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Labor, Irrigation

Featured stories about labor and irrigation appear in this issue.

Puffers save labor

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Pheromone-dispensing puffers, around for a decade, have an extensive reach in California where they are used for mating disruption in a variety of tree fruit

More housing at Broetje

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A general shortage of employees and increasing demand for housing has prompted the construction of a seasonal housing development at Broetje Orchards at Prescott, Washington.

Be prepared

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Food-safety incidents, like fires, are never planned or expected. But being prepared could mean the difference between containing an incident to be a minor inconvenience

Multiple tactics used against pest

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Bill Bleasdale of Tiger Weed Management designed and manufactured a new piece of equipment he calls the Tiger Clearwing Moth Sprayer to target

Fewer tested for cholinesterase

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During the four years since Washington State introduced its cholinesterase-testing program for farmworkers who handle certain pesticides, the number of people tested has been dropping.

B.C. battles apple borer

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From top to bottom: Adult apple clearwing moth on daisy; apple clearwing moth larva in bark chip; apple clearwing moth pupal case protruding from the

B.C. growers face metering

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Water meters could help British Columbia fruit growers better manage orchard irrigation, if a decade of experience in the South East Kelowna Irrigation District is

Late irrigation is good for grapes

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Shriveling grape berries on severely water-stressed vines mysteriously begin expanding again at veraison, even while the leaves are wilting. For years,

Two-year life cycle

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Wounds, such as this one caused by trellis wire, provide entry points for the apple clearwing moth. The flight of adult

Food-safety scrutiny

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Deciduous tree fruits are not considered high-risk commodities when it comes to food safety, but shippers in the Pacific Northwest are working together as the

Saving water

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Microdrip irrigation resulted in substantial water savings compared with microsprinkler methods in a seven-year, University of Idaho irrigation study on apples.Dr. Esmaeil Fallahi, tree fruit

Water stress leads to small fruit

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For many pear growers, irrigation seems like just a routine chore, but irrigation may be the single most important factor determining the size and quality

Good cherry crop still expected

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Unseasonably cold temperatures occurring at bloom time may have taken some of the shine off the Pacific Northwest cherry crop,

Cherry consumption grows

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Fresh cherries continue to create excitement in produce departments. Consumption of fresh cherries in the United States has increased 400 percent since 1995, from 0.3

Commit to cool

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Derk VanKonynenburg, center, shares cooling details. Evaporative cooling can help improve fruit quality, reduce tree stress, and promote return bloom, a

Good stuff

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Light Sensor Meter Spectrum Technologies, Inc., has introduced a Field Scout External Light Sensor Meter, for measuring ultraviolet light, quantum light, or solar radiation.

Quick Bites

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Prevar Releases Apple Variety Prevar Ltd., a company that commercializes new apple and pear varieties from the HortResearch breeding program in New Zealand, has

Good to go

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Training for a Recall The United Fresh Research and Education Foundation is accepting registrations for a course entitled "Training for a Recall, Communicating Under

Passage to India

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In India, 80 percent of apples are sold at roadside stands. Traders say Washington apples hold up well in such conditions because of

How to attract workers

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Growers hoping to recruit good workers need to invest in their work force, says Paul Baker, executive director of the New York Horticultural Society and

Investing in people

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Ensuring that workers are adequately housed is a priority at Orchard View Farms, a major cherry producer in The Dalles, Oregon. Vice President