Timely Tasks To Do During Down Times Of Apple Harvest

Timely Tasks To Do During Down Times Of Apple Harvest

Apple harvest is a busy time, says Amy Irish-Brown, educator with Michigan State University Extension. However, if growers find themselves with time between pickings, she offers suggestions of orchard tasks that would be prudent to fill the time void.

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Here’s some suggestions for filling the gaps in harvest:

  • Catch up on tree training
  • Fall pruning of larger processing blocks
  • Irrigation system repairs
  • Ditch and fence row cleanup
  • Repairs
  • Fall weed control

“Before you assign jobs, go back to your H-2A contract and make sure you listed that task on the contract. You cannot ask H-2A workers to do tasks outside of what the contract states,” Irish-Brown writes. “Make a list of possible tasks to be included in a future H-2A contract – when you fill out the paperwork in February, these minor jobs don’t always come to mind, so take some notes now.”