Good Fruit Grower

May 15

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6 MAY 15, 2014 GOOD FRUIT GROWER Robinson named Outstanding Extension Educator D r. Terence Robinson, a professor in the Cornell University Depart- ment of Horticulture, has been selected to receive the 2014 Amer- ican Society for Horticultural Science Outstanding Extension Educator Award. Robinson will receive the award at the ASHS annual conference in Orlando, Florida, at the opening session July 28. The award recognizes an educator who has made an outstanding and valuable contribution to horticultural science extension education for a period of ten or more years. Robinson is best known for his work developing the tall spindle system for apples and other fruits and for developing the carbohydrate model for predicting the best times and rates for thinning apples chemically. Postharvest physiologist heads Cornell extension D r. Chris Watkins, the Cornell Uni- versity postharvest physiologist who has maintained a research program on techniques that retain the quality of fruits and vegetables after harvest, has been named director of Cornell Cooperative Extension. His postharvest physiology program will be continuing, he said. "That's an expectation of administrators at Cornell University." The New Zealand native came to Cornell in 1994, after a decade working as a scientist in the postharvest science group of the Horticulture and Food Research Institute. He was pro- moted to full professor in 2004 and has served as associate director of Cornell extension since 2006. During his career, Watkins has written more than 200 peer-reviewed research articles and extension publications. He is an international expert on fruit ripening and storage. Watkins has mentored 18 graduate students, and he regularly hosts visiting scholars to collaborate and engage in postharvest research. "I conduct a postharvest science research program with a major focus on apple fruit," he says on his personal web page. "My research and extension activities are statewide and include development and conduct of harvest maturity management, postharvest handling, and storage technology from both basic and applied aspects." GOOD J OB Industry people in the news. Give your trees the nutrient solution that has repeatedly shown to improve both yield and quality of cherry crops. Caliper provides a unique combination of highly available plant nutrients. High in plant glycoproteins and providing plant nitrogen stabilization, Caliper improves plant chlorophyll production, especially in cool, wet conditions. This dry soluble micro-crystal formulation is easy to use, and can be applied in combination with existing foliar programs. To help improve fruit set and fruit size, contact your local Genesis Agri Products distributor for rates and timing. Genesis Agri-Products 2517 Old Town Road, Union Gap, WA 98903 Contact: Doug Anyan 509-949-9231 Distributed By: Because Size Matters. Terence Robinson Chris Watkins

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