Prune harvest methods, costs: Comparative study made on efficiency of various types of labor-saving equipment used in 1954 prune harvest season
Author AffiliationsArthur Shultis is Extension Economist, University of California, Berkeley.
Hilgardia 9(7):6-7. DOI:10.3733/ca.v009n07p6. July 1955.
Harvesting 400,000 tons of California's fresh prunes—to make about 160,000 tons of dried prunes—requires an estimated total of 195,000 man-weeks of labor. Peak labor requirement in early September is over 30,000 seasonal workers in addition to family and regular labor.
Also in this issue:Deciduous fruits: Trends and prospects as influenced by population and national income studied
FertiIized pastures: Legumes and perennial grasses respond to split-fertilization in range tests
Yellow clover aphid on alfalfa: Pest not ruinous to state's alfalfa industry but production costs increased by frequent field inspections and treatments
Biological control: Natural enemies of aphid in California sought in European, Mid-East countries
Chemical control: Insecticides when properly applied will give effective commercial control of pest
Resistant plants: Alfalfa variety resistant to aphid attack and adapted to desert areas planned
Effects of irrigation on the growth and yield of cotton: Amounts and timing of applications influence lint grade and staple length
Effects of irrigation on the growth and yield of cotton: Fruting, defoliation, lodging, boll opening related to available moisture
Combine used in corn: Two types of gathering attachments successful in harvesting trials in 1954
Field corn pickers: Tests indicate two operational factors have important effect on field losses
Hybrid corn trials: Effect of summer temperatures on corn maturity in Santa Barbara County
Morphological development of the fruit of Juglans regia