Too much water can be bad for strawberries

Water is usually a relatively inexpensive input in fruit production, and many producers have the luxury of supplying more water than is really necessary to obtain a full crop. This is particularly true in the... more »

How do you replace methyl bromide?

Methyl bromide has worked wonders for Florida strawberry growers over the years, eliminating a broad spectrum of pests in a fairly straightforward manner. Stricter environmental controls and an international agreement have slowly phased out use... more »

Reusing plastic helps Fancy Farms

Carl Grooms chose the name Fancy Farms on a whim.Strawberries are one of the neatest crops you can grow. Everything around them should be fancy to accommodate that. It makes the farm look nice for... more »

Florida strawberry experiments conserve water

Several strawberry experiments at the University of Florida's Gulf Coast Research & Education Center in Wimauma, Fla., are finding ways to preserve water.Bielinski Santos, a vegetable and small fruit horticulturist, described some of the experiments... more »

Strawberry genome may lead to cheaper berries

Farmers have long struggled with getting ripe strawberries to market in good shape, but scientists say the recent mapping of the wild strawberry's genome may help them produce berries that are cheaper and easier to... more »

Machine makes it easier to pick strawberries

Some strawberry growers in southeastern Pennsylvania had a problem: The picking season in those parts lasts roughly four to six weeks, from mid-May until late June or so, and the strain of constantly bending over... more »

Get farm market advice from jolly old England

Do you feel you've run out of new ideas for your farm market? Have you been a regular on the U.S. and Canadian farm market bus tours, and in some ways feel like you aren't... more »

Grower’s machine cultivates soil

Over the years, John Shenk noticed something about his fellow strawberry growers, especially the younger ones: They're reluctant to make the leap to mechanization.They seem fine using a rototiller, but don't seem to appreciate the... more »

Farm replaces strawberries with pumpkins

When William Penn settled in Pennsylvania, he founded three counties in 1682, one of which was Chester County.Sugartown Strawberries is the vegetable branch of Willisbrook Farm, a 230-acre farm in Chester County. Willisbrook Farm has... more »

College, farm market merger still going strong

In spring 2009, Shady Brook Farm - a farm, market and garden center just north of Philadelphia - agreed to run Delaware Valley College's farm market.DelVal, as it's known, is in Doylestown, Pa. It started... more »

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