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Results rise with adjuvants

Bread yeast shows potential for improving pesticide performance.

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Hedging to improve quality

A Washington grower-packer foresees multiple benefits from mechanical pruning.

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Safe product repels drosophila

Butyl anthranilate also deters egg laying by spotted wing drosophila flies.

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Developing tomorrow’s workforce

WSU is working with the tree fruit industry to address its increasing need for qualified employees.

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Ecofarm raises food awareness

People want to know where their food comes from and how it’s grown, says Washington grower Jim Baird.

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FairWeigh system for fair pay

WSU develops in-the-field weighing system for picking buckets.

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Magic water

Electrolyzed water is making waves in storage and packing house sanitation.

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Tips to work with rest break ruling

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Following the Washington Supreme Court’s July 16 ruling on Demetrio v. Sakuma, growers in the state are required to pay for rest breaks to piece rate workers immediately. Below are tips and recommendations on how

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WA Supreme Court: Pay farm workers for rest breaks

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The Washington Supreme Court today ruled that piece-rate workers must be paid separately for rest breaks.

The Yakima Herald Reports:
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Piece-rate farm workers must be paid separately for rest breaks, the state Supreme Court

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In The Box: Arctic answers

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Dear Good Fruit Grower,

We’d like to address a few points raised by Mike Willett of the Northwest Horticultural Council in his opinion piece about Arctic apples (“Why go Arctic?” Good Fruit Grower, May 15, 2015).

First,

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Drone ready to work in fruit

FAA approved Yamaha’s remote-controlled copter for agricultural use.

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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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