Modern irrigation tools move closer to automation

Growers still bear responsibility for irrigating specialty crops, but technology offers a few helping hands for the task. Sensors detect moisture in the air or soil. Weather networks record historica... more »

Small-time apple growers inflate ag census numbers

The USDA counted fewer middle-size farms across American agriculture during the 2017 agriculture census, and fruit growers are no exception. Take apple growers, for instance. The number of farms grow... more »

Midwest cold damage masks vine trunk diseases

Old Man Winter is broadly blamed for damaged grapevines across the Midwest. But after looking beneath the surface, one Extension specialist discovered that much of the Midwestern damage is due to d... more »

Bioscience beckons, offers new traits for growers, consumers

Talking to researchers and companies about their genetically-engineered projects for specialty crops is a little bit like a trip to a grower’s dream world. Imagine ground cherries that stay on th... more »

Survey shows workforce deficiencies for growers

Scarce labor availability continued to plague fruit growers in 2018, according to responses to an agriculture labor survey conducted by Fruit Growers News. Inching up one percentage point from 2017... more »

UFO peach system finds favor at Windy Ridge

When Gregory Lang conducts tree fruit research in search of orchard technologies that are optimized, efficient production systems, he does so knowing the fruit-growing community may or may not embrace... more »

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