Pay method affects vineyard pruner performance
Gregory E. Billikopf, Stanislaus County
Maxwell V. Norton, Merced County
California Agriculture 46(5):12-13. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v046n05p12.
Workers paid at a piece rate tend to prune more quickly, but the perceived quality of pruning may be slightly higher when workers are paid by the hour.
G. E. Billikopf is Area Labor Management Farm Advisor, Stanislaus County; M. V. Norton is Viticulture Farm Advisor, Merced County.
The authors are grateful to University of California Cooperative Extension viticulture specialists and advisors statewide who provided mailing lists and suggestions for the survey, and to the reviewers' helpful suggestions.
This study was partially supported by a grant from the University of California Farm Personnel Management Program.