Food safety concerns with recycling used produce containers 

Despite seeming to make economic and ecological sense, there are potential issues that make reusing single-use fruit and vegetable boxes and bins for other produce sales a food safety risk. For a small or mid-sized... more »

Tomato juice from Florida variety a hit in taste tests

Florida-grown tomatoes – particularly the UF/IFAS-bred Garden Gem – pack a tasty punch for tomato juice, new University of Florida research shows. By and large, the biggest market for Florida tomatoes remains food services. They’re not generally... more »

Fall pest scouting important for Arkansas strawberries

A majority of the state’s strawberries are in the ground and growing, but some growers may have more mites to contend with than in years past. “In some areas of the state, we’ve had very... more »

Startup in NY Finger Lakes works on voice-to-data app for growers

Georgia-based software startup AgVoice – a 2019 Grow-NY finalist – announced plans recently to establish a headquarters office in New York’s Finger Lakes region, citing unparalleled resources offered by Cornell AgriTech and the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture (COE), both in... more »

Why ladybugs love leafy greens

Most predators obtain a balanced diet from their prey, but Cornell researchers recently discovered that in the case of aphid-eating ladybugs, the rule doesn’t apply. That’s because a diet consisting solely of aphids lacks an... more »

Raising pumpkins in hues from orange to blue

It’s the time of year when folks flock to pumpkin patches, farmers' markets and roadside stands in search of natural decorations for their porches and homes. And there’s an assortment of pumpkins to choose from,... more »

Splice-grafting watermelon plants can help with disease resistance

A new study from Washington State University’s Department of Horticulture found that splice grafting helps watermelons resist disease. For more than 10 years, watermelon growers in Washington’s Columbia Basin have been struggling with a disease... more »

Preharvest sanitizing spray examined for produce food safety

When vegetable farmers harvest crops, they often rely on postharvest washing to reduce any foodborne pathogens, but a new University of Georgia study shows promise in reducing these pathogens — as well as lowering labor... more »

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