Labor, other crops jeopardize supplies

08/02/2013 09:40:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Minor said he wasn’t sure of the percentage, but said growers this spring experienced worker shortages.

That caused growers during the latter part of the deal to stop picking crops based on market values, becoming more selective and moving to higher quality fruit, he said.

Minor agrees the shortages are requiring growers to become better forecasters.

“This fall, the first thing we will have to think about is how much labor we will have,” Minor said.

“Not only how much labor you will have, but how dependable it will be and will have to consider the possibility it could be delayed in arriving.”

Growers of all crops are being more cautious and aren’t planting as many acres as they did when they had more abundant labor.

And the threat of fewer workers could harm acreage.

dohlemeier@thepacker.com

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