New Technology, Labor
Featured stories covering new technology and labor appear in this issue.
It is time for the federal government to act. It’s not as if Congress doesn’t know there is a need, and it’s not as [...]
A four-person picking crew can have two on the ground or all four on the platform, but each pick into their own tube.
An apple [...]
Roxanne Bell photographs a Double Z ranch foreman who is peering through the steel fence—just feet from where it trails off to twisted strands [...]
Cherry growers vote this month to continue or end a federal marketing order that regulates handling of sweet cherries grown in designated counties in [...]
Though Concord was generally accepted as being pure Vitis labrusca, horticulturists today believe it is a hybrid with another species and that most of [...]
Johnny Park, engineer of the Z-Trap, was in Washington State recently to demonstrate a new codling moth trap that counts insects, sending trap data [...]
An out-of-court settlement of the lawsuit challenging the exclusive marketing arrangement for the SweeTango apple has been reached.
The lawsuit ended in victory for the [...]
Horticulturist Ralph Scorza pollinates plum flowers while geneticist Ann Callahan measures sugar content and molecular biologist Chris Dardick measures fruit size. FasTrack allows scientists [...]
Brett Bunker shows off the launcher he uses to dispense pheromone-containing capsules in apple trees. The clip in the magazine holds 25 capsules. Left: [...]
Left: With a bloom time of only one or two days, this Chardonnay cluster in New York shows even development. Right: With [...]
Ksenija Gasic heads Clemson University’s peach-breeding program, which was recently revived after a 25-year hiatus.
One of the great things about being a [...]
Picker Technologies, a Washington-based developer of automated equipment, is working on a mechanical harvesting solution for fresh cherries.
Sweet cherries have traditionally required a large [...]
When the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association launched its strategic plan four years ago, the priorities were to develop new varieties, increase fruit quality, [...]
Inventions developed in the course of building a better apple-harvesting system might have application also in packing houses.
Picker Technologies developed special tubes for transporting [...]
Robert Stearns of Kelowna is cutting his apple trees because he can’t afford to replant them.
During a scene in the film Strange [...]
A worker uses a Girette to prune trees.
Courtesy Flathead Cherry Growers, Montana
Regulators in British Columbia, Canada, have developed safety documentation for the elevated, [...]
The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo will be held in the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from December [...]
The Picker Tech harvester is on tracks, making it easy to turn and reducing soil compaction.
A concern about mechanically assisted harvesting of fresh apples [...]
The Washington State Horticultural Association’s annual meeting will inform growers about a wide range of issues and innovations that are driving change in the [...]
George Lobisser sees potential for in-field postharvest treatments.
When George Lobisser saw a new mobile apple-harvesting system in action, it wasn’t so much [...]
Cabernet Sauvignon with (left) and without nitrogen deficiency during bloom.
To a casual observer, a cluster thick with berries might forecast a bumper [...]
Workers wrap a rolled-up rain cover in black plastic to protect it through the winter. It remains attached to a cable above the tree [...]
A water deficit of as little as 0.1 or 0.2 of an inch can cause shriveled tendrils and poor fruit set. These vines were [...]
Miguel Geronimo found himself testing the new harvester during his first season as an apple picker. He previously worked in restaurants but was enjoying [...]