While apples that originally evolved in the wild needed to entice megafauna to disperse their seeds, humans ultimately took over that task, spreading the trees along the famous Silk Road along with other familiar crops. This dispersing of the apple seeds ultimately led to the trees’ domestication. All of this is laid out in a […]
Apple iPad. Apple Watch. Apple iPhone. Apple … orchards? Yes it’s true, the technology behind some of the latest and greatest apple orchards is quite striking. This fall I toured orchards during harvest across Minnesota, Michigan, and Washington state. Washington was with Arctic Apples, the new non-browning “GMO” variety. And, boy, this technology is impressive! […]
The tools for organic apples are limited, but not the other way around; conventional apple growers have access to all the products they do and then some.
The pork industry is taking a one, two punch following President Trump’s latest announcement to implement tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Mexico, Canada, and the European Union. On Tuesday Mexico levied punitive tariffs – 10 percent effective immediately, escalating to 20 percent – on unprocessed pork (not including variety meats) in retaliation. Mexico’s […]
Do you have a favorite apple? Well, now you can vote for it when you fill out a 2018 Munch Madness Bracket. The U.S. Apple Association is excited to bring back its annual ‘Munch Madness’ interactive tournament-style web bracket for its third year. The four-week, four-round online competition encourages consumers to get in on the […]
Penn State researchers may have discovered a way to indicate which Honeycrisp apples will develop bitter pit disorder, a measure that could potentially save millions of dollars annually in wasted fruit. While Honeycrisp is not yet the most popular apple in the U. S., trailing Gala and Fuji in sales, more Honeycrisp trees have been […]
A recent Purdue University study shows apple trees bear more fruit when surrounded by good neighbors. Since apple trees cannot self-pollinate, the pollen from other apple varieties is necessary for fruit to grow. Orchard owners often plant crab apple trees amongst high-value apples such as Honeycrisp, Gala, and Fuji. Crab apples produce a lot of […]
Each year, on average, there are 240 million bushels of apples in the U.S. that need to be picked. Backed by a $10 million investment from Google Ventures, Yamaha Motor Company, and others, Abundant Robotics hopes to help growers shoulder that task. “Most types of agriculture relied on muscle power until the 19th century. Since then, […]