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New Technology, Labor

Featured stories covering new technology and labor appear in this issue.

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  • Trouble on the Double Z

Trouble on the Double Z

  • November 1st, 2011

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 vote

  • November 1st, 2011

Cherry growers vote this month to continue or end a federal marketing order that regulates handling of sweet cherries grown in designated counties in [...]

  • Electronic trap saves labor

Electronic trap saves labor

  • November 1st, 2011

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 [...]

SweeTango lawsuit settled

  • November 1st, 2011

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 [...]

  • On a FasTrack

On a FasTrack

  • November 1st, 2011

Horticulturist Ralph Scorza pollinates plum flowers while geneticist Ann Callahan measures sugar content and molecular biologist Chris Dardick measures fruit size. FasTrack allows scientists [...]

  • The Tangler

The Tangler

  • November 1st, 2011

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: [...]

  • Define bloom consistently

Define bloom consistently

  • November 1st, 2011

Left: With a bloom time of only one or two days, this Chardonnay cluster in New York shows even development. Right: With [...]

Fresh cherry harvester

  • November 1st, 2011

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 [...]

B.C.’s strategic plan stymied

  • November 1st, 2011

When the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association launched its strategic plan four years ago, the priorities were to develop new varieties, increase fruit quality, [...]

Technology for the packing house

  • November 1st, 2011

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 [...]

  • Strange times

Strange times

  • November 1st, 2011

Robert Stearns of Kelowna is cutting his apple trees because he can’t afford to replant them.
Marc Arellano

During a scene in the film Strange [...]

  • So, does it bruise the fruit?

So, does it bruise the fruit?

  • November 1st, 2011

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 [...]

  • Pay attention to vines at bloom

Pay attention to vines at bloom

  • November 1st, 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon with (left) and without nitrogen deficiency during bloom.
Markus Keller

To a casual observer, a cluster thick with berries might forecast a bumper [...]

  • Under-cover operation

Under-cover operation

  • November 1st, 2011

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 [...]

  • Picker and sorter

Picker and sorter

  • November 1st, 2011

Miguel Geronimo found himself testing the new harvester during his first season as an apple picker. He previously worked in restaurants but was enjoying [...]

Good Point

  • November 1st, 2011

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 [...]

  • Picker and platform

Picker and platform

  • November 1st, 2011

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 [...]