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Spray guide offers tree row volume spraying tips

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The 2015 New Jersey Commercial Tree Fruit Production Guide devotes six pages to the subject of applying sprays according to the volume of the tree canopy per acre.

The guide generally follows the rules developed by

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Matching the spray to the tree

As canopy volume has decreased, growers would like to use less pesticide.

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Ambrosia restrictions to end

By 2019, Ambrosia will be an open variety in both the United States and Canada. But it won’t do well in all locations, growers are warned.

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Many WAFLA workers cleared to cross border

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(Updated June 18)
Nearly 200 workers who were designated for cherry harvest in Washington have been granted visa wavers by the U.S. State Department, Washington Farm Labor Association (WAFLA) says.

A software problem, which plagued the entire

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Organic exemption expected soon

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon introduce a rule exempting organic growers from paying mandatory promotion assessments to federal marketing orders.

This will mean, for example, that organic pears will no longer be subject to

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Broetje Orchards to pay $2.25 million fine for hiring illegal immigrants

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Broetje Orchards of Washington State, one of the country’s largest apple growers, has agreed to pay a $2.25 million fine for hiring illegal immigrants. The fine is one of the largest ever levied against an

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Oregon Cherry Growers co-op positioned for growth

Cooperative is focused on expanding value-added products.

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China’s ag agency says yes to all varieties of U.S. apples

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that China’s agriculture regulatory agency has allowed access for all U.S. apple varieties, according to a news release today from Northwest Fruit Exporters.

Phytosanitary certificates for export will be available after

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Cherries harvested as berries

A Utah researcher joins others who want to change how cherries are grown and harvested.

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Fixing H-2A

Agricultural Employers new president Fred Leitz sees it as top priority.

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Get ready for H-2A paperwork

H-2A has its faults, but it’s not about to go away.

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Who needs health coverage?

Seasonal workers, including guest workers, might qualify.

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New way with H-2A

Organizations work out ways to make H-2A labor program more user-friendly.

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Making workers take breaks is not always easy

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Attorneys advise growers to ensure their workers take rest breaks so they don’t fall foul of state and federal regulations. But workers don’t always want to stop work, particularly if they’re being paid piece rate.

By

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New farm-worker housing opens

The Cashmere, Washington, facility can house 200 people.

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Sharing workers saves costs

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Small growers who can’t justify the high costs of employing foreign guest workers through the H-2A program can reduce the financial burden by sharing workers with other growers.

Growers employing H-2A workers must pay all attorney

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H-2A is doable – with help

Get the housing and transportation parts right, growers advise.

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Make sure workers are happy

Supervisors must treat them with dignity and respect.

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Growers League opens farmworker housing

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U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse took the opportunity to visit the new Brender Creek seasonal farmworker housing complex in Cashmere while in Washington State this week.

The Washington Growers League, a non-profit organization based in Yakima, held

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Lowering injuries by reducing ladder work

The shift to pedestrian orchards gives workers a safer footing.

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Dealing with DACA

Programs allow undocumented workers to defer deportation, but present pitfalls for employers.

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Child care could expand labor pool

Providing child care could allow women to work more hours.

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Litigation lurks

Attorneys are looking for opportunities to sue, says a grower who’s spent years fighting a frivolous lawsuit.

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Labor flow changes direction

Changes in Mexico are reducing the pool of workers available to U.S. growers.

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Wine wastewater permits are coming

Final rules for Washington State wineries expected by next spring.

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Automated pruning with robotics

Robots can follow pruning rules as well as humans, but a key was writing the rules.

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Arctic apple Q&A: Expect more GMO apples in the pipeline

Okanagan Specialty Fruits plans to submit more GMO apple varieties for deregulation within the year.

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Few bees in vineyards

Grape pest practices in Washington aren’t harming bees.

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Growers urged to join stewardship project

Agriculture in Washington has not been affected by growth management regulations—yet.

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Health Canada approves Arctic apples for growth and sale

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Health Canada has approved two varieties of Arctic apples, Arctic Granny Smith and Arctic Golden Delicious, for growth and sale in Canada.
The announcement was made on the Health Canada website five weeks after deregulation was

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Judge blisters EEOC for "frivolous" case against growers

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A federal judge has issued a blistering critique of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying the agency had brought a lawsuit against growers that was “baseless, unreasonable and frivolous.”

The decision on March 18 by U.S.

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Washington governor declares drought in three regions

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a drought emergency for three areas of the state, setting in motion money, temporary permitting and other relief for those affected by water conditions.

According to the Associated Press, the

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Fine growth regulator receives EPA approval

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Fine Americas, Inc., has received a Section 3 registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the plant growth regulator Kudos (prohexadione calcium) for use on apples, sweet cherries, and other crops.

The product is designed

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Bees as flying doctors

Honeybees deliver brown rot control to sweet cherry orchards.

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What should growers do before the piece rate ruling?

Attorneys suggest how to protect yourself from being sued.

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Millions of dollars at stake in piece-rate case

Workers and employers can attend Washington State Supreme Court hearing in Toppenish on payment for rest breaks.

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DeVaney: Why telling our story matters

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By Jon DeVaney

While not yet ratified, an agreement on a new contract for West Coast port workers has been reached, ending four months of work slow-downs and temporary closures that have severely harmed our industry

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Why telling our story matters: Good Point

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By Jon DeVaney

While not yet ratified, an agreement on a new contract for West Coast port workers has been reached, ending four months of work slow-downs and temporary closures that have severely harmed our industry

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Search continues for stinkbug predators

Will brown marmorated stinkbug take hold in desert climates?

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Make the most of biocontrol

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Beneficial insects and mites can play a role in controlling key orchard pests if they’re not exposed to harmful pesticides. Dr. David Biddinger, entomologist with Pennsylvania State University in Biglerville, explains how to take advantage

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Let us (not) spray

Entomologists test alternative ways of applying plant protection materials to trees.

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Crab apple pruning demos

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Two pruning demonstrations have been scheduled this month to help orchardists understand how to prune Manchurian crab apple trees in order to be eligible to export apples to China.

The Chinese apple market, closed between 2012

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Ag job fairs planned in Eastern Washington

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Agricultural job fairs have been announced for three communities in Eastern Washington centered on educating Spanish speaking workers about employment programs in the state. The job fairs will take place in Bridgeport, Yakima and Kennewick,

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SWD research continues

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Great progress has been made in the last five years in learning about spotted wing drosophila, but much more is needed, says a Washington State University entomologist.

Dr. Betsy Beers of WSU checked off a list

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Fryhover: USDA’s Arctic apple decision means differentiation and education will be imperative

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The recent approval by USDA of the Arctic apple brands wasn’t unforeseen by our industry. We have been preparing for months knowing that approval was coming.

Washington and other U.S. apple-producing states have provided comments and

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Corr: Was USDA’s GMO decision a black cat crossing America’s orchards?

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To hear some critics tell it, the government’s decision Friday the 13th to deregulate a GMO apple was bad luck for growers and consumers. You could almost see the black cat crossing America’s orchards.

The U.S.

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Sign up for free pesticide disposal

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Washington growers looking to safely dispose of unwanted pesticides for free need to contact the Washington State Department of Agriculture before February 27, 2015, to be included. Last year WSDA collected and disposed of more

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Worker education is a priority at Klipsun Vineyards

Lots of eyes in the vineyard help Julia Kock stay on top of things.

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Hands-on winemaking: Owen Roe

O’Reilly’s minimalist approach to winemaking is labor intensive.

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China agrees to accept all varieties of U.S. apples

The reciprocal agreement will allow China to ship apples into the United States.

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