Apples

Bug Barriers: Research studies netting effect on BMSB

Netting is being evaluated in apple orchards across the country. Sometimes it’s to protect the fruit from sunburn or hail, and sometimes it’s to improve thinning by keeping pollinators out. At North Carolina State University... more »

Coast-to-coast research battles fire blight in apples, pears

Fire blight can cripple apple production and kill young trees. The disease is also difficult to control. Researchers at Virginia Tech’s Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural and Extension Research Center in Winchester, Virginia, are studying... more »

USApple supports UNITED Act for UK exports

USApple is voicing its support of expanded and two-way trade with the United Kingdom. The Falls Church, Virginia, association is joining 47 food and agriculture entities supporting the UNITED Act. Because... more »

Seminar addresses fire blight pruning and sanitation

Washington State University Extension is presenting a webinar on fire blight pruning and sanitation. The June 13 session is part of a series of updates on a national research project on fire blight in Michigan,... more »

Rice Fruit celebrates 110 years

Rice Fruit Co., a leading East Coast apple grower and packer, is marking 110 years of growing tree fruit. “The fresh produce industry is made of a patchwork of family narratives, stories stitched together by... more »

Unifrutti deploys Tevel’s flying robots to harvest apples

Chilean company Unifrutti has harvested apples using robots from Israeli start-up Tevel. Tevel’s autonomous harvesting system harvested several apple varieties in Unifrutti Chile’s orchards from March to May. Unifrutti growers gather... more »

BelleHarvest acquires Valley View, expands apple offerings

The acquisition provides BelleHarvest with a greater ability to expand its varietal mix and enhance overall quality, according to a news release. “With the increased volume and quality, we can better serve our existing and... more »

Domex Superfresh promotes Conner O’Malley to president

Domex Superfresh Growers has promoted Conner O'Malley to president. In his new role, O’Malley will lead sales, operations, marketing, production management and grower relations. O’Malley succeeds predecessor Tim Lane, who plans to retire later this... more »

AgroFresh partners with Strella on pear, apple storage monitoring

Postharvest freshness solutions provider AgroFresh Solutions Inc. is partnering with sensor technology developer Strella, in an exclusive global distribution agreement. The agreement, announced April 20, launches immediately for the Northern Hemisphere’s apple and pear seasons,... more »

New apples address climate, labor shortfalls

Through careful crossbreeding and selection, University of Maryland (UMD) researchers have developed what they consider to be ideal apple varieties for American growers trying to adapt to a changing world. The new apples, a yellow... more »

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