Good Fruit Grower

November 2012

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A selection of the latest products GOOD STUFF T and services for tree fruit and grape growers. New Zealand's Tow and Blow ow and Blow is a portable wind machine developed in New Zealand by engineer Kim McAulay. He used to import wind machines from the United States but designed his own portable machine to address some of the inefficiencies he experienced with the stationary versions. Wind machines had moved from having engines on top of the tower (accessed by a tall ladder) to being ground powered, but he found that having large diesel engines on the ground to power the fans used a lot of energy and the machines were expensive to maintain. He described it as "pushing water uphill." His portable machine has a 23-horse-power engine at the top of a seven-meter (23-foot) extendable tower and is mounted on a towable trailer. The shrouded impeller has eight one-meter (three-foot) blades and an adjustable rota- tion speed. The machine can protect up to 10 acres and uses five liters (1.3 gallons) of fuel per hour. A prototype won the innovation award at the 2012 Eastern Horticultural Field Days in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Prototypes are being tested, and McAulay hopes soon to begin mass production. buys nursery F Fall Creek all Creek Farm and Nursery, Inc., of Lowell, Oregon, has bought the assets of Pleasant Hill Nursery, Inc., in Pleasant Hill, Oregon. Fall Creek is a blueberry nursery and genetics company supplying nursery stock to commercial fruit growers, nurs- eries, wholesalers, and retailers world- wide. It is a pioneer in new variety development and blueberry research. Pleasant Hill Nursery is a 60-acre whole- sale and retail nursery. Both are family- owned businesses in their third decade of operation with a second generation involved in the management. Riel receives sales honors B ryan Riel of Burrows Tractor in Yakima, Washington, was named outstanding student when he graduated recently as an agriculture equipment consultant from the International Ag Univer- sity's three-year sales program. be installed sorter to Cherry C ompac Sorting Equipment of New Zealand and Van Doren Sales of Wenatchee, Washington, are planning to install one of the world's largest cherry sorters at Prima Frutta in Linden, Califor- nia, next year. The equipment will consist of a Compac small-fruit sorter with 36 lanes capable of grading 42,000 cherries per minute on the basis of color, surface blemishes, dimension, softness, and bruising. Van Doren Sales will provide the infeed and peripherals. 39" high Burrows Tractor Is the Only New Holland Certified PLM Dealer in the State of Washington Low profile • Fuel efficient • 60 mo. at 0% interest • 1,635-lb. 3-pt lift capacity Reliable 30- or 35-HP engine Ideal for weed spraying, mowing & binning out fruit. 51" wide *at top of fender T1510 LP & T1520 LP developed exclusively by Burrows Tractor Large Selection of Rental Returns 0% for 60 months or cash back* OFFER ENDS NOVEMBER 30, 2011 GOOD FRUIT GROWER NOVEMBER 2012 43 I saved thousands on my rental return at Burrows Tractor

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