May 1st 2014 Issue

Growers make H-2A work

By |May 1st, 2014|

Washington is the fourth largest employer of H-2A workers in the country after North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Nematode-resistant rootstocks available

By |April 30th, 2014|

Improved rootstocks are available, though more field testing is needed.

New approach needed for nematodes

By |April 29th, 2014|

Avoid white varieties if planting in a site with root knot nematodes.

Labor shortage favors imports

By |April 29th, 2014|

New study says a shortage of labor is hampering expansion of U.S. fruit production.

Michigan growers worry about labor

By |April 29th, 2014|

If nothing gets done to solve immigration issues this year, and, with it, assure a supply of domestic seasonal [...]

Paying for rest time

By |April 29th, 2014|

Paying a piece-rate equivalent for rest breaks helps keep workers productive and motivated, a labor specialist says.

New clothing material may better protect workers

By |April 29th, 2014|

Study looks at lightweight, Teflon-like material might have potential for protective clothing for pesticide applicators.

Grower focuses on one variety, one market

By |April 23rd, 2014|

If fruit doesn’t meet gift grade quality, it may be left on the tree.

Kevin VerSnyder, Young Grower from Lake Leelanau, Michigan

By |April 23rd, 2014|

Michagan grower talks about holding down a full-time job while operating his orchard.

Evaluating technology for orchard use

By |April 23rd, 2014|

New orchard technologies must be compatible with high production, said grower Jerry Haak.