Pears

The orchard of the future: Higher tree densities, more automation

If asked what commercial fruit orchards might look like in the future – even up to a century from now – those who’ve studied orchards closely will give you a wide range of answers. The speculati... more

Shoreline Fruit vertically integrates to thrive

An agricultural operation with multiple business arms operates best when all facets are on the same page – or at least functioning from a shared playbook.... more

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BEI demise spurs race to fill blueberry harvester void

When BEI International, a South Haven, Michigan, agriculture equipment supplier, went defunct last April, it left several growers throughout the count... more »

Washington fruit unit hits the ground running

Jon DeVaney knows he is the go-to person, now that the merger of four Washington state fruit industry associations is officially in place. DeVaney, wh... more »

Russian ban leaves apple exporters scrambling for new markets

Russia was on everybody’s mind at Interpoma.On Nov. 20, speakers at the international apple conference held in Bolzano, Italy, discussed the wor... more »

Researchers study SWD pressure in cherries

Concern continues to mount about the potential impact of spotted wing drosophila (SWD) in tart cherries in Michigan. Larry Gut, Michigan State Univers... more »

Vacuum harvester redesigned to be self-propelled

A mechanical harvester that’s been in development for some time has undergone enough tweaks that its designers are nearly ready to bring the mac... more »

Search engine identifies tree fruit pests

A new search engine tool for identifying diseases, insect and mite pests and beneficials of tree fruit is now online. The search can be accessed in it... more »

EverCrisp on its way

It was early November 2008, shortly after apple harvest ended, when David Doud first realized he might have a special apple on his hands. The owner of... more »

Agritourism professionals create association

In August, a new organization, the National Agritourism Professionals Association (NAPA), was formed to help support the agritourism industry and the ... more »

Arysta launches Kasumin bactericide

EPA has recently registered Arysta LifeScience North America’s Kasumin bactericide.According to a company news release, Kasumin offers a unique ... more »

Northwest pear industry revises its crop estimate

With harvest currently underway, representatives of the Northwest pear industry have officially updated their initial projections for the 2014 fresh p... more »


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