“The goal was to check these out and just allow the disease to run rampant at our site in East Lansing – which is far away from most commercial orchards.”
“Let the diseases run and then see where we are with the susceptibilities.”
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Conditions may be improving slightly for the fruit growing community, based on responses to a labor survey conducted by Fruit Growers News, but 40 percent of respondents still experienced severe worker shortages in 2017.
Most continue to search for labor solutions to meet their crop production goals.
“Instead of carrying dozens of folders, and looking up all of the information, it’s all at our fingertips here on the iPad.
“Having all of that information there has just been so important to us in developing the apple and doing what we say is the best for the apple to get the best performance.”
An investment in year-round staff and expansion is paying off for Blake Farms in Armada, Michigan.
“We’ve been extremely happy with the results through the winter,” co-owner Andrew Blake said.
“In the last three years, we have seen explosive growth with the industry reaching over $3 billion in sales worldwide.
“North America is still the dominant market.”
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