Crop Management

Q&A with ‘The Lean Farm’ author Ben Hartman

How lean farming works at Clay Bottom Farm Ben Hartman wrote a book about lean farming, but first he had to work to implement those principles at his own farm. Doing more with less meant getting r... more

Low tunnels show good results for strawberries

June-bearing (short-day) strawberries are a high-value crop, but their brief harvest season severely limits the window of opportunity for making a profit. At... more

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Enza’s new bell pepper, Eazyleaf varieties hold promise for farmers

The biggest challenge processors and growers face when it comes to growing bell peppers and other row crops, like lettuce, is producing high-yielding ... more »

Pumpkin production up

Pumpkins belong to the cucurbitaceae family, which also includes cucumbers, squash, gourds, cantaloupes and watermelons. They grow best on soils with ... more »

What is your soil’s cation exchange capacity?

What is your CEC? Don't take this as a personal question, but it is an important soil characteristic growers need to know and understand. CEC is short... more »

Soil … it’s more than dirt

Soil is a living, breathing organism that, when properly managed, is a farm's best defense against an environmental disaster and a farm's best offense... more »

Penn State helps build Philadelphia high tunnels

The Department of Horticulture at Penn State University and Philadelphia County Cooperative Extension, through funding supplied by two USDA Specialty ... more »

Stink bug continues to bedevil growers

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has dramatically impacted the fruit and vegetable industry, and as it continues to spread, so do fears that there is... more »

Do you need tissue and petiole sap testing?

Getting high yields, excellent quality and long shelf life out of tomatoes and peppers requires intimate knowledge of soil nutrient levels, plant tiss... more »

Vegetable growers have a lot to learn at the 2011 EXPO

Vegetable growers have a lot to learn at the 2011 EXPOThis year's Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO will offer a variety of educationa... more »

Philadelphia welcomes new produce market

The Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (PWPM) opened the doors of a new state-of-the-art facility April 3.
The original market had been aroun... more »

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