Featured stories about new technology appear in this issue.
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 [...]
Jensena Newhouse, tasting room manager, pours a glass of wine.
Photo by Melissa Hansen
Yakima Valley Community College, through a national science grant, is transitioning [...]
AgWeatherNet, Washington State University’s automated weather station network, is testing a national forecasting model as a tool to predict weather systems, such as [...]
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 [...]
Wood-canker diseases are a leading cause of vineyard and orchard removal in many parts of the country.
Researchers will use nearly $1.8 million in grant [...]
Ascophyllum nodosum, or knotted wrack, belongs to a group of seaweeds that often dominate rocky seashores in cooler climates.
Seaweed extracts are typically used by [...]
Washington State University scientists hope to find a better way to assess cold hardiness of apple and sweet cherry buds and blooms in early [...]
Washington State diversified farmer Brenton Roy wants to see more of the state’s wine grape industry attend a national grape policy conference held [...]
Washington State University has appointed Dr. Desmond Layne, a professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, to the new position of tree fruit [...]
David Douglas will hand over the presidency of the Hort Association to Jeff Cleveringa during the association’s annual meeting in Yakima, December 3–5.
The Washington [...]
David Guerdin has several years of experience with his Munckhof apple harvester (left) and now owns two.
Apple growers in Canada’s Quebec Province [...]
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 [...]
Soil Scientist Dr. Rich Koenig has been appointed associate dean and director of Washington State University Extension. He was formerly chair of WSU’s [...]
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 [...]
The spotted wing drosophila.
A species of yeast that University of California scientists have found in cherries and raspberries infested by the spotted wing drosophila [...]
Brown marmorated stinkbugs feed on the foliage and fruit of grapevines.
Grape growers have been closely watching the spread of the brown marmorated stinkbug (Halyomorpha [...]
RosBREED is a multi-institutional, multinational project to accelerate the introduction and adoption of superior cultivars in rosaceous crops like apple, peach, strawberry, sweet cherry, [...]
To determine sterility, squash a codling moth. The red food dye in their diets gives the guts a pinkish hue.
Sterile insect releases and pheromone [...]
MSU horticulturist Ron Perry, left, worked with engineers to design and install the system. Here he works with two technicians.
PHOTO BY RICHARD LEHNERT
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 [...]
Vision Robotics is well along in developing a robotic pruner for grapes, shown at work above, and the robotic shears pictured in the inset [...]
Wenatchee Valley College instuctors Francisco Sarmiento, left, and Leo Garcia, right, are joined by past viticulture program graduate Joaquin Alvarez.
Wenatchee Valley College will offer [...]
Growers delight in using the new DBR during a demonstration in Michigan. Its strong vacuum system and apple handling process impressed the group of [...]
An experimental crop yield estimator travels down an orchard row at a speed of about half a mile per hour. Middle: The raw image [...]
The spray system fills the entire orchard at the same time with a mist that is applied only briefly.
PHOTO COURTESY ART AGNELLO, CORNELL [...]
Great Lakes Expo is held each year in DeVos Place Convention Center.
Great Lakes region fruit growers won’t soon forget 2012, the year that Mother [...]
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, [...]
Peter Teal works with several species of fruit flies. The Caribbean fruit fly has red eyes; the Mexican fruit fly has green. Both are [...]
Christa Leach, left, shows fellow students how to analyze a juice sample for pH. Leach is working at Snoqualmie Vineyards as an intern.