Trellised trees in this Pink Lady orchard in Yakima County are easier for workers to pick than the old bigger trees. These apples are being picked in November, at the tail end of the harvest at the orchards of grower Aaron Clark.
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Trellised trees in this Pink Lady orchard in Yakima County are easier for workers to pick than the old bigger trees. These apples are being picked in November, at the tail end of the harvest at the orchards of grower Aaron Clark. (Hal Bernton / The Seattle Times)
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How trellises are transforming Washington’s apple orchards

In an effort to get bigger per-acre yields of high-quality apples from trees that are easier to pick, some growers are turning to smaller trees that bear more fruit and are attached to trellises. It could pave the way for mechanical pickers. VIEW

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