Featured stories about new technology appear in this issue.
Missing Pear Fact
Dear Good Fruit Grower:
I greatly enjoyed your September pear issue of the Good Fruit Grower.
The article “A plethora of pears” was [...]
Wenatchee Valley College will offer two employee educational programs for the 2012-2013 academic year—level one of its Hispanic Orchard Employee Education Program and level [...]
A species of yeast that University of California scientists have found in cherries and raspberries infested by the spotted wing drosophila could play a [...]
Seaweed extracts are typically used by growers with the aim of improving tree growth and enhancing fruit yields and quality. Although the extracts are [...]
Robotics experts at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania are confident they can develop a machine able to count apples in orchards in order to [...]
Adopting a new scion cultivar is a crucial decision for tree fruit growers, who must consider both horticultural and market performance. Apple growers have [...]
Washington State diversified farmer Brenton Roy wants to see more of the state’s wine grape industry attend a national grape policy conference held annually [...]
Great Lakes region fruit growers won’t soon forget 2012, the year that Mother Nature, for the first time in the lifetimes of all but [...]
In sterile insect release, male insects made sterile by exposure to gamma radiation are released in huge numbers to compete with normal wild males. [...]
Those are among the reasons why the main theme of the association’s annual meeting, December 3 to 5, will be succession planning, says David [...]
In 1959, the very nasty flesh-invading screwworm fly was eradicated from Florida using a new kind of technology called SIT—Sterile Insect Technique.
Since then, the [...]
MSU horticulturist Ron Perry, left, worked with engineers to design and install the system. Here he works with two technicians.
PHOTO BY RICHARD LEHNERT
New Zealand’s Tow and Blow
Tow and Blow is a portable wind machine developed in New Zealand by engineer Kim McAulay. He used to [...]
Washington State University’s AgWeatherNet is a state-of-the-art automated weather data collection and decision support system.
It provides a Web-based suite of weather data and decision-support [...]
If researchers achieve the goals they have set for themselves, apple and grape growers should see the day when their dormant pruning will be [...]
Winemaking in France is believed to date back at least 2,600 years to the founding of Massilia, the city now known as Marseille. So [...]
Washington State University’s automated weather station network, is testing a national forecasting model as a tool to predict weather systems, such as hail or [...]
About 50 people—growers and their employees—attended a late-September demonstration in the Jonagold orchard owned by David Rennhack in Hart, Michigan. Two days earlier, another [...]
Grape growers have been closely watching the spread of the brown marmorated stinkbug (Halyomorpha halys Stål). It was first identified in 1996 in Allentown, [...]
Researchers will use nearly $1.8 million in grant money to develop new detection, extension, and research tools for managing wood-canker diseases of grapes and [...]
For Cornell University entomologist Dr. Art Agnello, the grant funding for research to develop and evaluate the Solid Set Canopy Delivery System (SSCD) for [...]
Washington State University scientists hope to find a better way to assess cold hardiness of apple and sweet cherry buds and blooms in early [...]
Manufacturers of biostimulants derived from seaweed, or algae, say the products can provide multiple benefits when applied to crops.
Purported benefits include better root growth, [...]
Washington State University has appointed Dr. Desmond Layne, a professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, to the new position of tree fruit extension [...]
During the second week of class, having had just two lectures to learn about safety and sanitation, Trent Ball’s students were already gaining practical [...]
Apple growers in Canada’s Quebec Province aren’t having the labor problems U.S. growers have. They have access to Hispanic workers from Central America through [...]
Yakima Valley Community College, through a national science grant, is transitioning its vineyard and winery educational program to an online and hybrid format to [...]
Washington State has several educational options for students interested in viticulture and enology. A four-year degree is offered at Washington State University, but three [...]
Soil Scientist Dr. Rich Koenig has been appointed associate dean and director of Washington State University Extension. He was formerly chair of WSU’s department [...]