National Geographic : 1903 Dec
t From George C. Husmann, U. S. Department of Agriculture Picking Raisin Grapes in California It takes from 3 to 4 pounds of grapes to make one pound of raisins. Frequently it rains enough inNovember tocause considerable damage to partially dried raisins and grapes. It is then that the Japanese laborers watch the predictions of the Weather Bureau, and when rain is indicated ask as high as 50 and 75 cents an hour for turning and covering the trays -4 of raisins that are out in the vineyards. So familiar has this practice become that the school children who are large I enough get excused from school for the work. In fact, the labor question is one of the most serious problems the growers have to contend with. The Chinese and Japanese laborers (especially the Japanese) control the situation, and make from $2 to $3.50 and even as high as $4 per day picking grapes. $2 to $3.50 and even as high as $4 per day picking grapes.