Vegetables

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

‘Luck,’ patience yield new Pueblo chile variety

A new variety of Pueblo Mirasol chile pepper with fleshier fruit for grilling has been developed in Colorado, where it’s growing in popularity. Michael Bar... more

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Farmers Seek to Sell Skinnier Asparagus

Washington asparagus growers used to scoff at the thin, scrawny asparagus that South American growers would pack and ship to U.S. groceries and restau... more »

Tomato Growers See Bright Spot

California processing-tomato growers, after suffering years of low prices and two consecutive seasons of crop-damaging weather, find their prospects a... more »

UI Study Finds Two Vegetables Team Up on Cancer

Broccoli and tomatoes have shown cancer-fighting qualities in a number of studies, but a new University of Illinois study indicates that they work eve... more »

Temporary Setback Due To Freeze Can Be Beneficial To Strawberry Production

The chilling temperatures haven't put the damper on California's year-round crop of strawberries, although the industry is experiencing a temporary se... more »

Specialty Growers Preparing for Insect Battle

The combination of a mild winter, the corn earworm's possible development of resistance to insecticide, and the spread of aphids in Illinois could pre... more »

Produce companies announce merger

Heeren Brothers and J.A. Besteman Co. announced Oct. 9 that they plan to merge, creating one of the largest family-owned produce wholesalers in Michig... more »

Downy Mildew Outbreaks Require Sprays for Control

“All growers of vine crops in Michigan should be spraying for control of downy mildew,” said Mary Hausbeck, vegetable disease specialist a... more »

Michigan industry looks at 59-cent asparagus price

By Dick Lehnert, Assistant Editor

Honee Bear Canning Co., Lawton, Mich., announced March 10 that it will sign contracts to buy Michigan a... more »

Asparagus Growers Threaten to Help Sink Andean Trade Agreement

By Dick Lehnert, Assistant Editor

"It is our goal to sink the Andean Free Trade Agreement,” said Alan Schreiber, administrator of t... more »

Fresh Vegetable Harvested Acreage Up 2 Percent

The prospective area for harvest of 11 selected fresh-market vegetables during the winter quarter is forecast at 183,900 acres, according to USDA's Na... more »


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