Pear industry in Oregon struggling

Oregon's pear industry is foundering under a litany of issues, ranging from immigration reform to increasing land prices. Full Story
Kulturkampf

Lakewood, NJ

#1 Aug 26, 2007
Note to self: don't by any pears

“Resistance is futile!”

Since: Apr 07

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#2 Aug 26, 2007
Get the prisoners out there to pick that fruit. PUT THEIR CRIMINAL ASSES TO WORK!

Since: May 07

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#3 Aug 26, 2007
Perhaps they should have been more innovative instead of relying on imported slave labor. From USA Today:

Blueberry farms turn to mechanical harvesters

Excerpt:

A decade ago, about 20% of Maine's 60,000 acres of blueberry fields were harvested by mechanical means. Today, it's about 80% as growers discover that it's cheaper to replace hand pickers with more efficient machinery.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-08-2...
Kulturkampf

Lakewood, NJ

#4 Aug 26, 2007
CitizenJane wrote:
.... Today, it's about 80% as growers discover that it's cheaper to replace hand pickers with more efficient machinery.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-08-2...
Those harvesters are specifically designed for blueberry picking. Pears and apples and such have to be pulled off the tree and onto a basket. The machines are practical because they replace manual raking.

Since: May 07

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#5 Aug 26, 2007
Kulturkampf wrote:
<quoted text>Those harvesters are specifically designed for blueberry picking. Pears and apples and such have to be pulled off the tree and onto a basket. The machines are practical because they replace manual raking.
Okay, fine. You got me on that one. I did more research on harvesting machinery for pears and apples. We're not there yet due to the fact that that type of equipment uses a shake and something or other method...I forgot already. Add to it the fact that not all of the fruit is ready for harvesting at the exact same time and we run into problems.
Score one for KK.

P.S. I don't need no stinkin' pears.
Mike Martino

Houston, TX

#6 Jul 10, 2008
I have 500 H-2-A work visas from people from mexico. They can pick and pack.We place people that are legal and we are responsible for all documentation. Call Mike Martino at mikem@mcsistaffing.com Don't get caught short handed. We bring them to you and we bring them back home.
Naturegrl

Hood River, OR

#7 Aug 3, 2008
Kulturkampf wrote:
Note to self: don't by any pears
It's Buy.

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