orchards

Organic Fruit
5:08 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Northwest Growers Worry About Antibiotic Ban

The practice of spraying antibiotics on pear and apple orchards to treat fire blight will soon be banned.
Credit Anton Lefterov / Wikimedia Commons

For more than a decade, organic apple and pear growers could spray antibiotics on their orchards to treat a virulent disease known as fire blight. But that practice will soon be banned. Some Northwest growers worry without antibiotics in their arsenal, they may have to leave the organic business.

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Apple Picker Shortage
6:44 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Washingon's Massive Apple Crop Slow To Come Off Trees

Photo of apple picker.
Photo Credit: Anna King

Washington state apple growers are harvesting the second-largest crop in history, but it appears there won't be enough workers to get the fruit off the trees quickly enough. The bulk of the region’s fruit will be picked in the next few weeks. As Correspondent Anna King reports, the labor shortage comes as apple prices are high.

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