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New Technology

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  • Grape growers to visit Capitol Hill

Grape growers to visit Capitol Hill

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Cold is hot topic at Expo

Cold is hot topic at Expo

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Planning for continued success

Planning for continued success

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Sterile insects get a boost

Sterile insects get a boost

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

  • Robotic pruning

Robotic pruning

  • November 1st, 2012

If researchers achieve the goals they have set for themselves, apple and grape growers should see the day when their dormant pruning will be [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Weather forecasting tested

Weather forecasting tested

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Growers try it out

Growers try it out

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Good to Know

Good to Know

Grape growers have been closely watching the spread of the brown marmorated stinkbug (Halyomorpha halys Stål). It was first identified in 1996 in Allentown, [...]

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 [...]

  • 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, [...]

  • Des Layne joins WSU

Des Layne joins WSU

  • November 1st, 2012

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

  • Machines in Quebec

Machines in Quebec

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Vineyard and winery courses go online

Vineyard and winery courses go online

  • November 1st, 2012

Yakima Valley Community College, through a national science grant, is transitioning its vineyard and winery educational program to an online and hybrid format to [...]

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 [...]

  • New director

New director

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

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 [...]

  • Classes for Hispanics

Classes for Hispanics

  • November 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Yeast tested as lure

Yeast tested as lure

  • November 1st, 2012

A species of yeast that University of California scientists have found in cherries and raspberries infested by the spotted wing drosophila could play a [...]

  • Seaweeds tested for pest control

Seaweeds tested for pest control

  • November 1st, 2012

Seaweed extracts are typically used by growers with the aim of improving tree growth and enhancing fruit yields and quality. Although the extracts are [...]

  • Automated crop estimating

Automated crop estimating

  • November 1st, 2012

Robotics experts at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania are confident they can develop a machine able to count apples in orchards in order to [...]