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Labor, Equipment, Economics

Featured stories about labor, equipment and economics appear in this issue.

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  • Students tackle tree fruit issues

Students tackle tree fruit issues

  • April 1st, 2013

Two north central Washington high school students got their first lobbying experience when they participated in the annual Tree Fruit Day at the Washington [...]

What Tier 4 standards mean

  • April 1st, 2013

Fuel requirements. New engines will require ultra-low sulfur diesel that has no more than 15 parts per million of sulfur. (This fuel has been [...]

  • How integrated mite control works

How integrated mite control works

  • April 1st, 2013

One of the keys to integrated mite control was that the western predatory mite Typhlodromus occidentalis could effectively control spider mites under certain conditions. [...]

Tree fruit program revived

  • April 1st, 2013

Although Leo Garcia is best known in the tree fruit industry for championing education programs for Hispanic workers, he’s also been dedicated to enhancing [...]

  • Ladder falls top accident list

Ladder falls top accident list

  • April 1st, 2013

Farming is a dangerous occupation, which makes accident prevention even more important.

Farming is one of the four most dangerous of U.S. occupations, resulting in [...]

Another Geneva mixup

  • April 1st, 2013

For the second time in as many years, there has been a stumble along the road to bringing the new Geneva rootstock, G.214, to [...]

  • Positive trends for Bartletts

Positive trends for Bartletts

  • April 1st, 2013

The Pacific Northwest canned pear industry is in a good position now, based on inventory, pricing, demand, and import trends.

The positive outlook for the [...]

  • Good Job

Good Job

  • April 1st, 2013

IFTA presents awards
The International Fruit Tree Association gave recognition to fruit growers, researchers, and extension specialists during its annual meeting in Boston in [...]

  • High-tech nursery cuts propagation time

High-tech nursery cuts propagation time

  • April 1st, 2013

Pear rootstocks growing in the tissue culture lab.

A high-tech nursery based in Pullman, Washington, is propagating Washington State University’s new [...]

Start working on health care now

  • April 1st, 2013

Health care reform will add to employers’ costs and complicate their business when regulations take effect next year. But, attorney Sheldon Blumling says agricultural [...]

  • Thin, thin, THIN!

Thin, thin, THIN!

  • April 1st, 2013

Phil Schwallier

Thinning rules
In an article in Good Fruit Grower in 2009, Cornell University’s Dr. Terence Robinson laid out some general rules for fruit [...]

Are you over 50?

  • April 1st, 2013

To find out if you will be required to provide a health benefits plan for your employees starting January 1, you need to ­calculate [...]

  • An educator who teaches hope

An educator who teaches hope

  • April 1st, 2013

Leo Garcia has been honored for his dedication to helping ­Hispanic people in the tree fruit industry to reach their full potential through education.

Garcia, [...]

  • Simple rules

Simple rules

  • April 1st, 2013

A century ago, Ford Motor Company adopted the assembly line and began cranking out Model T cars that were as alike as peas in [...]

Last Bite: FruiTrivia

  • April 1st, 2013

1. An experimental Solid Set Canopy Delivery System is designed for:
a.    Applying pesticides
b.    Evaporative cooling
c.     Dispensing pheromones
d.    Irrigation
e.   [...]

  • Grape harvesters are going high-tech

Grape harvesters are going high-tech

  • April 1st, 2013

Mechanical harvesters have picked Washington State’s juice grapes and many of the state’s wine grapes for decades, though high-end wine grapes are still mostly [...]