The number of foreign guestworkers used to harvest Washington state crops jumped 37 percent this year from last. It’s indicative, sources say, of a continuing labor shortage.
The pre-harvest inventory of U.S. hops is significantly greater than a year ago, indicative of over
Cranberry harvest starts with growers unsure of how many of their berries will enter the marketplace
A labor dispute at a Quincy, Wash., orchard has been resolved with foreign guestworkers told they maybe rehired next year if they do good work but that there’s no guarantee.
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Growers are expected to harvest 70 million cartons this season, down from the 75 million produced in the 2016-17 season, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Selling wine in cans rather than traditional bottles is gaining in popularity.
Several U.S. senators are urging federal trade officials to take action to lower tariffs on pecan exports to India in hopes of helping growers in a number of pecan-producing states
Growers were already expecting a smaller crop this year before thunderstorms dropped as much as a half-inch of rain in some vineyards just as grapes were drying on the ground.
The anticipated 650,000-ton walnut crop in California is 5 percent smaller than last year’s, but the smaller nut set has led to larger sizes, according to a government report.
Smoke from wildfires in the Cascade Mountains has plagued apple and pear pickers in the Wenatchee Valley and elsewhere in Northcentral Washington for many days. It maybe benefitting fruit more than hurting, but is making pickers’ jobs harder.
A cold snap that brought temperatures as low as 23 degrees below zero has reduced the region’s fruit and grape crop. Apple and almond trees do best.
Triple-digit temperatures in California’s prime wine-producing regions have prompted vineyard owners to step up irrigation and pick some grapes more quickly.
A new pilot project in North Dakota aims to get past frequent finger-pointing between beekeepers and farmers over the decline in bee populations and get them to work together with scientists to reverse the trend