Not Just Smashing Grapes: Technology That’s Taking Viticulture to the Next Level

July 20, 2020 / Comments Off on Not Just Smashing Grapes: Technology That’s Taking Viticulture to the Next Level
Glass of wine in front of a field

When you imagine the process of creating wine in your mind, you probably think of toga-wearing ancient Greeks grinding grapes beneath their toes (or maybe a certain viral video featuring an unfortunate newscaster if you’re of a younger generation). But the reality is that viticulture has advanced just as far […]

Variable Rate Fertilizer and Other High-Tech Precision Agriculture Methods

July 15, 2020 / 1 Comment
Tractors plowing a field in low light

Farming technology grows by leaps and bounds every year, and if you keep up with our blog you’re probably familiar with a good number of the newest innovations to hit the agricultural world. But one of the most important ones is known as precision agriculture, and it’s vital that any […]

Little Growing Tools That Improve Your Gardening In A Big Way

July 11, 2020 / Comments Off on Little Growing Tools That Improve Your Gardening In A Big Way
Three gardening tools hanging on hooks on a brick wall.

Gardening can be a very rewarding hobby — it gets you out enjoying the sunshine, exercise, friendship, and relaxation, and comes with a prize of handpicked produce and flowers for the table. Having the right growing tools can make all the difference between pure frustration and gardening with ease. Read […]

Our Guide: How to Capitalize On The Avocado Craze

July 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Our Guide: How to Capitalize On The Avocado Craze
A group of ripe green Hass avocados hanging from a tree.

Once upon a time, the Mesoamerican avocado (from Nahuatl āhuacatl) was an exotic treat, with few people in North America being acquainted with the creamy, pear-shaped fruit. Today, avocado has become a delicious and nutrient-dense staple in the American diet. Due to the tropical origins of avocado and its need […]

How New Technology Can Help Sustainable Growing

June 19, 2020 / Comments Off on How New Technology Can Help Sustainable Growing
Hand picking sprouts in container

If you’ve spent any time patronizing Fruit Growers Supply Co., or ever taken a look at some of our other blog posts, you already know that we’re big on sustainability. While carbon emissions and other environmental problems might grow by the day, there are also lots of ways to make […]

Using Drones on Your Farm

June 19, 2020 / Comments Off on Using Drones on Your Farm
Man in wheat field holding drone

Drones aren’t just for the battlefield anymore: you’ve probably seen them whizzing around the park or outside a friend’s backyard, and they’re becoming an increasingly popular option for taking care of everyday farming tasks as well. But what exactly is drone farming good for anyway, and what are some of […]

Best Apps For Growers & Farmers

June 19, 2020 / Comments Off on Best Apps For Growers & Farmers
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“Precision agriculture” is a term that is being used a lot in the growing industry recently and reflects the desire to become efficient and strategic rather than use a hit-and-miss approach. One way that growers are optimizing their workflow and making their site visits much more efficient is by using […]

To Till Or Not To Till? No Tilling Tactics For Soil Health

June 19, 2020 / 1 Comment
A productive green field in the mountains

Tilling and plowing is nothing new. In fact, plowing with oxen dates back to at least 3000 B.C.E. However, this ancient technique has also been a major contributor to topsoil erosion, moisture loss, and the impoverishment of soil life and soil structure in general. If geomorphologist and author David Montgomery […]

Antique Farming Equipment We’re Glad We Don’t Have To Use Anymore

June 19, 2020 / Comments Off on Antique Farming Equipment We’re Glad We Don’t Have To Use Anymore
A room containing an assortment of vintage farm equipment

The large range of tractors and tractor attachments that you find in the garages of modern farms is the standard inventory for twenty-first-century growers. However, before the industrial revolution of the mid-1700s, fruit growers and agriculturalists relied on antique farm equipment to help them get the job done. Join us […]

What Exactly Makes Fruit And Vegetables Organic?

May 20, 2020 / Comments Off on What Exactly Makes Fruit And Vegetables Organic?
A close-up view of blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries

Customer demand for clean, organic produce is growing, along with an awareness of the health and environmental effects of synthetic chemicals in the supply chain. In the U.S., the United States Department of Agriculture has standards and regulations that determine what makes fruit and other produce “organic.” Knowing about the […]