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Legislative outlook shifts for ag employers

  • December 1st, 2010

There is great concern and interest in what the outcome of the midterm elections means for agricultural employers.  We know there will be both opportunities and real concerns with the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives relative to issues such as immigration, AgJOBS, foreign trade, and farm [...]

  • Orchards designed for efficient harvest

Orchards designed for efficient harvest

  • December 1st, 2010

Michael Zingler stands next to a planting of SweeTango in its third leaf and describes the reasoning behind the design of the orchard: Efficient use of harvest labor.

Western New York apple grower Michael Zingler likes his harvest system well enough to design his orchards to fit it.

“This is kind [...]

Fruit region is electric vehicle hub

  • December 1st, 2010

The days of 30-cents-per-gallon gasoline are long gone, but new electric vehicles can run on the equivalent of that in areas of the country where power rates are low.

North central Washington State, with its cheap hydropower and emerging wind and solar projects, has become a hub for efforts to [...]

  • Use glyphosate  with caution

Use glyphosate with caution

  • September 1st, 2010

This stunted apple tree, which has a large basal canker, is in an orchard where the grower used glyphosate alone three to four times a year to control weeds. Cuts on the margin of the canker show healthy green tissue.

Growers often express concern that a herbicide program using glyphosate [...]

  • Symptoms of glyphosate damage

Symptoms of glyphosate damage

  • September 1st, 2010

Young trees can show injury after glyphosate application the previous year. One symptom of glyphosate damage is small spindly leaves that look like zinc deficiency. Shoot tips die so you get clustered growth.

Micronutrient (and often some macronutrient) deficiency
Low vigor, slow growth, stunting
Leaf chlorosis (yellowing), complete or between [...]

  • Farmworker housing opens in Othello

Farmworker housing opens in Othello

  • August 1st, 2010

The Othello Housing Authority’s new Lugar Seguro (Safe Place) housing development has 19 units designed to accommodate 96 farm­workers and family members. Each unit has two or three bedrooms, a bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen. The development has an on-site ­manager.

The Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing, in Yakima, [...]

Answers to food safety questions

  • August 1st, 2010

The Center for Produce Safety held its first produce research symposium in June to review projects it has sponsored.

Chris Schlect, president of the Northwest Horticultural Council and a member of the CPS’s advisory board, said the research is designed to answer real-world questions that will help the produce industry [...]

Classified Ads

  • August 1st, 2010

EMPLOYMENT AVAILABLE
Washington State University (WSU) Extension invites applications for an Area Extension Educator (E2 or E3) in Tree Fruit Horticulture.  This is a twelve-month, tenure-track faculty position and located in Yakima County Washington. Required: Master’s Degree in horticulture, agricultural science, or closely related discipline. Strong academic training or [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • August 1st, 2010

Owners change at Burrows Tractor
John Riel, who joined Burrows Tractor Company in Yakima, Washington, 32 years ago as a general helper, has bought the company.

Riel started work there after graduating from high school. He became a mechanic in the service department, was promoted to service manager, and transitioned [...]

  • Pox-resistant plum registered

Pox-resistant plum registered

  • July 1st, 2010

The HoneySweet plum is sweet and flavorful and highly resistant to the plum pox virus.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced its conditional registration of a plum pox virus resistance gene contained in a new plum variety called HoneySweet.

Dr. Ralph Scorza, research horticulturist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s [...]

Antibiotic on organic sunset list

  • July 1st, 2010

Organic tree fruit growers in the Pacific Northwest are concerned that the National Organic Standards Board might drop its approval of the antibiotic Mycoshield (oxytetracycline or tetracycline) for organic production in 2012. The product is used to manage fireblight in apples and pears.

The NOSB has a list of more [...]

In My View – Chris Schlect

  • July 1st, 2010

The continued availability of agricultural chemicals used to protect crops from ­harmful pests and diseases is jeopardized from many angles. Costs rise as a result of intensive testing and regulatory requirements imposed by government on chemical manufacturers and formulators; environmental activists fly to court to seek bans on usage; [...]