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Labor; Irrigation

Featured stories about labor and irrigation appear in this issue.

In the box

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Dear Good Fruit Grower: Orchardists should be concerned about woodpiles and orchard regrowth. A few years ago, there was an emphasis put on removing

PMTP surveys consultants

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>by Nadine Lehrer, Jay Brunner, Keith Granger, and Wendy Jones, WSU Washington apple growers are phasing out the use of Guthion (azinphos-methyl), in accordance with

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Good Point – R. Troy Peters

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Surfactants or soil wetters can help soils that repel water, but Washington State University’s Troy Peters found no benefits for normal, nonrepellent soils

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Learn new pest practices

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A tachinid fly stalks an obliquebanded leafroller larva. Tachinids are an important natural enemy of leafrollers in the Pacific Northwest. by

Keeping teens safe

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As schools empty for the summer, many teenagers find work in the tree fruit industry. Employers hiring adolescents now have a resource available to help

Protect your fruitlets

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Imagine a baby’s bottom exposed for the first time to the sun. That’s how a Washington State crop consultant thinks about apple fruitlets when they

Good Point – Frank Gasperini

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Since I joined the National Council of Agricultural Employers last September, the administration and Congress have changed dramatically. Change, in Washington, is always challenging and

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Igloos for orchards

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Shawn Mattoon of Intershelter, Inc., left, stands with Grant Nelson of the Association of Washington Businesses in front of dome housing assembled on

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Labor-saving thinner

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Karen Lewis is testing a mechanical thinner developed at the University of Bonn, Germany, with the help of intern Dennis Hehnen.

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Good Question – Grape Quality

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Washington State’s wine industry has built a solid reputation for producing premium wine, but there is always room for improvement.

Good Point – Dan Fazio

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At the beginning of every year, growers ask me, "What are the chances that we will get immigration reform this year?" My response: "What are

Stylizing wines in the vineyard

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Deficit irrigation is not just for controlling canopy size. A Washington State wine company sees potential in using deficit irrigation to "stylize" grapes in the

Critical water status times

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There are five periods during the growing season when growers using a deficit irrigation strategy need to pay close attention to the vine and soil

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Last Bite – A Sunday drive

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lthough every fruit box label has a story to tell, the tale of the Rosehill brand can almost be understood

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Managing vine stress

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The shoot tips in this Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard are missing, a sign that canopy growth stopped and the shoot tips were

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Irrigating to save money

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Withholding water from this Columbia Valley Merlot vineyard desiccated the basal leaves by mid-July, eliminating the need for leaf removal. Using

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Screen saves fish and money

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For more information check the Web sites: www.farmerscreen.org, www.fcasolutions.org, and www.rootofsustainability.org. The nonprofit Farmers Conservation Alliance, based in Hood River, Oregon,

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More worker housing

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North central Washington has more housing for migrant farmworkers this season, despite the closure of a 350-bed short-term tent camp

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Stone fruit thinning

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A drum shaker to thin off green fruit in soft fruit orchards is being tested in Pennsylvania. Mechanical thinning is