Equipment

Processing tomato production at a record high

Contracted production for California processing tomatoes is forecast at 14.5 million tons, averaging 49.5 tons per acre. The current forecasted production is 4% above the 2014 crop, and 1% above the May forecast.Harvest started the... more »

Better tomato nutrition for improved packouts

Producing the greatest quantity of the highest quality tomatoes (peppers too) requires careful attention to production details.Packable tomato yields of 20-plus pounds per plant are readily attainable by growers willing to focus on production details.... more »

Plant overwintering onions now

As the market demand for more locally grown produce harvested year-round increases, onions are a crop that seems to be receiving a great deal of attention. Season extension and overwintering techniques utilizing plasticulture technology can... more »

Mississippi grower awarded for on-farm activities

Mississippi vegetable grower Allen Eubanks was recently selected as his state's winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award. He was nominated by Patricia Knight of Mississippi State University's Coastal Research... more »

Ground truthing technology utilizes sensors to determine crop trends

Agriculture today has transformed into a high-tech enterprise that most 20th century farmers might barely recognize.Alex Thomasson, professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University, said it was only 100 years ago that... more »

Late blight confirmed in Pennsylvania

Today late blight was confirmed in a commercial tomato field in Berks County, Pennsylvania near Fleetwood. This is only the third county that late blight has been confirmed in Pennsylvania so far this season. A... more »

Watermelon diseases a problem for Georgia farmers

Disease in south Georgia's watermelons was again a problem this year for farmers.Georgia producers were impacted by fusarium wilt as well as some gummy stem blight this growing season, according to University of Georgia Cooperative... more »

Calcium-related disorder impacts Georgia’s bell pepper production

Georgia's bell pepper farmers experienced a setback in production this spring. According to University of Georgia vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong, some Georgia growers experienced losses of up to 25 percent due to blossom end rot... more »

NatureFresh Farms mobile greenhouse tour educating consumers

Now in its third month of touring eastern North America, NatureFresh Farms' #GreenInTheCity Tour is making a positive impact with its mobile greenhouse on both sides of the border. After touring through New York, Ohio,... more »

USDA: Improving the safety of leafy greens

Food safety is a top priority for consumers, especially when it comes to the leafy greens in salads. Researchers at the University of Arizona have discovered natural methods to sanitize these vegetables using ingredients commonly... more »

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