Irrigation of vegetable crops has a history driven by the reality that water is a finite resource. Emphasis on having the proper amount of water continues to increase.
It’s no secret that water is a must for produce processing plants. Whether the source is rural or municipal, the water must be filtered and tested to be safe,... more
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For many vegetable crops, three- to five-year rotations are ideal. Rotations provide a "time out," during which disease spores, insects and nematodes ... more »
Production of fruit and vegetables in high tunnels is growing rapidly, with new growers and new crops finding their comfort zone under those plastic r... more »
It was the first week of summer and already it was too hot. Too hot for peas, anyway, and too hot for the harvest schedule that had been set up at pla... more »
California's Imperial Valley grew, in about 100 years, from a barren desert to the winter salad bowl of America after farmers found the Colorado River... more »
Kent Karnemaat was just a lad in grade school when his father, Al, decided he'd worked for other farmers long enough and bought his own farm. Now, 30... more »
Corn mazes have caught on like wildfire, an analogy that strikes fear in the hearts of maze operators – and fire marshals – across the cou... more »
The threat of offshore fresh asparagus imports is bringing North American asparagus growers closer together. There are tentative plans to cooperate on... more »
It wasn't Jane Gordon Fletcher's fault she got rich. Over the years since her birth in 1901, the value of the family farm near Malvern, Penn., just ke... more »
Growers with higher-return crops should switch to drip irrigation, an irrigation expert advised.
"There are so many advantages to using drip irr... more »
For 30 years, Peter Barton was a commercial apple grower with 200 acres of apples. "It was easier then," he said. "We were properly equipped, our mind... more »