staying profitable

  • January 15th, 2011

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

Published January 15, 2011

An international group of tree fruit industry [...]

  • Fruiting walls suit machinery

Fruiting walls suit machinery

  • January 15th, 2011

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 [...]

Fumigation improves productivity

  • January 15th, 2011

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 [...]

  • Small orchards, but big impact

Small orchards, but big impact

  • January 15th, 2011

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. [...]

  • Why Italian orchards are so productive

Why Italian orchards are so productive

  • January 15th, 2011

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, [...]

  • Not the first GMO fruit

Not the first GMO fruit

  • January 15th, 2011

HoneySweet plum

Published January 15, 2011
If Okanagan Specialty Fruits’s nonbrowning apples win U.S. government approval for development and marketing, they will not be the [...]

  • Mildew-resistant cherries awaited

Mildew-resistant cherries awaited

  • January 15th, 2011

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

Published January 15, 2011
Washington State University [...]

  • Double-axis system shows benefits

Double-axis system shows benefits

  • January 15th, 2011

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

Published January 15, 2011
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Resistance is still a goal

  • January 15th, 2011

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 [...]

  • Cherry rootstocks  of the future

Cherry rootstocks of the future

  • January 15th, 2011

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

Published January 15, 2011
While many Pacific Northwest cherry [...]

Task force to tackle food safety

  • January 15th, 2011

Published January 15, 2011
The Pacific Northwest tree fruit industry is forming a special task force to draw up a food safety plan.

Chris Schlect, [...]

Preplanting tips

  • January 15th, 2011

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 [...]

Wine is good for you

  • January 15th, 2011

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, [...]

  • Tart cherry of French heritage

Tart cherry of French heritage

  • January 15th, 2011

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 [...]

  • Plethora of platforms

Plethora of platforms

  • January 15th, 2011

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 [...]