Project Description

Labor; Irrigation

Featured stories about labor and irrigation appear in this issue.

Stylizing wines in the vineyard

  • June 1st, 2009

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

Critical water status times

  • June 1st, 2009

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

In the box

  • June 1st, 2009

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

  • Managing vine stress

Managing vine stress

  • June 1st, 2009

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

  • Good Point – R. Troy Peters

Good Point – R. Troy Peters

  • June 1st, 2009

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

  • Irrigating to save money

Irrigating to save money

  • June 1st, 2009

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

Keeping teens safe

  • June 1st, 2009

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

  • Screen saves fish and money

Screen saves fish and money

  • June 1st, 2009

For more information check the Web sites:,, and The nonprofit Farmers Conservation Alliance, based in Hood River, [...]

Good Point – Frank Gasperini

  • June 1st, 2009

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

  • More worker housing

More worker housing

  • June 1st, 2009

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

  • Igloos for orchards

Igloos for orchards

  • June 1st, 2009

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

  • Stone fruit thinning

Stone fruit thinning

  • June 1st, 2009

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

  • Labor-saving thinner

Labor-saving thinner

  • June 1st, 2009

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

PMTP surveys consultants

  • June 1st, 2009

>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 [...]

  • Learn new pest practices

Learn new pest practices

  • June 1st, 2009

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

Good Point – Dan Fazio

  • June 1st, 2009

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

Protect your fruitlets

  • June 1st, 2009

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 [...]