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Featured stories covering labor appear in this issue.

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Harvesting the light to drive production

May 9th, 2014|0 Comments

Fruit growers have gotten much better at it during the last 40 years.

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Potato chips and fine wines

May 8th, 2014|0 Comments

Tim’s famous Northwest snack helped establish this Walla Walla winery.

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A-Mazing new technology

May 7th, 2014|0 Comments

Novel spraying system is incorporated into a maze built of rows of apple trees.

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Destined for export: Understanding pesticide residue policy

May 6th, 2014|0 Comments

It is a large international regulatory body with inherent inertia.

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How much pheromone for codling moth?

May 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Researcher finds codling moths need much less perfume to disrupt their mating.

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Four decades of tree fruit discovery

May 2nd, 2014|0 Comments

The last 40 years have been fruitful generators of solid fruit tree knowledge.

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Opal apple verified as non-GMO

May 2nd, 2014|2 Comments

FirstFruits seeks to head off confusion with a GMO apple that might be approved.

Nematode management strategies

May 1st, 2014|0 Comments

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Preplant soil fumigation has long been an effective way to control nematodes, but fumigation in the future may be limited, says Dr. Inga Zasada, U.S.

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Rosenberger: Crops must be protected as well as bees

May 1st, 2014|0 Comments

Concerns about fungicides and bees.

Is fresh best?

May 1st, 2014|0 Comments

Study shows processed fruits and vegetables can be a good option.

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Growers make H-2A work

May 1st, 2014|1 Comment

Washington is the fourth largest employer of H-2A workers in the country after North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

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Nematode-resistant rootstocks available

April 30th, 2014|0 Comments

Improved rootstocks are available, though more field testing is needed.

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New approach needed for nematodes

April 29th, 2014|0 Comments

Avoid white varieties if planting in a site with root knot nematodes.

Labor shortage favors imports

April 29th, 2014|1 Comment

New study says a shortage of labor is hampering expansion of U.S. fruit production.

Michigan growers worry about labor

April 29th, 2014|1 Comment

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If nothing gets done to solve immigration issues this year, and, with it, assure a supply of domestic seasonal workers for agriculture, farmers will have

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Paying for rest time

April 29th, 2014|0 Comments

Paying a piece-rate equivalent for rest breaks helps keep workers productive and motivated, a labor specialist says.

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New clothing material may better protect workers

April 29th, 2014|2 Comments

Study looks at lightweight, Teflon-like material might have potential for protective clothing for pesticide applicators.

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Grower focuses on one variety, one market

April 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

If fruit doesn’t meet gift grade quality, it may be left on the tree.

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Kevin VerSnyder, Young Grower from Lake Leelanau, Michigan

April 23rd, 2014|1 Comment

Michagan grower talks about holding down a full-time job while operating his orchard.

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Evaluating technology for orchard use

April 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

New orchard technologies must be compatible with high production, said grower Jerry Haak.