The success of fruit production hinges heavily on employee availability. When the fruit is ready, it must be picked. Sager Farms, a long-time, family-owned orchard in southern Illinois, found itself in a troublesome predicament this past fall ahead of the apple harvest.
Global hunger numbers rose to around 828 million people in 2021, according to the latest edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World from the United Nations. That’s 46 million more people from a year earlier and 150 million more from 2019.
Winter is a great time for orchard owners and fruit tree gardeners to reflect on how their trees are doing and to create a plan for the coming growing season.