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  • Wild bees boost apple harvest

    Orchards pollinated by a wide range of wild bee species grow more apples than those pollinated by fewer species, finds a new US study. Its authors suggest that farmers could consider investing in wild bee conservation to improve crop yield. Many farmers around the world hire or manage hives of honeybees to help pollinate crops including fruit and nuts. However, demand for pollinator-dependent ...

  • Preserving the best qualities of `Honeycrisp` apples

    'Honeycrisp' apples are among the most popular varieties in today's fresh fruit market. The apple's explosive crispness, juiciness, and flavor have made them a new favorite among consumers. However, the apples' distinctive characteristics are at peak only when they are properly grown, picked at optimum maturity, and stored under ideal conditions. A new research study in the August 2015 issue of ...

  • China seeking to export apples to US

    China has its sights set on exporting its fruit to the United States. And that's OK with growers in Washington, who harvest the bulk of America's apple crop. Having the world's No. 1 apple producer as a competitor may seem counterintuitive, but growers say opening U.S. borders to Chinese apples means American farmers should in turn be able to get a foothold in the country's lucrative and growing ...


    By Associated Press

  • Study reveals causes of apple skin spot

    For fruit crops such as apples, compromised skin appearance usually results in reduced market value. Identifying causes of fruit disorders and diseases can help producers modify growing strategies and increase profits. Researchers in Germany recently released a study of "skin spot", a disorder found in 'Elstar' (and occasionally in 'Golden Delicious') apples after CA storage that is characterized ...

  • Apples top new `Dirty Dozen` list

    Environmental Working Group has released the seventh edition of its Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce with updated information on 53 fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide loads. EWG highlights the worst offenders with its "Dirty Dozen" list and the cleanest conventional produce with its "Clean 15" list. Analysts at EWG synthesized data collected from the U.S. Department of ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Upping the apples and pears in Health and Safety Week

    Staff at the Environment Agency will be provided with locally produced fruit next week (13 to 17 October) as part of Health and Safety Week. Home grown apples and pears from M A Manning and Son in Willingham will  be given to staff in Bedford, Huntingdon, Ely and Kings Lynn, as part of the week, aimed at raising awareness and providing information and practical advice on health and safety ...

  • Canadian Apple Orchard Taste-Tests the IoT

    Algoma Orchards, located in Newcastle, Ontario, is no rinky-dink farm. In fact, it’s the largest privately owned grower and packer of apples in Canada. The company maintains 750 acres of trees, a packing plant and a juice factory onsite, and imports apples from Chile in order to maintain a year-round supply. The company also conducted a test last summer of an ...


    By SemiosBio Technologies Inc.

  • Sandwich system found effective in organic apple orchards

    In organic apple orchards, one of the most serious challenges for growers is determining ways to limit weed competition while improving soil quality and ensuring high yields of quality apples. Scientists from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences published a study of orchard floor management systems (HortScience, March 2015) that revealed the benefits of using "sandwich systems" in ...

  • Recall of Honeycrisp Apple Cider due to Patulin Contamination

    Consumers are warned to avoid drinking Pepin Heights Orchard’s Honeycrisp Apple Cider products with a use-by-date of February 9, 2012.   Patulin is a mycotoxin and produced by Penicillium, Aspergillus and Byssochylamys molds. It grows on a variety of foods, including fruit, grain, and cheese, but it is a particular threat in apple juice. While the immediate ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Machine harvesting may increase apple supply for hard cider market

    Cider - or "hard cider" as it is typically known in the United States - is experiencing a real revival. The fermented apple juice with 0.5% to 7% alcohol-by-volume is the fastest growing alcohol market segment in the US, boasting a 54% increase in production annually from 2007 to 2012. Naturally, increasing consumer demand for cider translates to a need for more apples to make quality cider ...

  • Lead Found in Brand Name Packaged Fruits & Juices

    LA Testing provides lead testing solutions to the general public and food processors to ensure products are free of dangerous levels of lead. Los Alamitos, CA, July 8th, 2010 Last month the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF), a California non-profit organization, reported that a number of packaged fruits and juices they tested reported high levels of lead.  ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Bumper Apple Harvest – Conical Cone Bottom Tanks For Cider Production

    The Telegraph reports that 2014 is going to produce a bumper apple crop and that’s great news for growers, cider producers and consumers alike. The combination of ample sunshine and rain means that this year’s harvest is going to provide crunchier and juicier apples and it may well be the best in living memory. This year’s apple harvest is set to begin earlier than that of 2013, ...


    By ENDURAMAXX Storage Tanks

  • Providing more lower-grade fruit may not increase consumption

    New research suggests that increasing the availability of lower grade fresh fruit and vegetables may not be the answer to increasing its consumption. The research by Cranfield University set out to understand what affects fruit and vegetable demand.  Of those surveyed, the research identified that the fresh produce industry perceived that the ‘5-a-day’ message has had little ...


    By Cranfield University

  • The Bumper Apple Harvest continues – Cone Bottom Tanks bring cider makers success

    Amongst the growers reporting 2015 to be a record apple harvest are the monks of Ampleforth Abbey whose orchards in the North of England are still harvested by hand. The orchard comprises some 2,000 trees that span over 40 varieties of apple, with some being ready for harvest at different times of the year. Therefore, the yield will span over several months. According to official figures from The ...


    By ENDURAMAXX Storage Tanks

  • As a Fruit Grower or Packer, can you make money from your waste? Absolutely!

    The commercial growing and packing sector will be intimately familiar with the quantity of waste produced during the processing of the various fruits and vegetables they handle.  The ultimate destination of this waste is what is changing. Landfill, animal feed, recycling and now Anaerobic Digestion are all destinations for the waste from this sector.  Landfill used to account for a ...


    By SEaB Energy Ltd.

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

    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 orchard,” said Michael Gilbert, CEO ...


    By SemiosBio Technologies Inc.

  • Creating Gaseous Micro Environments for Packaged Produce to Maintain the Quality of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

    Food has often had a long and arduous journey before it reaches our plates, and creating gaseous micro environments ensures the preservation of food quality. In the United States, it is estimated that food typically travels between 1500 and 2500 miles1 between the farms where it is produced and the dinner table where it is ultimately consumed. What we think of as ...


    By Edinburgh Sensors Ltd

  • Cider Season is Nearly Upon Us – Cone Bottom Tanks at the Ready!

    As summer matures, so too do the fruits on the UK’s heaving apple and pear trees. Although Horticulture Week indicates that 2015 will see a slight dip in Europe’s forecast apple and pear harvests, with a 4 per cent dip for apples and 3 for pears, both harvests are still above the average for the last three years. Across the 28 EU member states, 11,974,000 tonnes of apples and ...


    By ENDURAMAXX Storage Tanks

  • Luna® Fungicide Label Expansion Gives Growers New Crops for Broad-Spectrum Disease Control

    Bayer has received notice that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an expanded label for Luna® fungicides permitting use on a larger group of fruit, nut and vegetable crops. Once approved in relevant states, these label expansions will be effective across a broad geographical ...


    By Bayer Crop Science AG

  • Time is ripe for wine grapes

    Grape berry ripening is occurring earlier and the harvest season is becoming shorter, possibly due to increases in atmospheric temperatures and CO2 levels. This is causing wineries considerable difficulty in accurately scheduling harvests to maximise the wine-making potential of some grape varieties. “We discovered that the application of certain plant-growth regulators can delay berry ...

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