Labor, Equipment, Economics
Featured stories about labor, equipment and economics appear in this issue.
Mario Miranda Sazo urges growers to focus on efficiency.
PHOTO BY RICHARD LEHNERT
A century ago, Ford Motor Company adopted the assembly line and began [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
This trunk scrubber of the vMech system is used by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to control suckers. The device looks similar to a weed [...]
Left: A Merlot grapevine shows redleaf symptoms on mature leaves in the lower portions of the canopy. Symptoms are easily confused with grapevine leafroll [...]
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 [...]
Cheryl and Ralph Broetje says it’s time for growers to stand up for workers.
Devout Christians will tell you God works in mysterious ways.
So, perhaps [...]
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 [...]
1. An experimental Solid Set Canopy Delivery System is designed for:
a. Applying pesticides
b. Evaporative cooling
c. Dispensing pheromones
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 grape harvester, on display at an Italian equipment show, can sort fruit in the field for MOG (material other than grapes), inferior berries, [...]
IFTA presents awards
The International Fruit Tree Association gave recognition to fruit growers, researchers, and extension specialists during its annual meeting in Boston [...]
Senator Linda Evans Parlette is joined by Cashmere FFA students Heather Powell, left, and Danielle Morrison, right, during Tree Fruit Day in Olympia, Washington.
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 [...]
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 [...]
In an article in Good Fruit Grower in 2009, Cornell University’s Dr. Terence Robinson laid out some general rules for fruit [...]
One of the keys to integrated mite control was that the western predatory mite Typhlodromus occidentalis could effectively control spider mites under certain conditions. [...]
Leo Garcia, right, and Gonzalo Luna, graduate of the level one viticulture program a couple of years ago.
PHOTO BY MELISSA HANSEN
Leo Garcia has [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Researchers have analyzed pest control records from pear growers in Hood River, Oregon, as part of a project to place a value on biological [...]
Health care reform will add to employers’ costs and complicate their business when regulations take effect next year. But, attorney Sheldon Blumling says agricultural [...]
To find out if you will be required to provide a health benefits plan for your employees starting January 1, you need to calculate [...]