April 1st 2012 Issue

USA Farmers seek reform

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Chalmers Carr III doesn’t expect Congressional action on farm labor and immigration issues before the fall elections this year, [...]

Clinic can diagnose crop ailments

By |April 1st, 2012|

Karen Ward runs WSU’s Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic.

If you find strange rots or spots on your fruit trees or [...]

DNA test identifies pathogens in tainted foods

By |April 1st, 2012|

Fruit or vegetable packers concerned that their produce may be contaminated with unsafe pathogens will soon have a simple [...]

Aiming for efficiency

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Almost $3 million in government funding earmarked for packing house improvements was announced January 27 at the B.C. Fruit [...]

Housing helps attract workers

By |April 1st, 2012|

Mike Gempler (facing camera) tours Sage Bluff housing project.
GERALDINE WARNER

Housing—be it state-subsidized tent programs, onsite grower-owned, or public [...]

Are Washington Merlots Sideways?

By |April 1st, 2012|

Harold Thoreen of Antoine Creek Vineyard near Chelan, Washington, son Colin, and Harold’s wife Suzanne Haggard taste Northwest Merlot [...]

Underground drip irrigation serves two purposes

By |April 1st, 2012|

Water is plentiful in the fruit-growing area along Lake Michigan’s eastern shore, so it’s not scarcity that’s an issue. [...]

H-2A basics

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Lucio Machado picks Golden Delicious in a Wenatchee, Washington, orchard.

Fear of a repeat of last fall’s labor shortage in [...]

Leafroller challenges cherry growers

By |April 1st, 2012|

Obliquebanded leafroller larva
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture

Tart cherry growers need to use a modern, effective insecticide to control obliquebanded [...]

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    New York apple growers on alert for strep-resistant fireblight

New York apple growers on alert for strep-resistant fireblight

By |April 1st, 2012|

Dead terminal shoots on apple trees caused by infection by fireblight bacteria.
COURTESY OF KERIK COX

Apple growers in New [...]