January 1st 2012 Issue

Committee nominations

By |January 1st, 2012|

Nominations for board positions with several Pacific Northwest fruit industry groups will be held during upcoming horticultural meetings.
Cherry [...]

What changes will you make in 2012?

By |January 1st, 2012|

Many growers, particularly on the West Coast, didn’t have enough workers to pick their fruit last fall. The new [...]

Last Bite — A cherry with royal titles

By |January 1st, 2012|

The Napoleon cherry, a light, yellow-skinned variety, has been called different names through the centuries, several of them relating [...]

Prison worker experience was positive

By |January 1st, 2012|

Hiring prisoners to pick the tail end of their apple crop was a “last ditch” effort, but Scott McDougall [...]

Grape calculators revised

By |January 1st, 2012|

The online Northwest Grape Cost of Production Calculators, developed for wineries and vineyards, were recently updated to reflect today’s [...]

More rules proposed on child labor

By |January 1st, 2012|

Proposed new rules from the federal Department of Labor would further restrict the kind of work young people may [...]

Washington’s grape crop down in 2011

By |January 1st, 2012|

Concord yields varied widely last year, ranging from no crop to 20 tons per acre.
Suphasuk Pradubsuk

Washington State’s juice [...]

Georgia peach growers use H-2A

By |January 1st, 2012|

Peach growers were conspicuously absent from the list of fruit and vegetable producers who suffered crop losses when some [...]

Good Point — Labor outlook is poor

By |January 1st, 2012|

Frank Gasperini

Who would guess that, with unemployment at or just below double digits for three years, basic industries such [...]

H-2A is not for everyone

By |January 1st, 2012|

One of the biggest of the many problems with the H-2A foreign guest-worker program, from the grower’s point of [...]