New Technology, Labor
Featured stories covering new technology and labor appear in this issue.
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 [...]
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 [...]