Equipment

South Tyrolean apple facility on the cutting edge of sorting, packing, storage

High up in Italy’s Vinschgau Valley is a state-of-the-art sorting, packing and storage facility for apples. The International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) saw it in action last fall, during a tour of the South Tyrolean... more »

Growers will have to adapt to changing weather patterns

Last year was Earth’s warmest since 1880, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The two agencies recently announced that Earth’s average surface temperature has warmed by about 1.4˚ F since... more »

California drought showing no sign of relenting

Although early February storms brought much-needed precipitation to California, they only made a small dent in the four-year-old drought, water managers said. Many of the state’s vegetable growers said they still don’t expect any surface... more »

More than one way to grow apples in South Tyrol

With about 8,000 people growing apples in Italy’s South Tyrol province, it’s hard to pinpoint a “typical” grower. But visiting the farms of Stefan Klotzner and Kurt Komiss – as the International Fruit Tree Association... more »

Industry reacts to ‘Dirty Dozen’ list

The Environmental Working Group released Feb. 25 its list of what it identifies as the most pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables, according to its new analysis of U.S. government data.According to a news release, apples, peaches... more »

FMC launches Fracture fungicide

FMC Corp. is launching Fracture fungicide, a broad-spectrum, biological fungicide labeled for the prevention and control of powdery mildew, botrytis and brown rot blossom blight. Fracture is a patented fungicide labeled for use in the... more »

USDA releases a ‘gem’ of a new pear

A new pear cultivar called Gem has been released by USDA, Oregon State University, Michigan State University and Clemson University.Agricultural Research Service horticulturist Richard Bell, at the ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West... more »

New black raspberry available

Ohio’s Treasure, a new black raspberry available exclusively from Hartmann’s Plant Co., can be used by home gardeners, u-pick growers and commercial growers.The cultivar has a normal spring crop and a second crop that yields... more »

Vineyard management plan changes during drought

How California wine grape vines responded in 2014 was partially dependent on what happened to them in 2013. It is good to find out what is happening below 2 feet. Vines can survive under very... more »

Big Washington apple crop brings marketing challenges

Can Washington state’s apple industry come close to successfully marketing 2014’s record crop of 155 million 40-pound-boxes? The consensus is resoundingly positive, based on comments made during the state’s largest gathering of growers, packers, shippers... more »


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