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Irrigation, Labor

Featured stories about irrigation and labor appear in this issue.

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  • Contain root growth

Contain root growth

  • April 1st, 2012

Four-year-old Packham trees on Winter Nelis rootstock planted 22.5 cm (9 inches) apart on Open Tatura (9,876 trees per hectare, or 4,000 trees per [...]

  • Snow apple of Quebec

Snow apple of Quebec

  • April 1st, 2012

Fameuse vary in appearance from a fiery, solid-red to striped-red-over-green skin with bright white flesh sometimes streaked with crimson. The fragrance and taste, however, [...]

Tallying the costs

  • April 1st, 2012

Tree fruit growers in British Columbia’s Okanagan ­Valley typically require about 3,300 seasonal workers annually. But working with foreign migrants who come to Canada [...]

Merlot’s place in Washington

  • April 1st, 2012

Merlot grapes have had a strong presence in Washington State since 1956 when the late Dr. Walter Clore brought cuttings into the state, according [...]

Stinkbug watch

  • April 1st, 2012

Entomologists in New York State developed a clever way of keeping an eye out for inroads by the brown marmorated stinkbug. It’s been found [...]

Pests sneak into U.K.

  • April 1st, 2012

Two new pests—the brown marmorated stinkbug and spotted wing drosophila—have snuck into the United Kingdom but are not yet established there.

Two adult brown marmorated [...]

  • Watch other crops for labor trends

Watch other crops for labor trends

  • April 1st, 2012

Eastern Washington State is the world’s fastest-growing region for blueberry production.

Tree fruit growers anxious about the labor market in the coming season would be [...]

  • Irrigating cherry orchards efficiently

Irrigating cherry orchards efficiently

  • April 1st, 2012

Lapins fruit quality was excellent in all three years of the deficit irrigation study.
Todd Einhorn

A significant portion of sweet cherry acreage throughout California [...]

Few alternatives to H-2A program

  • April 1st, 2012

Tom Roach outlined labor options at a recent Washington Growers League meeting.

Growers worried about securing a work force for the coming year have few [...]

  • Eye-to-eye with consumers

Eye-to-eye with consumers

  • April 1st, 2012

The bin porch offers customers a wide choice, and they can buy any mixture at a fixed price for a full bag. On this [...]

  • MCP alternative tested

MCP alternative tested

  • April 1st, 2012

Amit Dhingra’s research shows that the new product delays ripening differently than MCP.

An organic compound that has the potential to enhance storability of pears [...]

  • From pie to health food

From pie to health food

  • April 1st, 2012

New, healthy products include dried cherries and tart cherry juice.

If you hear the words, “tart cherries,” and a nice oozy red, lattice-topped cherry pie [...]

  • WSU releases promising apple

WSU releases promising apple

  • April 1st, 2012

WSU’s newest variety, WA 38, is a cross of Enterprise and Honeycrisp.
Geraldine Warner

Washington State University has released a third apple ­variety and is [...]

USA Farmers seek reform

  • April 1st, 2012

Chalmers Carr III doesn’t expect Congressional action on farm labor and immigration issues before the fall elections this year, and he hopes the labor [...]

  • Clinic can diagnose crop ailments

Clinic can diagnose crop ailments

  • April 1st, 2012

Karen Ward runs WSU’s Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic.

If you find strange rots or spots on your fruit trees or some mysterious ailment, Washington State [...]

Aiming for efficiency

  • April 1st, 2012

Almost $3 million in government funding earmarked for packing house improvements was announced January 27 at the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association’s annual convention at [...]

  • Housing helps attract workers

Housing helps attract workers

  • April 1st, 2012

Housing—be it state-subsidized tent programs, onsite grower-owned, or public housing built for seasonal agricultural workers—is an attractive employment benefit that can help secure workers. [...]

  • Are Washington Merlots Sideways?

Are Washington Merlots Sideways?

  • April 1st, 2012

Harold Thoreen of Antoine Creek Vineyard near Chelan, Washington, son Colin, and Harold’s wife Suzanne Haggard taste Northwest Merlot wines during an educational session [...]

  • H-2A basics

H-2A basics

  • April 1st, 2012

Lucio Machado picks Golden Delicious in a Wenatchee, Washington, orchard.

Fear of a repeat of last fall’s labor shortage in the Pacific Northwest has many [...]

  • Leafroller challenges cherry growers

Leafroller challenges cherry growers

  • April 1st, 2012

Obliquebanded leafroller larva
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture

Tart cherry growers need to use a modern, effective insecticide to control obliquebanded leafroller about two weeks before [...]