Cucumbers

Swanson pickles millions of cukes

A quart of dill pickles doesn't sit in the refrigerator very long in most households. "People have a natural craving for that salty, sour taste," said John Swanson. "Even kids love pickles. They're a great... more »

Brassicas Have Multiple Values As Cover Crops

For many vegetable crops, three- to five-year rotations are ideal. Rotations provide a "time out," during which disease spores, insects and nematodes decline because they are deprived of a host. The idle time can be... more »

Wholesale Apples Give Way to Variety, Agritainment

For 30 years, Peter Barton was a commercial apple grower with 200 acres of apples. "It was easier then," he said. "We were properly equipped, our minds were focused and we worked on a schedule."... more »

New Michigan Vegetable Council President Optimistic

Kent Karnemaat was just a lad in grade school when his father, Al, decided he'd worked for other farmers long enough and bought his own farm. Now, 30 years later, that farm has become one... more »

Growing GIANT Pumpkins

It must have been a big year for big pumpkins. Last fall, Jim Beauchemin, from Goffstown, N.H., had the largest pumpkin at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts. The entry, delivered by cargo net and forklift,... more »

Sweet Corn Farm Last To Grow Zellwood Variety

For years, Zellwood was the sweet corn capital of Florida, but now there's only one grower left. Long & Scott Farms has been the sole grower of Zellwood sweet corn since 1998, when the state... more »

Phase-Out Continues; Critical Use Exemptions Continue

An international environmental agreement that may be the most successful of its kind in human history – a model of cooperation and achievement – continues to beleaguer farmers, who are having problems meeting its idealistic... more »

Farm Labor Crisis Has Hidden Dimensions

When countries are ill-governed or divided into strident factions, their citizens often vote with their feet and leave. While the United States was forged in a melting pot made up of these dissatisfied ethnicities, and... more »

Pumpkin-Eating Dinosaur Draws Crowds

To attract fall customers, farm markets have come up with many creative uses for their pumpkins – such as stacking them, carving them or launching them in a catapult – but there's probably only one... more »


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