Dr. Janick featured in Ag Connections about His 65 Years at Purdue
Jules Janick founded Horticulture Reviews (green books in photo) in 1979 and Plant Breeding Review (blue books) in 1983 and edits every volume. By the time he hands over the editing chores to successors next year, he will have edited a combined 84 volumes. Janick is 84.
Photos by Tom Campbell
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Purdue Horticultural society summer meeting to welcome fruit growers
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana Horticultural Society summer meeting will focus on all tree fruit, grape and berry crops through tours and demonstrations on June 23 at Purdue University's Meigs Horticultural Research Farm.
The meeting will start at 9 a.m. and focus on sprayer calibration, determining the quality of spray water and exhibitor introductions in the morning. The meeting will conclude at 8 p.m. after the following tours:
* Dwarf apple tree management.
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Prune fruit trees into shape
Thursday, April 23, 2015 3:00 PM
GOSHEN, Ind. — A crowd gathered in a field A young apple blossom starts to show at Kercher’s Sunrise Orchard. The Twilight Fruit Growers Meeting was April 16 at Kercher’s Sunrise Orchard. Pruning is both an art form and a science. There are several different approaches growers can take to prune fruit trees. The No. 1 mistake growers make? Damaging vulnerable, young trees by excessive pruning — which affects growth later in the tree’s... Read More
“Edward Scissorhands” Replacing Hand Pruning
Two projects are underway in the Midwest to test and expand the use of mechanical grape vine pruning. One project in Wisconsin will evaluate mechanical rough pruning for cold climate hybrids. Another research project at Purdue University is looking at cutting edge technology to perform finer pruning using robotics.
During 2012, David Danzinger of Danzinger Vineyards in Alma, Wisconsin secured a grant from the USDA to study mechanical grape pruning in Wisconsin. The... Read More
The Robots are Coming
The day before Halloween, I wrote a story about Pleasanton, Calif.-based Adept Technology Inc., whose automated ClamPAC system is now being used to pack clamshells at San Juan Batista, Calif.-based Earthbound Farm.
The next night, following my kids around the dark streets of our neighborhood, I was just a tiny bit afraid of running into someone in a Terminator costume.
Are robots taking over? Should we be scared?
For the fresh produce industry, the answers to... Read More