Equipment

Crop-adapted spraying pays dividends

Crop-adapted spraying (CAS) is a method for apple orchardists to match their airblast sprays to the size, shape and density of their orchard blocks. Jason Deveau, application technology specialist ... more

Weather data moves faster than it used to

Thanks to instrumentation technology, weather monitoring is much more sophisticated than it was 50 years ago. And thanks to smartphones, tablets and other devic... more

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Patience Pays Dividends During 108th Congress

One word comes to mind when analyzing Farm Bureau's accomplishments during the 108th Congress. That word is "patience." And, as William Shakespeare wr... more »

Primocane Raspberries Fit Just Fine on Maryland Farm

If managing raspberries were easy, would they still sell for $4.50 a pint? Nathan Milburn hopes so. In 2001, Milburn Orchards ventured into raspberrie... more »

State Apple Industries Debate Mandatory Pasteurization

Should all apple cider be pasteurized? The answer to that question has caused divisions within the U.S. apple industry. Some see it as a safety issue,... more »

Federal Programs Are Worth Billions To Specialty Crops

We’ve been hearing a lot about specialty crops lately, thanks in large part to the 2007 Farm Bill. In anticipation of the new bill, specialty cr... more »

Oklahoma Grower Shares Tips and Sound Techniques

Lavon Williams has been growing blueberries for only a year, but he’s already learned enough to show other people how to do it. On June 11, Will... more »

Thousands drive for miles to visit Edwards Apple Orchard

It’s 80 snarled-traffic miles from Chicago to the corn and soybean fields around Rockford, Ill., but lots of people make the trek, sometimes sev... more »

Customer Care Is Tops At Rudd Strawberry Farm

When the state commissioner of agriculture chooses to purchase his strawberries from your farm, you know you’re doing something right. Steve Tro... more »

Large East Coast Customer Base Makes It All Work

When Pam and Gary Mount bought Terhune Orchards in 1975, they weren’t just looking to run a farm. They wanted to create a community gathering pl... more »

Shipping Cherries by the Millions

It was July 22, deep into the cherry harvest, and the cooling pad at Cherry Bay Orchards was abuzz with activity. Cooled water poured into tanks, each... more »

Editor Studies the Chinese Apple Industry With IFTA

In July, I traveled with the International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) on its study tour to China. More than 80 people were on the trip, including i... more »


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