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Understanding how tart cherry trees work is key to quality and cost control
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
How to measure the activism and attitudes regarding GMOs.
Sensors help classify insects
New research holds promise for growers.
Automated trap simplifies research
Peter McGhee explains how pictures of sticky traps can be examined on a computer. (Courtesy SemiosBio Technologies Inc.) Researchers at Michigan State University
It’s nearly show time: Hort Show 2014
Gearing up for the big reveal
2014 Hort Show preview: Advancing with the times
The annual Washington hort meeting will assemble experts who can help growers move forward in their operations.
Great Lakes Expo lineup
Great Lakes Expo December 9-11 in Michigan
Fighting food fraud with forensics
Each apple has a chemical fingerprint that links it to the place it was grown.
Remote pest managment with automated traps
With an electronic trap and wireless network, growers can spend less time scouting in the orchard.
Apple art winner
Laura Ramirez won the grand prize in the Year of the Apple Art Contest with this painting, "Beautiful Apples." Laura Ramirez, 18, of
Applying precision agriculture to tree fruit
Precision agriculture helps growers optimize returns.
Removing variability to improve crop uniformity
Precision agriculture allows farms to be managed in zones
Ideas from Mars
Horticulturist takes inspiration from NASA to envision crews of robots in the orchard.
Time’s right for precision ag
An effort to introduce variable-rate fertilizer applications in orchards was 20 years ahead of its time.
Labor worries spur automation effort
Washington scientists are looking for worldwide collaborators to work on automated harvesting.
Robots that fly
UAVs—also known as drones—are waiting in the wings to come into orchards and vineyards.
Controlling the stinkers
Strides have been made against brown marmorated stinkbug.
Exploring on-farm hydropower
After helping growers install superior fish screens, the Farmers Conservation Alliance is looking at the potential for turbines in canals.
Optical sorters come to wineries
The same type of high-tech sorting equipment used by tree fruit packers is being adopted in the wine industry.
Alex Chinchiolo, Young Grower from Ripon, California
age / 28 crops / Apples, cherries title / Partner, farm manager business / River Bend Orchards education / Degree in fruit science,
An era of physiological discovery
Flore’s tart cherry physiology studies meshed with work in other fruits
Multi-row sprayers offer great improvements in timeliness
As more growers move toward modern, high-density planting systems to improve yield and orchard management, the sprayer output needs to be matched to