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Irrigation, Labor

Featured stories about irrigation and labor appear in this issue.

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DNA test identifies pathogens in tainted foods

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Fruit or vegetable packers concerned that their produce may be contaminated with unsafe pathogens will soon have a simple screening method they can use to

Stinkbug watch

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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 across

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Are Washington Merlots Sideways?

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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 spotlighting

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Watch other crops for labor trends

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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 wise

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Leafroller challenges cherry growers

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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 ­harvest—or risk

Few alternatives to H-2A program

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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 viable

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Contain root growth

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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 acre).

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MCP alternative tested

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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 and

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Snow apple of Quebec

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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, are

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WSU releases promising apple

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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 discussing new

Merlot’s place in Washington

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

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Clinic can diagnose crop ailments

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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 University’s

Pests sneak into U.K.

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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 stinkbugs

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Housing helps attract workers

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Mike Gempler (facing camera) tours Sage Bluff housing project.
GERALDINE WARNER

Housing—be it state-subsidized tent programs, onsite grower-owned, or public housing built for seasonal agricultural workers—is an

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Irrigating cherry orchards efficiently

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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 and the

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H-2A basics

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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 growers

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Eye-to-eye with consumers

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

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From pie to health food

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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 springs

USA Farmers seek reform

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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 situation

Aiming for efficiency

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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 Kelowna,

Underground drip irrigation serves two purposes

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Water is plentiful in the fruit-growing area along Lake Michigan’s eastern shore, so it’s not scarcity that’s an issue. The problem is with some water

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New York apple growers on alert for strep-resistant fireblight

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Dead terminal shoots on apple trees caused by infection by fireblight bacteria.
COURTESY OF KERIK COX

Apple growers in New York State were not granted the Section

Seasonal workers essential but costly

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Having to rely on migrant labor has never been an easy game for fruit growers in British Columbia, Canada.

While a highly mobile work force—usually students

Tallying the costs

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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 under