Good Fruit Grower

November 2016

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54 NOVEMBER 2016 GOOD FRUIT GROWER AgroFresh Introduces Novel Sensor Technology A groFresh Solutions, Inc. and C2Sense Inc. have developed proprietary sensors to monitor for ethylene and 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP), the active ingredient in patented SmartFresh postharvest technology. The sensors monitor the SmartFresh application and provide insight into storage conditions, delivering real- time information about the condition of fruit in refrig- erated and controlled atmosphere storage rooms. Once installed, AgroFresh fruit physiologists will work with cus- tomers to monitor the SmartFresh application and storage room conditions to help optimize storage protocols. SmartFresh is applied after fruit is placed in storage rooms and helps maintain fruit at peak quality. Since each storage room has unique conditions, AgroFresh technical specialists provide customized storage and SmartFresh recommendations. For more information about fruit quality manage- ment, visit or contact your local AgroFresh representative. Tree Connection welcomes Loren Queen as new rep F ruit industry veteran Loren Queen has joined Tree Connection, based in Newberg, Oregon. He will be representing Tree C o n n e c t i o n ' s n u r s e r y partners throughout the Northwest from his office in Yakima, Washington. Queen has most recently worked for Extenday USA and Domex Superfresh Growers and has spent more than 20 years in the produce industry in both sales and marketing. "I look forward to networking with growers and nurseries to deliver solutions that help drive returns to the land," Queen said. You can contact Queen at (509) 480-2447 or (800) 421- 4001 or Farm Fuel Inc. offers soil treatments P acific Northwest farmers interested in preplant use of Pescadero Gold mustard seed meal can now benefit from Farm Fuel's milling operation in Washington, which will make orders and shipping much more efficient. Mustard seed meal is an excellent soil amendment after an orchard is pulled out and can be applied in the fall. A 5-1-1 fertilizer, it also is listed for use in organic operations. In its milled form, it can be easily worked into the tree line with the recommended application rate of 3 tons per acre. It is also currently available in pellet form at Chamberlin Ag Products in Wenatchee, Washington, and Hood River and The Dalles, Oregon. Farm Fuel also is introducing Pacific Northwest growers to anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD), a pre- plant soil treatment that combines a soil amendment with field preparation to effectively eliminate soil-borne pathogens. Farm Fuel has been implementing ASD commercially in berries for the past six years, and ASD is now being used in orchards and other crops. For more information, contact Farm Fuel at 831-763- 3950. Visit the website at Macro Plastics offers new, lightweight MacroBin M acro Plastics has developed a new, lightweight bin with "bruise buffer zone" technology that is designed to be both lightweight and strong and durable. The MacroBin 29 includes an interlocking stacking feature for increased safety and can be constructed highly ventilated to maximize airflow and fruit cooling. At 63 pounds, it is about 30 pounds lighter than compa- rably sized plastic harvest bins. The bin, manufacturered in Union Gap, Washington, was designed for Washington apple growers and other food storage companies who were looking for a plastic bin that is cost competitive to a wooden bin. Based in Northern California, Macro Plastics is one of the world's largest manufacturers of bulk plastic containers. Its products are sold in seven distinct product lines, including MacroBin, MacroTote, ProBin, ShuttleBin, HybridBin, IsoBin and MacroTrac. All products are reusable and recyclable. For more information, visit or call (800) 845-6555. GOOD STUFF A selection of the latest products and services for tree fruit and grape growers Loren Queen MACRO PLASTICS The PREMIER Show for fruit and vegetable growers, greenhouse growers and farm marketers! 4,000 + attendees 75+ education sessions and workshops 450 + exhibitors

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