orchard Articles

  • On site at Northdown Orchard Organic Farm

    On Saturday 15th of October we were on site with Mike and the team at Northdown Orchard, an existing customer who was kind enough to show us around the farm and let us snap some great photos at his site in exchange for a morning demonstrating our latest stone burier on his tractor. About Northdown Orchard The organic farm is a family run affair and sits on a site of ...


    By Farm Tech Supplies Ltd.

  • California firm clears orchards for development, re-growth

    Although it is hard to tell it at first glance, many of the rural parts of north central California — those areas traditionally covered with full, lush orchards — are disappearing. A combination of agricultural economics and good old-fashioned real estate development are teaming up to turn land that was once invaluable for the crops it could yield, into land that is perhaps more valuable just as ...


    By Morbark, LLC

  • Helpful Tips to Protect Your Apple Orchards

    Fall is here and apple orchards are a very popular place to visit with your family and friends. Getting excited to pick a fresh apple and eating a doughnut while drinking apple cider makes anyone excited for fall. But you don’t want the birds ruining your orchard. Learn how you can keep birds away with Avian Control’s tips on how to protect your apple orchards ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • Knowledge of Farm Practices – The Key for Successful Farming

    Agriculture plays an important part in the world economy. One-third of the economically active population obtains its livelihood from agriculture. In Asia and Africa, millions of small-scale farmers, fishermen, and indigenous people produce most of the food consumed worldwide, in most cases on very small plots of land. Agriculture is increasingly called upon to address a wide range of critical ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Surface energy fluxes and evapotranspiration of a mango orchard grown in a semiarid environment

    Data from field experiments conducted in the semiarid climatic conditions of northeast Brazil were used to investigate the energy flux relations and evapotranspiration (ET) of a mango (Mangifera indica L.) orchard. The Bowen ratio–energy balance method was applied during the 1998–1999 fruiting cycles to estimate the energy balance components of the mango orchard, while the FAO Penman–Monteith ...

  • Bats at risk? Bat activity and insecticide residue analysis of food items in an apple orchard

    Although bats are reported as being threatened by pesticides, they are currently not considered in European Union pesticide risk assessments. The reason for that contradiction is probably related to the scarcity of information on bat activity in pesticide‐treated fields and the pesticide residues on their food items. The authors recorded bat activity and measured pesticide residues on ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Environmental monitoring of economically important invertebrate pests in Bramley apple orchards in Northern Ireland

    Abstract: Apple orchards are host to many species of both pest and beneficial invertebrates. Many of the pest species can cause severe economic damage if populations are left unchecked. Within Northern Irish Bramley apple orchards only four species are deemed to be of economic importance; Panonychus ulmi, Aculus schlechtendali, Rhopalosiphum insertum and Archips podana. Little information exists ...

  • Does insecticide drift adversely affect grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Saltatoria) in field margins? A case study combining laboratory acute toxicity testing with field monitoring data

    The current terrestrial risk assessment of insecticides regarding nontarget arthropods considers exclusively beneficial organisms, whereas herbivorous insects, such as grasshoppers, are ignored. However, grasshoppers living in field margins or meadows adjacent to crops may potentially be exposed to insecticides due to contact or ingestion of contaminated food. Therefore, the present study ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Strategies to Successfully Manage Northeastern Apple Pests

    A wide range of pests threaten Northeastern apple crops, forcing some growers to spend up to 25 percent of production costs to manage mites, insects, disease and other pests. Practical strategies to help growers lower this huge cost while protecting their region’s $580 million annual apple crop are outlined in ...

