Good Fruit Grower

November 2016

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Page 18 of 63 GOOD FRUIT GROWER NOVEMBER 2016 19 TJ MULLINAX/GOOD FRUIT GROWER works as a mapping product manager for RDO executive director of the California Apple Commission. The Fresno-based group has sponsored several pending research projects into the use of drones in apples and blueberries, also represented by the commission. Among them: studies into mapping, detecting pest pressure and targeted spraying. The current state of drones Some growers use UAVs commer- cially now, though not extensively. Washington growers have deployed drones to chase away birds, California wine grape growers have begun spraying with unmanned flights, and an Oregon viticulturist has used a drone to map future plantings and measure elevation for an irrigation project (see "Test Flights" on Page 24). Earlier this summer, Yamaha Corp. agricultural vendors sprayed fungicide on wine grapes in California's Sonoma and Napa counties with the RMax, an unmanned helicopter with a 10-foot Ambrosia™ Blondee™ Cameo® brand Chrisolyn™ Jonathan Granny Smith Jonastar™ Jonagold Pink Lady® Brand RubyMac® Snowsweet® Spartan Zestar!® Gala: Buckeye® Gala Ultima Gala® Early Fuji: Morning Mist™ Rising Sun® Braeburn: Kumeu Crimson® Mariri Red™ Additional Varieties Cosmic Crisp TM (WA 38 CV) Cosmic Crisp is a cross between Enterprise and Honeycrisp. The large, juicy apple has a remarkably firm and crisp texture. Its exceptional flavor profile provides ample sweetness and tartness, making it an excellent eating apple. Call for availability. USPP #24,210 Lady in Red This high colored Cripps Pink sport begins color formation well over a month before harvest and finishes off with a beautiful, nice, reddish-pink hue. Lady in Red was shown to mature approximately one week earlier than the Cripps Pink cultivar grown in the same location in New Zealand. *Trademark license for Pink Lady® Brand available upon request (Lady in Red is a sport of Cripps Pink) USPP #18,787 Royal Red Honeycrisp ® Discovered in the Columbia Basin of Washington State, this exciting new color sport of Honeycrisp is catching attention from coast to coast. Royal Red Honeycrisp® is a blush type selection and maintains the crisp, juicy texture of its parent that so many consumers have come to love. Beyond the high color factor, initial tests indicate that it's improved storage characteristics may be equally important in improving pack-out. USPP #22,244 Aztec Fuji ® DT2 variety Aztec Fuji ® is a high colored Fuji sport from New Zealand. It has the sweet juicy flavor, crisp texture and harvest maturity of standard Fuji. Aztec is a blush type and observations show it to be one of the highest coloring Fuji sports to date. Aztec Fuji® is a protected trademark of Waimea Variety Management Ltd. Early Robin ® This early Rainier-type cherry matures 7-10 days before standard Rainier. Early Robin ® is mild in flavor and medium to large in size. Early Robin ® requires a pollinizer but Van should not be used. USPP#13,951 Willow Drive Nursery C A L L F O R A V AI L A BI LI T Y Willow Drive Nursery, Inc. Call Toll Free: 1-888-548-7337 3539 Road 5 NW, Ephrata, WA 98823 Visit our booth at the hort shows (Wenatchee, WA, Dec. 5-7, Booth # 100; Grand Rapids, MI, Dec. 7-8, Booth #401)

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