Farm labor news
Farm labor news. July, 1946, pp. - PDF (1.6 MB)
Many canning factories are using foreian labor for other crops between the pea and corn harvest. Some of them have arranged with farmers in their communities to use this labor during the slack between pea and corn pack. At:the end of the pea pack, workers released from peas were sent to the cherry orchards in Door county. 1lost of the Barbadians and Bahaminns, however, were sent east in exchange for some Mexicans. Wisconsin has also received more Mexicans directly from Mexico who were loaned for the cherry harvest. We may be asked to keep some of the Mezicans for the fall crops end release Jnmiaicans to other states in their places. Radph Mitbyo, Rock county, reports that he h1a- not only had snore requests for farr.' heln durinF. the month of June, 1946, than in 1945, but also that he was better able to meet the g2reater ermand.. He prla-ced 825 different -routh in detasselin-; corn in Roch county, -nd at the sane time an aoditional. 123 doing other work. Earlier, he placed 144 boys and t;irls in strnrwberry harvest. ITAGE RATES Wage rates for hired farm workers in the United States were eight per cent higher on July 1 than they were ?. year ago, and the highest on record, reports the Bureau of Agricultural Economics. Since April 1, wage rates have risen 10 per cent, about double the usual increase during the on.arter. June rates were 331 per cent of the 1935-39 average for this date and 390 zer cent of the 1910- 1914 average. Wages for farm work have advanced ra.oidly since 1941, the report indicates. On Jul7- 1, 1941, daily wa-e rates w~ithout board averaged $1.98 com-nared with the present rate of $4.84.
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