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Labor & Irrigation

Featured stories about labor and irrigation appear in this issue.

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WSU team writes “best paper”
Washington State University Extension enologist Jim Harbertson and colleagues received an award for the 2009 Best Paper in Enology from the

Good to Go

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Cherry Variety Showcase July 8
The annual Cherry Variety Showcase will be held July 8 at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center in Benton Harbor.

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Cheaper, greener SHIPPING

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After crossing the Cascade Mountains, the Seattle-Chicago train can pick up another 15 rail cars in Quincy to carry Washington produce to Chicago.

A new direct

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Last Bite – Low-grade labels highly valued

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Labels of “cooker” grade or C grade apples were usually green, yellow, or white. Today, collectors will often pay more for these rarer labels.

The color

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NW questions cherry fruit fly quarantine

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The western cherry fruit fly has not been found in California’s cherry-growing districts.

State officials in Oregon and Washington say ­California’s quarantine requirements for the Western

Good Stuff

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Voliam label expansion
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has approved a label expansion for Voliam Xpress insectide, which allows its use on pome and stone

Quarantine alternative

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Dr. Wee Yee, entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Yakima, Washington, is conducting research to assess the likelihood of cherry fruit fly becoming

Good Point – Frank Gasperini, National Council of Agricultural Employers

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Fruit growers are challenged every season by weather, pests, and unpredictable input costs along with the need to compete with producers from other countries in

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The organized orchard

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Each tree is allowed to have only one limb on each wire, and the limb is headed halfway to the next tree to avoid overlapping

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Saving water and energy

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Pictured checking a new meter station are members of The Dalles Irrigation District’s Save Water Save Energy project planning team (from left): Tom Bailey, Tim

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New rules govern Michigan irrigators

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Last July, new rules in Michigan required most would-be irrigators to get permission to withdraw water either from groundwater using wells or from flowing streams

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Mulches can conserve water

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Research in the Pacific Northwest suggests that mulch placed in the tree row can cut a young apple tree’s water needs by more than 50

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Bringing the desert back

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Small plastic cage sleeves were used to protect the native seedlings from herbivores like rabbits.

Eastern Washington vineyards, with their scant rainfall and location in a

Foremen learn to supervise

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The Washington Farm Bureau, through Dan Fazio, sponsored a couple of two-day foreman training seminars, one in Mt. Vernon, the other in Pasco. Topics covered

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The instant orchard

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Dale Goldy explains how large branches are removed and upright branches tied down to prevent competition with the central leader. This Honeycrisp block was planted

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Tracking labor costs

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This labor tracking program uses a scanning device to read a worker’s bar coded identification.

Technology has brought sophisticated pest management computer models, weather stations, irrigation

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Do you know your labor costs?

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Labor tracking programs help growers know their labor costs in near real-time, instead of after the pay period.

Specialty crop agriculture has unique aspects that make

Tracking prevents favoritism

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The real advantage that University of California’s ­Gregorio Billikopf sees from labor tracking programs is improvement in productivity by strengthening the quality control and evaluation

First Bite

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We’re excited to offer you, our print readers, something new, something interactive, and something, we hope, that will pique your interest, too. In April, we

In the Box

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Starting new trees
Dear Good Fruit Grower:

Kudos to you and Tim Smith for helping growers get their trees started right. Regarding your article “Getting trees off