Vegetables

Smartphone test detects late blight

New technology developed by North Carolina State University researchers could allow farmers to cost-effectively test for plant diseases — such as late blight — right in the field using only a smartphone and a small... more »

Processing tomato production forecast down

The USDA forecasts California’s processing tomato production to be below last year’s. The USDA’s contracted production for California processing tomatoes is forecast at 11.5 million tons, averaging 49.8 tons per acre, according to a press... more »

California berries at China’s first Costco opening

When China’s first Costco warehouse club opened this week in Shanghai, fresh strawberries from California Giant Berry Farms were among the offerings displayed. Costco opened the doors to... more »

Cornell’s Michael Rosato studies soil’s sulfur content

Michael Rosato is a graduate student studying under the guidance of Steve Reiners, professor and chair of the horticulture section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. What drew you to the program with Steve Reiners?... more »

Action, empathy urged for stressed growers

Headlines for years have repeatedly announced crisis levels of farm stress, but a surplus of spring rain in some U.S. regions has made this season particularly concerning. In the Midwest, growers have had less time... more »

Chuck Obern, a curious cultivator, is Florida Farmer of the Year

Curiosity pulled Charles “Chuck” Obern from a family garden north of Pittsburgh to a minimum-wage nursery job on the East Coast. It pulled him to an agriculture degree and 10 acres in Florida. Today, he’s... more »

Vegetable pathology professor receives Excellence in Extension Award

Beth Gugino, professor of vegetable pathology in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received this year’s Excellence in Extension Award presented by the American Phytopathological Society. This year’s meeting,... more »

FDA releases December Yuma Romaine tests

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found almost no Salmonella or Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in commercial coolers in Yuma Arizona in tests conducted months after it linked an outbreak of foodborne illness to Romaine lettuce... more »


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