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Survey: California farmers turning to labor-saving crops, automation

Despite raising wages and increasing benefits, California farmers are failing to find enough people to pick fruits and vegetables and harvest other crops, and they are offsetting this labor shortage by changing to less labor-intensive... more »

Time for replanting old, disease and blueberry stem gall wasp infested blueberry fields

After several years of declining productivity and market uncertainties, some Michigan growers are taking action to turn their business around to improve farm profitability and maintain employment. One action already having an impact in west... more »

Washington state robotic pollination project one of 11 funded

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on April 24 announced $9.5 million awarded to 11 collaborative, multi-state projects to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops. The funding is made possible through the Specialty Crop Multi-State... more »

Western Growers backs call to eliminate specialty crop payment limits

In response to a bi-partisan congressional call to eliminate payment limits for specialty crop, livestock and dairy producers before the final Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) details are announced, Western Growers President & CEO Dave... more »

US agriculture groups urge federal government to address water concerns

A coalition of 150 organizations representing water and agricultural interests in the western U.S. urged Congress and President Trump on April 20 to address aging Western water infrastructure as further measures are considered to help... more »

Reaction: $2.7B in financial relief for specialty crops ‘inadequate’

It was announced April 17 that some $2.7 billion in financial support will be targeted to the fruit and vegetable industry in response to the overwhelming losses from the COVID-19 emergency. That support is divided... more »

Munckhof chooses partner to supply the controls for its Pluk-O-Trak

An adequate harvesting workforce and a speedy response to new customer requirements. These are the current challenges for businesses that grow fruit, nuts and olives. According to a news release, Munckhof Fruit Tech Innovators aims... more »

Preharvest fungicide from Sym-Agro ‘effectively manages postharvest diseases’

Sym-Agro’s Cinnerate broad-spectrum fungicide now gives high-value conventional and organic fruit growers a new tool to protect their fruit during shipping and storage. “Post-harvest fruit rot diseases present a significant challenge for growers, as most... more »

Blake’s Hard Cider producing hand sanitizer for healthcare outlets, public

Blake’s Hard Cider of Armada, Michigan, is the latest distillery to begin producing hand sanitizer to meet the increased demand and need. Starting April 8, the family-owned and operated craft cidery has outfitted its cannery... more »

Summit Agro USA has new website, touts Verdepryn insecticide, Timorex Act fungicide

Summit Agro USA has launched a new website designed from the ground up to be a solutions-centric tool for growers, dealers, consultants and PCAs. "We surveyed our customers and distribution partners about website resources. What we found was that these... more »

Current Issue

May 2022 issue of Fruit Growers News

IFG adds cherry focus to influence industry progression

Growers feel fertilizer, input cost crunch

Research station trees boosted by Michigan group

Grower, researcher look at the viability of FruitScout

Texas vineyard succeeds in hostile growing climate

Farm Market column: Project shows markets are essential businesses

Ag Labor Review column: Heat is on to keep protecting workers on the farm

Notes From the Farm column: Apparel upgrades, reader questions keep one busy

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