Transitioning a tall spindle system to a narrow fruiting wall increases potential for mechanization, but still requires hand pruning.
Workshop at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention aims to introduce Eastern U.S. apple growers to new tools available for blossom thinning.
Orchardists, packers seek capital from outside investors to modernize and expand.
Growers have many choices as manufacturers invest heavily in harvest platforms.
Apple Vacuum System mounted on a Bandit Xpress platform may look strange, but orchard managers seem pleased with performance.