Mechanical Harvest Cuts Costs and Need for Labor

Mechanically harvested fresh-market sweet cherries have already debuted, but the fact they haven’t made headline news testifies that some problems remain. Nobody’s complaining about quality. In fact, these cherries – harvested without stems – have... more »

Will farmers be forced to rely on H-2A labor?

Fruit and vegetable growers may find their seasonal labor shortage less severe this year than last – but watch out for 2009. There’s a “perfect storm” brewing. That’s the opinion of Dan Bremer, the owner... more »

Labor Audit a Nightmare Scenario for Farm Market

Abigail Jacobson didn’t want to spread doom and gloom, but she had a story to tell about Friday the 13th that would scare the pants off any farm marketer. Jacobson’s business, Westview Orchards & Cider... more »

Extension Losing Its Personal Touch in Pennsylvania

This is the seventh and final story in a series about the future of Extension. The image of the county Extension agent riding in a pickup all day, visiting local farmers and doling out general... more »

Q&A: Young Fruit Growers Optimistic About Future of Industry

The Fruit Growers News sought the opinions of young people from fruit-growing families who were considering entering the family business. What do they think about the future? Are there opportunities? Barriers? Here are what three... more »

Chicago Markets Drive Profitability at K&K Farms

Farmers must consider themselves fortunate when they see long lines of cars caught in snarled traffic on television – even around relatively small urban areas. Thank heavens they don’t have to commute to work! But... more »

Blueberries — Washington’s Blue Gold

Fingers flying, the pickers strip the last of this year's blueberries from bushes that are already flaming red from the turn of the season. And what a doozy it's been: another record-breaker for blueberries. The... more »

Migrant Workers Labor in Grape Harvest

A gust of wind blew through the vineyard and ripped netting from a harvester's grasp, then workers yelled to stop a tractor so they could secure the large, protective net over precious grapevines. Traverse City... more »

Apple growers want trees grown in two seasons

There’s a horse race of sorts going on in Washington apple orchards, and the two top horses are Allan Brothers and Auvil Fruit Company. The horses deny there’s a race, but the fans know better.... more »

Raker Shortage, Frost Threaten Blueberry Crop

A shortage of migrant farm workers and the threat of early frost have some of Downeast Maine's wild blueberry growers worried as this year's harvest winds down. The Ellsworth American more »

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