Crop Management

Low-moisture food safety study gets MSU researcher $9.8M

Low-moisture foods, like cereals and flour, dried fruit and nuts, have been recalled repeatedly in the last few years, posing health risks to consumers and economic threats to businesses. Bradley Marks, professor and chair of... more »

Cold storage safety tips during COVID-19

What are cold storage operators doing to help mitigate risk of spreading COVID-19? • Disinfect equipment and frequently touched surfaces before shifts begin and after shifts are complete. “High-touch” surfaces include material handling equipment/forklifts, tables,... more »

Microgranular biostimulant in transplants to enhance growth and N uptake

Vegetable growers need high-quality transplants to ensure the success of their crops. Treating seedlings with protein hydrolysates and beneficial fungus has the potential to improve the health and quality of vegetable transplants via various biostimulant... more »

Mucci Farms adding US-based facilities in Michigan and Texas

Canadian greenhouse grower Mucci Farms has added two new U.S.-based facilities in Romulus, Michigan, and San Antonio, Texas. According to a news release, furthering its rapid expansion efforts over the last several years, the company... more »

USDA proposes changes in handling requirements for Florida tomatoes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing changes to the handling requirements under the federal marketing order for tomatoes grown in Florida. The Florida Tomato Committee recommended the changes to bring previously exempt Roma tomatoes... more »

Specialty crop projects receive grant funding in Idaho

Interest in the Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s annual specialty crop program was up considerably this year compared with last year. ISDA has announced it will award a total of $1.8 million this year to... more »

Participants sought for Cornell indoor farm survey

A Cornell University team is leading a new project  to investigate how controlled environment agriculture compares to conventional field agriculture in terms of energy, carbon and water footprints, profitability, workforce development and scalability. Strategic FEW... more »

Raised beds on fine-textured soils impact marketability

Young growers without a lot of land may not have many choices on where to grow vegetables and may even try to grow carrots on fine-textured soils. Can growing the carrots in raised beds improve... more »


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