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Featured stories covering the latest in tree fruit technology appear in this issue.

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Understanding how tart cherry trees work is key to quality and cost control

November 24th, 2014|0 Comments

Ask an orchard manager, just how good a job do you have to do to keep it producing high quality fruit year after year?

Not all consumers opposed to GMOs

November 24th, 2014|0 Comments

How to measure the activism and attitudes regarding GMOs.

Sensors help classify insects

November 21st, 2014|0 Comments

New research holds promise for growers.

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Automated trap simplifies research

November 20th, 2014|0 Comments

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Researchers at Michigan State University used the SemiosBio automated “camera trap” monitoring system last season as a research tool.

According to Dr. Larry Gut and his

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It’s nearly show time: Hort Show 2014

November 20th, 2014|0 Comments

Gearing up for the big reveal

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2014 Hort Show preview: Advancing with the times

November 20th, 2014|0 Comments

The annual Washington hort meeting will assemble experts who can help growers move forward in their operations.

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Great Lakes Expo lineup

November 20th, 2014|0 Comments

Great Lakes Expo December 9-11 in Michigan

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Fighting food fraud with forensics

November 20th, 2014|1 Comment

Each apple has a chemical fingerprint that links it to the place it was grown.

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Remote pest managment with automated traps

November 20th, 2014|0 Comments

With an electronic trap and wireless network, growers can spend less time scouting in the orchard.

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Apple art winner

November 14th, 2014|0 Comments

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Laura Ramirez, 18, of Sunnyside, Washington, was the grand-prize winner in the Washington Apple Education Foundation’s Year of the Apple Art Contest. She received a

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Applying precision agriculture to tree fruit

November 10th, 2014|0 Comments

Precision agriculture helps growers optimize returns.

Removing variability to improve crop uniformity

November 10th, 2014|0 Comments

Precision agriculture allows farms to be managed in zones

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Ideas from Mars

November 9th, 2014|0 Comments

Horticulturist takes inspiration from NASA to envision crews of robots in the orchard.

Time’s right for precision ag

November 9th, 2014|0 Comments

An effort to introduce variable-rate fertilizer applications in orchards was 20 years ahead of its time.

Labor worries spur automation effort

November 7th, 2014|0 Comments

Washington scientists are looking for worldwide collaborators to work on automated harvesting.

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Robots that fly

November 3rd, 2014|2 Comments

UAVs—also known as drones—are waiting in the wings to come into orchards and vineyards.

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Controlling the stinkers

November 3rd, 2014|3 Comments

Strides have been made against brown marmorated stinkbug.

  • Exploring on-farm hydropower

Exploring on-farm hydropower

November 2nd, 2014|0 Comments

After helping growers install superior fish screens, the Farmers Conservation Alliance is looking at the potential for turbines in canals.

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Optical sorters come to wineries

November 1st, 2014|0 Comments

The same type of high-tech sorting equipment used by tree fruit packers is being adopted in the wine industry.

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Alex Chinchiolo, Young Grower from Ripon, California

November 1st, 2014|0 Comments

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age / 28
crops / Apples, cherries
title / Partner, farm manager
business / River Bend Orchards
education / Degree in fruit science, California Polytechnic State University

Q:  What was

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An era of physiological discovery

October 24th, 2014|0 Comments

Flore’s tart cherry physiology studies meshed with work in other fruits

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Multi-row sprayers offer great improvements in timeliness

October 24th, 2014|1 Comment

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As more growers move toward modern, high-density planting systems to improve yield and orchard management, the sprayer output needs to be matched to the modern