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Precision key to ideal crop load management

Terence Robinson, a tree fruit physiologist with Cornell University, has been an influencer in the evolution of apple training systems for 35 years. He maintained that posture when he took the podium during the International... more »

Ontario growers cut corners for success

Gerbe Botden is a young apple grower who appreciates the benefits of modern orchard technology, such as Botden Orchards’ massive over-the-row recycling sprayer that towers over four rows. The sprayer attracted immediate attention from a... more »

Paul Wafler’s innovations saluted by the industry

New generations of the Wafler family are making a family tradition of innovation by customizing equipment and even improving the tree structures in their west New York orchards. Paul Wafler, a second-generation owner of Wafler... more »

IFTA tour highlights innovative orchardists

The International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) annual conference and tours hit the road Tuesday, Feb. 26 to learn from growers near Rochester, New York who have been trying new things in their orchards. The group... more »

IFTA study tour highlights New Zealand growers

New Zealand growers and industry representatives showcased the country’s tree fruit production amenities during the International Fruit Tree Association’s 2018 Study Tour and Conference in February. Tour participants witnessed early apple harvests in the Hawke’s... more »

New Zealand tweaks approaches, spurs growth

New Zealand growers and industry representatives showcased the country’s tree fruit production amenities during the International Fruit Tree Association’s 2018 Study Tour and Conference in February. Tour participants witnessed early apple harvests in the Hawke’s... more »

Trial and error a big theme during IFTA summer tour

New York state apple grower Jeff Smith showed off plantings of NY 1 and NY 2 during the International Fruit Tree Association’s (IFTA) summer tour in upstate New York. Ledge Rock Farms near Medina, New... more »

New York state growers adapt to market, challenges

Paul Wafler’s apple production management journey has landed – at least for now. The Wolcott, New York grower has found contentment and profits based on successful development of a harvest platform that was on display... more »

Northwest Michigan growers planting at higher densities

Northwest Michigan’s fruit industry is in transition. Wine grapes have been booming, but after two brutal winters and two failed crops in a row the region’s tourist-magnet wineries aren’t as certain about the future of their... more »

IFTA spotlights Gala, Fuji and Honeycrisp production

For a long time, Red Delicious was the backbone of the U.S. apple industry. If you wanted a dependable income, you grew that variety. But the crop mix is more complicated today and competition for... more »


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