Vegetables

Winter squash for extended sales pursued

Growers with CSAs, sales to schools and institutions, or restaurant customers should consider storing and marketing winter squash. Winter squash include a wide range of types including butternuts and neck pumpkins, acorns, spaghetti squash, buttercup... more »

Delayed fruit set and pumpkin development seen in 2020

Some pumpkin fields have seen a delay in fruit set due to high temperatures in late June and July in 2020. When set is delayed until August, the question is will the pumpkin develop and... more »

World’s largest carrot producer exploring sale

Grimmway Farms, headquartered in Bakersfield, California, may be up for sale. A statement issued by the company said, “exciting opportunities to better serve our customers and position the company for the future are being considered.”... more »

LGMA issues statement in response to FDA proposed traceability rule

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) issued the following statement Sept. 21 in response to the new FDA proposed traceability rule. "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today they are adding traceability requirements... more »

Arizona leafy greens’ group OK’s new water and field metrics

The Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (Arizona LGMA) Food Safety Committee announced approved new changes to the “Commodity Specific Food and Safety Guidelines for the Production and Harvest of Lettuce and Leafy Greens” as the... more »

Neopestalotiopsis fruit rot seen in Florida strawberries

There is a new disease that has been reported on strawberries, and it is causing substantial issues for the strawberry industry in Florida.  It is possible that our environment in Georgia is not conducive to... more »

Hort prof named to federal committee on minority growers

Elsa Sánchez, professor of horticultural systems management in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers. “USDA is excited to announce new... more »

Survey shows detailed traceability systems in place on leafy greens farms

A survey of member companies operating under the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement shows that producers are capable of quickly tracking product involved in an outbreak or recall. Under FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule, farms are... more »


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