New Technology & Buyer’s Guide
Featured stories covering new technology and the 2017 Buyer’s Guide in this issue.
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Anel Dorantes, a young grower from Tieton, Washington
family background / Anel grew up on her father’s farm with five younger brothers and sisters and has since taken over the farm,
The high-tech promise of hands-off
Mechanization researchers have seen quality improvements along with possibilities of cost savings.
X-ray vision to see ice formation inside buds
Using an advanced type of X-ray imaging to examine ice formation inside wild grape buds, a researcher is getting a highly detailed, three-dimensional view that
Same grapes, different names – Cynthiana and Norton
Though they have different names, new research from Missouri State University has found that Norton and Cynthiana wine grapes are genetically identical. (Courtesy Missouri
Be aware of shortcomings with Malling 9 rootstock
High summer temperatures and shallow soils can adversely affect canopy development and yield.
Allan Bros. paces innovation
Longtime Washington fruit company leads the way with development of new technologies, including collaboration on vacuum picker.
A better way to spray
Application tech specialist from Ontario finds crop-adapted spraying reduces pesticide use by an average of 25 percent.
Fourth Leaf flies independent flag
Washington’s renamed Holtzinger is one of a few packers in U.S. that doesn’t also grow its own fruit.
A layman’s guide to reading research articles
Click image to read the PDF. Two Washington State University extension specialists have released a free guide to help readers wade through the
Entomologists join WSU for pear IPM project
Louie Nottingham Two new entomologists have joined the Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee to work on a
Sunburn and sunscald: Beware the warning signs – Video
Sunburn and sunscald research underway in sunny Chile could lead to tools that would benefit growers in all arid regions.
Orchard mechanization gains momentum
Growers increasingly find ways to adopt new technologies across all four seasons.
Willett: Taking advantage of technology
The desire to automate segments of the tree fruit industry isn’t new. At its formation, as far back as the 1960s, the Washington Tree Fruit
The ag advocates
Hort Council presses on amid leadership change.
Overcoming the pear plateau: Interpera 2017 – Video
Growers gather to share ideas to increase production, which has been flat for the past 10 years around most of the world.
Tim Akita, a young grower from Dallesport, Washington
Tim is a fourth-generation farmer who works both as a chiropractor in The Dalles, Oregon, and runs the family farm that his great-grandfather, Nobuhei Akita, started in 1931.
The quest for new varieties, cold-hardy rootstock
The Drapeau style orchard system showed the highest financial return during Belgian trials of Conference pears. (Courtesy Jef Vercammen/Proeftuin pit- en steenfruit) Researchers