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(Yakima Herald Republic)   WSU scientists test systems to make cherry picking more efficient, reduce dependence on human labor or Pac-Men. In UFO system, "trees are planted at a 45-degree angle and the trunk is trained along a low wire.... The system creates a wall of fruit"   (yakimaherald.com) divider line 16
    More: Strange, Washington State University, trees, UFO, Marc Cherry, cherries, farm bills, wires, fruits  
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2013-01-13 12:15:23 PM  
But what will the illegals do for work?
 
2013-01-13 12:30:13 PM  

HempHead: But what will the illegals do for work?


My dishes
 
2013-01-13 12:37:06 PM  

HempHead: But what will the illegals do for work?


Spin the spinner that comes with the board.
 
2013-01-13 12:50:34 PM  
"Wall of Fruit" = Phil Spector producing the Village People.
 
2013-01-13 01:01:27 PM  
If only there were some way that they could have shown us photos.
Photos of the trees. Photos of the trees with fruit.

/good jorb on photos of people standing around in the winter
 
2013-01-13 01:35:12 PM  
In UFO system, "trees are planted at a 45-degree angle and the trunk is trained along a low wire.... The system creates a wall of fruit"

People have been doing that for years with Cannabis plants. An old time grower taught me that trick 3 decades ago. If you've got the room(normally outdoors) it works like a charm.
 
2013-01-13 01:51:21 PM  
It's called espalier and it's been done for centuries in one way or another.

//What was once old is new again...
 
2013-01-13 02:01:48 PM  

meat0918: It's called espalier and it's been done for centuries in one way or another.

//What was once old is new again...


I was about to say... Isn't that called "espalier"?  I used to have dreams of making little mini-walled beds in my garden with espaliered dwarf fruit trees.
 
2013-01-13 02:18:22 PM  
Stuff like this is the only thing that university excels at.

/Former student at WSU
//Stupidity there burns
///Fark them in the ear
 
2013-01-13 03:47:02 PM  
Kind of like the "sea of green" closet weed-growing technique.
 
2013-01-13 04:52:08 PM  
Wow, Supercroping and growth training. How innovative. Wonder how many tax dollars it took to figure this one out.
 
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2013-01-13 05:16:47 PM  

Kell Hound: Stuff like this is the only thing that university excels at.


Not only is the idea not new it's been around for at least 20 years.
 
2013-01-13 05:49:57 PM  
Having helped my old lab harvest cherries from a research plot... it's bloody hard. Really bloody hard. The experienced migrant pickers at the crop station must have thought we were total idiots flailing around on ladders all day.

/csb
 
2013-01-13 06:11:53 PM  
The angle of the dangle is inversely proportional to the root of the fruit.
 
2013-01-13 06:41:08 PM  
Yay Yakima!

/hometown
 
2013-01-13 10:15:08 PM  
Now if we could only figure out how to deploy this robot technology amongst all crop growers, the illegal immigrants will finally experience the pang of progress the auto industry felt 20 years ago.
 
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