  • The impact of climate change and soil salinity in irrigation water demand on the Gaza Strip

    The presented work analyzes the potential impacts of the temperature, precipitation changes and water salinity on agricultural water demand. The study was carried out on five representative orchard crops (olive, palm, grapes, citrus and guava) that cover around 83% of the orchard farms in Gaza Strip. To achieve this goal, CropWat modeling software version 8.0 is used to calculate the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Nitrogen mineralization from eucalyptus yardwaste mulch applied to young avocado trees

    Consistent use of mulches over several years can provide significant N to avocado. Study of a 3-year-old Ventura, California, avocado orchard mulched annually for 3 years with 12–14 Mg ha–1 chipped eucalyptus showed that total N in the mulched soil was double that of the control. Mulched intact soil cores released 53 kg ha–1 more N annually than control treatments. A litterbag study showed that ...


    By Springer

  • Simulating pesticide transport from a sloped tropical soil to an adjacent stream

    Received for publication October 25, 2008. Preferential flow from stream banks is an important component of pesticide transport in the mountainous areas of northern Thailand. Models can help evaluate and interpret field data and help identify the most important transport processes. We developed a simple model to simulate the loss of pesticides from a sloped litchi (Litchi chinensis Sonn.) orchard ...

  • Advantages of the combined use of Bi-On and 1-MCP

    The removal of ethylene by Bi-On during coldstorage in Controlled Atmosphere of Bramley apple treated with 1-MCP reduces the risk of scald, according to a recent study conducted in Ireland (Sean Mac an tSaoir, John Mansfield, Frances Ward and Suzanne Johnston, AFBI horticulture Loughgall). Due to the prohibition of the anti-scalding agent DPA, the aim of the trial was to find alternatives to the ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Semios Receives US EPA Approval for 3 New Pheromones To Target the Most Destructive Pests in the Apple & Pear Industry

    Vancouver, BC, November 24, 2014 – Semios, provider of real-time agricultural information and precision pest management tools, has been given US EPA approval for three aerosol pheromone products that disrupt the mating of codling moth and oriental fruit moth. “Our new formula performs extremely well at lower temperatures, emitting a drier mist that disperses quickly across an ...


    By Semios

  • Can bats reduce nut farmers’ pesticide use?

    Ecologist Katherine Ingram is on a quest to quantify the economic value of insect-eating bats in walnut groves. For the past three years, Katherine Ingram has had a most unusual summer job: catching bats and studying their droppings to see what they eat. A doctoral student in ecology at the University of California, Davis, Ingram is exploring the role bats can play as winged ...


    By Ensia

  • Case study - Le Verger de la Blottière

    Le Verger de la Blottière is a family-run company located in Maine-et-Loire in western France, which has been producing highly valued and quality apples and pears for three generations. Le Verger de la Blottière produces 20 different varieties of apples and pears, all valued for their taste and aromatic properties, where the notable Antares apple merits mention, which was ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Five Ways to Manage the Soil for Planting

    The soil, as the primary resource for food production and the most important tool for every farmer, is crucial for farming. Successful farming begins with the quality soil, which provides water and essential nutrients to the crops. Rich and healthy soil, combined with the appropriate amount of water and sunlight can significantly contribute to global food production. Proper soil management ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • LIVE FROM THE NCRS: Yet Another Busy Day at the NCRS

    So yesterday (Wednesday Jul 22, 2015) was another busy day to take advantage of the nice weather.  Like moving the wheat harvest operation over to Farm 7. ...

  • Food For People Initiatives In Israel

    Leket Israel is the largest food rescue and redistribution network in Israel. Created in 2010, this network resulted in the merger of two former food bank organizations — Table to Table, founded in 2003 by Joseph Gitler to rescue and redeliver surplus food that would otherwise be discarded, and Leket Israel, The National Food Bank, founded in 2007. The organization’s programs ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • The newest strategy for saving bees is really, really old

    With pollinators in decline around the world, conservationists turn to traditional farmers for answers. In northwestern India, the Himalaya Mountains rise sharply out of pine and cedar forests. The foothills of the Kullu Valley are blanketed with apple trees beginning to bloom. It’s a cool spring morning, and Lihat Ram, a farmer in Nashala village, shows me a ...


    By Ensia

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