Grower innovations displayed in IFTA Summer Tour

At the International Fruit Tree Association’s (IFTA) 2022 Summer Tour, participants gained insights into effectively growing apples, cherries and pears. During the July 17-20 tour, industry participants visited Columbia River Basin fruit growers who told... more »

IFTA tour highlights Washington fruit tree production systems

The International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) summer tour provided participants insights into how growers can more efficiently grow apples, pears and cherries. This year, members of the Kennewick, Washington-based organization toured central and southeast Washington... more »

IFTA Annual Conference seeks fruit production sweet spot

The International Tree Fruit Association 65th annual conference and tours were held Feb. 13-15, 2022. In-person participants met at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, for two days of speaker presentations and... more »

Technology highlights at IFTA show commercial potential

The International Fruit Tree Association’s winter meeting – held in a series of online, virtual sessions and tours this year – contained updates on transformational technologies. The event, held Feb. 22-24, had the theme of... more »

Tree fruit rootstocks evolve over decades

This is the latest installment in a series of stories marking the 60th anniversary of Fruit Growers News. From the heyday of Red Delicious and harvesting from ladders to today’s Honeycrisp hybrids and platform pickers,... more »

Apple growers put premium on accuracy

Precise cropping of apple trees has become more vital as high density production systems continue to proliferate in the industry. The subject was on center stage at this year’s International Fruit Tree Association’s (IFTA) annual... more »

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 »

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