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New Equipment & Technology

Featured stories about new equipment and technology appear in this issue.

Tree planter pays dividends

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Yakima Valley Orchards designed and built its own three-row tree planting machine. Yakima Valley Orchards used to plant trees by hand, with workers digging holes

Chemical thinners are inconsistent

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Penn State's Dr. Jim Schupp says that the inconsistent results with chemical thinners led to researcher interest in mechanical thinners. After a decade of searching

Grove to Receive Extension Award

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Dr. Gary Grove, Washington State University plant pathologist, will receive the American Phytopathological Society’s Excellence in Extension Award during the society’s annual meeting in August.

Mechanical thinning works

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The mechanical string thinner knocked off 15 percent or more dormant buds in this Santina block. Right: The Darwin string thinner. Soft fruit growers in

Chamberlain Leads Growers

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Lynne Chamberlain was elected 2010 chair of the board of directors of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. Chamberlain, the first woman to lead

Hand-held thinning tool

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Much of the research in orchard innovation involves automation and robotics, but not every orchard can accommodate technology like mechanized harvesters and mechanical thinners. That's

Good Stuff

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Dream tractor? The Mach 4 is an articulated reversible quad-track vehicle for specialized farming. Launched in Italy in 2008 as a “dream tractor,” it is

Reduce compaction

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Juice grape growers in Washington State have found a way to aerate the soil, relieve soil compaction, and reduce farming costs. An aerator implement that

It just got out of hand

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Phil Brown Welding officially started business in 1964, after some years as an unofficial provider of specialized fruit industry equipment. "My dad was a fruit

Retrofitting an apple packing line

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These images are from one apple. The white apples are infrared images. A Yakima, Washington, grower-packer operation wanted to upgrade its optical sorting

IFTA Board Adds New Members

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Three new directors were elected to the board of the International Tree Fruit Association during IFTA’s 53rd annual conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in early

Fruit from the Prairie

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The five members of the Romance series of sour cherries, released in 2003, surround Carmine Jewel, which was released in 1999. All are very dark

Apples from the prairie

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Autumn Delight (right photo) and Misty Rose. Three apple cultivars released by the University of Saskatchewan fruit breeding program are being recommended for commercial production

Lonnie Alvin Conner, 1925–2010

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Pasco, Washington, juice grape grower Lonnie Conner, who devoted much of his life to industry and community affairs, died February 19 after a brief illness.

Australia testing two new pears

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Garry Langford says testers will be licensed to grow trees for five years to produce enough pears for sampling. Two new pear varieties from Australia

IFTA Makes Awards to Key People

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The International Fruit Tree Association gave awards during the winter conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in early March. Phil Brown, owner of Phil Brown Welding,

Irrigation options

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Plantings at Yakima Valley Orchards are irrigated with drip. Travis Allan checks on a Honeycrisp block planted in 2007 where overhead sprinklers are being installed

The lowdown on drip

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Drip irrigation systems are designed to deliver water precisely and uniformly to the crop roots and often results in water savings. Water is applied in

Check soil before planting

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The period between removing an orchard and replanting is a good time to correct the soil pH and nutrient levels in the soil. Tim Smith,

Drench in the orchard

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Single-bin drenching with a postharvest fungicide is being tested. Research shows that the sooner a fungicide is applied after harvest, the more effective it is