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New Technology

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  • Yeast tested as lure

Yeast tested as lure

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Good to Know

Good to Know

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 [...]

  • No more airblast spraying?

No more airblast spraying?

  • November 1st, 2012

MSU horticulturist Ron Perry, left, worked with engineers to design and install the system. Here he works with two technicians.

Think [...]

Other teaching programs

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Robotic pruning

Robotic pruning

  • November 1st, 2012

Vision Robotics is well along in developing a robotic pruner for grapes, shown at work above, and the robotic shears pictured in the inset [...]

  • Classes for Hispanics

Classes for Hispanics

  • November 1st, 2012

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 try it out

Growers try it out

  • November 1st, 2012

Growers delight in using the new DBR during a demonstration in Michigan. Its strong vacuum system and apple handling process impressed the group of [...]

  • Automated crop estimating

Automated crop estimating

  • November 1st, 2012

An experimental crop yield estimator travels down an orchard row at a speed of about half a mile per hour. Middle: The raw image [...]

  • Cold is hot topic at Expo

Cold is hot topic at Expo

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Austrian researcher tests seaweed claims

Austrian researcher tests seaweed claims

  • November 1st, 2012

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, [...]

  • Sterile insects get a boost

Sterile insects get a boost

  • November 1st, 2012

Peter Teal works with several species of fruit flies. The Caribbean fruit fly has red eyes; the Mexican fruit fly has green. Both are [...]

AGweathernet will work with mobile devices

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Vineyard and winery courses go online

Vineyard and winery courses go online

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Weather forecasting tested

Weather forecasting tested

  • November 1st, 2012

Gerritt Hoogenboom

AgWeatherNet, Washington State University’s automated weather station network, is testing a national forecasting model as a tool to predict weather systems, such as [...]

In The Box

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Seaweeds tested for pest control

Seaweeds tested for pest control

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

How cold hardy?

  • November 1st, 2012

Washington State University scientists hope to find a better way to assess cold hardiness of apple and sweet cherry buds and blooms in early [...]

  • Grape growers to visit Capitol Hill

Grape growers to visit Capitol Hill

  • November 1st, 2012

Brenton Roy

Washington State diversified farmer Brenton Roy wants to see more of the state’s wine grape industry attend a national grape policy conference held [...]

  • Des Layne joins WSU

Des Layne joins WSU

  • November 1st, 2012

Desmond Layne

Washington State University has appointed Dr. Desmond Layne, a professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, to the new position of tree fruit [...]

  • Planning for continued success

Planning for continued success

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Machines in Quebec

Machines in Quebec

  • November 1st, 2012

David Guerdin has several years of experience with his Munckhof apple harvester (left) and now owns two.
Richard Lehnert

Apple growers in Canada’s Quebec Province [...]

Good Stuff

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • New director

New director

  • November 1st, 2012

Rich Koenig

Soil Scientist Dr. Rich Koenig has been appointed associate dean and director of Washington State University Extension. He was formerly chair of WSU’s [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]