Labor, Equipment, Economics
Featured stories about labor, equipment and economics appear in this issue.
An example of an older tractor without modern-day features of a rollover protection structure (now mandatory) and an enclosed cab to protect workers during [...]
Two north central Washington high school students got their first lobbying experience when they participated in the annual Tree Fruit Day at the Washington [...]
This trunk scrubber of the vMech system is used by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to control suckers. The device looks similar to a weed [...]
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 [...]
At year’s end, when costs of all the grapevine tasks are added up, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’s Mike Means calculates that the company saves [...]
One of the keys to integrated mite control was that the western predatory mite Typhlodromus occidentalis could effectively control spider mites under certain conditions. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
IFTA presents awards
The International Fruit Tree Association gave recognition to fruit growers, researchers, and extension specialists during its annual meeting in Boston in [...]
Washington State University entomologist Dr. Stan Hoyt developed integrated mite control in the late 1960s (see “How integrated mite control works”).
Over the last four [...]
Pear rootstocks growing in the tissue culture lab.
PHOTOS BY GERALDINE WARNER
A high-tech nursery based in Pullman, Washington, is propagating Washington State University’s new [...]
Health care reform will add to employers’ costs and complicate their business when regulations take effect next year. But, attorney Sheldon Blumling says agricultural [...]
In an article in Good Fruit Grower in 2009, Cornell University’s Dr. Terence Robinson laid out some general rules for fruit [...]
Left: A Merlot grapevine shows redleaf symptoms on mature leaves in the lower portions of the canopy. Symptoms are easily confused with grapevine leafroll [...]
To find out if you will be required to provide a health benefits plan for your employees starting January 1, you need to calculate [...]
Leo Garcia has been honored for his dedication to helping Hispanic people in the tree fruit industry to reach their full potential through education.
Devout Christians will tell you God works in mysterious ways.
So, perhaps it was divine intervention that two teenagers from the Yakima Valley in Washington [...]
A century ago, Ford Motor Company adopted the assembly line and began cranking out Model T cars that were as alike as peas in [...]
1. An experimental Solid Set Canopy Delivery System is designed for:
a. Applying pesticides
b. Evaporative cooling
c. Dispensing pheromones
Clean diesel technology has been making its way off the highways and into farms and fields and other off-road uses since the 1990s. For [...]
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 [...]