Apple harvest

agriculture
3:56 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

U.S. apple processors paying double for fruit

Early Fuji apples about to be picked at Chiawana Orchards near Pasco, Washington. Photo by Anna King

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 3:33 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – U.S. apple processors are paying nearly double what they did just two years ago to make sauce and juice.

Bad weather pummeled other apple growing regions of the world. And a worker shortage is slowing down the harvest in the Northwest.

Apple crops in New York, Michigan, Canada and Europe are down from bad weather. And China, the world’s largest apple producer, is keeping more fruit at home for its growing middle class. That means the price of processing-apples has gone up at least $100 a ton from just two years ago.

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Food
8:03 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Much Of Wash. Apple Crop In Danger Of Going Unpicked

Washington apple farmers may have a difficult time getting all of their fruit picked. File photo courtesy of the Washington Apple Commission

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 5:21 pm

PRESCOTT, Wash. -- Washington state apple farmers have the second largest crop in history but too few pickers to get it all in this harvest. A worker shortage means there won’t be enough people to get the fruit off the trees quickly enough.

Broetje Orchards in southeast Washington is one of the largest fruit growers in the world. Owners there put a plea out for more workers -- they're short 800 people.

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Agriculture
4:10 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Worker shortage may force apple growers to leave some fruit behind

Apples going in want of pickers in Washington state.
Andrea Parrish Flickr

Across the Northwest, apple growers are having a hard time bringing in their harvest because of a worker shortage. The result may mean certain lower-priced varieties of apples don’t get picked at all.

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