Honeycrisp Storage a Growing Challenge as Supplies Increase

As more and more Honeycrisp apples are planted and growers strive to profit from the boundless consumer demand for this crunchy, juicy apple, the marketing pattern will likely change. There’ll be more Honeycrisp to sell... more »

Industry invests dollars to allay labor fears

Over the last three years, the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has invested $670,000 to back the research efforts of one company: Vision Robotics of San Diego. That’s a lot of eggs to place in... more »

COOL Rules Aren’t Expected To Be a Burden on Growers

By all indications, Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL) rules covering produce will go into effect Sept. 30 – but there’s no need to panic, especially if you’re a grower. “I don’t expect this to be... more »

Thirty Days in July Could Open Door To New Future

George Bush’s “legacy” has become even more befuddling. Is he to be remembered as the president who vetoed a Farm Bill that has some really progressive new stuff in it? Or should he be remembered... more »

Franklin County Farmers may Have Difficult Time Finding Labor for Harvest

Farm owners are unsure whether they will have enough laborers to harvest their fruit and crops this year, as migrant labor is becoming harder to find due to stricter state and federal immigration policies. Public... more »

Orchard Controls Surrounding Space

According to his son, Art Jacobson came up with a brilliant way to check the urban development that was encroaching on his orchard: He bought the surrounding land and developed it himself. As Bill Jacobson... more »

Mechanical Thinning Brings Larger Peaches with Less Labor

Spring was slow to arrive in Adams County, Pa., this year, but eight growers had already lined up with Penn State Extension to use machines to thin their peaches when blossoms arrived several weeks later.... more »

Let’s Mechanize Our Way to a Better Future

The inscription on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty expresses well the ideals and, for some of us, the facts behind our citizenship in this country. They are the last words from the poem... more »

Emergency Relief Bill Might Take Heat off Growers and Workers

Fruit and vegetable growers who were hoping to get into the 2008 growing season with a greater sense of security about their seasonal labor supply did not get much encouragement from the Bush administration as... more »

Vineyard Hopes Labor Bears Fruit

Corky, Holy-Field Vineyard and Winery's mascot, flopped down and made himself comfortable in the dirt alongside about two dozen planting crew volunteers. Lawrence Journal-World more »

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