Water

Researchers Study Fusarium Wilt in Watermelons

Fusarium wilt is a devastating disease for many crops, but is manageable if the affected crop is rotated out of the field for several years and replaced with a crop that isn't susceptible to the... more »

Tunnels Take Advantage of Off-season Markets

About 90 people went to a field day at North Carolina State University's Piedmont Research Station in May to see what researchers there have learned about growing strawberries under high tunnels. The field day audience... more »

Leader of Two Major Vegetable Councils Tackles Industry Issues

Dave Miedema has his hands full. The new president of the Michigan Vegetable Council also is the president of the Leafy Greens Council. Dave, 58, was named president of MVC in January. He can serve... more »

Tomatoes and Peppers Need Safe Handling

Tomatoes and peppers are under the food safety microscope, and growers need to do everything they can to keep the image clean. Leslie Bourquin, an associate professor at Michigan State University's Department of Food Science... more »

Early Tomatoes Come From Careful Nurturing

If you are shooting for the early tomato market, you'll plant an early variety, maybe 63 days. There is very little you can do to get that tomato ripe in less than 63 days –... more »

UK Asparagus Grower Extends His Season

Extending the season for fresh asparagus production in the United States would be of great benefit to the industry, from efficiencies of scale all the way to marketing. A United Kingdom grower has been experimenting... more »

Shifting Acreage, Consumer Demand Shape Seed Industry

Consumer-oriented traits like taste, size, shape, texture and color have been reshaping the vegetable seed industry for years, but recent shifts in acreage toward local markets or commodity crops have been at least as influential,... more »

There is Not Much Food in the Forest

It'll be 35 years next spring since I made my biggest haul ever collecting morel mushrooms. I remember because my oldest son, who just turned 35, was about nine months old and I was carrying... more »


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