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Heirloom tomato growers benefit from new varieties

There was a time when heirloom tomatoes were typically associated with production, handling and shipping challenges that did not attract commercial growers.According to Jeanine Davis, North Carolina State University (NCSU) horticulturalist and Extension specialist, the... more »

Should vegetable growers worry about SWD, BMSB?

The dangers posed to fruit crops by invasive pests spotted wing drosophila (SWD) and brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) are pretty well known by now, but less well known are the dangers posed to vegetable... more »

Drip irrigation management leads to efficiencies

Vegetable growers in Florida are using plasticulture to improve water and nutrient management practices on more than 5,000 acres of production. And the effort is paying off, according to one Extension official familiar with the... more »

Mastronardi introduces Pepperco USA

Mastronardi Produce continues to expand its greenhouse operations in Coldwater, Michigan, as it claims the banner of being the largest greenhouse pepper company in North America.The Kingsville, Ontario-based company's latest greenhouse venture is Pepperco USA.... more »

Targeted breeding aids vegetable seeds

Meeting market demand in a more efficient and profitable manner could be accelerated for plant breeders, seed companies and commercial vegetable growers in the not too distant future.Working closely with the seed-growing community, and recognizing... more »

Tomato growers lose ‘takings’ lawsuit against FDA

A federal judge has ruled against tomato “growers, packers and shippers” in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The groups had sought federal reimbursement for damages after the FDA mistakenly named certain tomatoes as the likely... more »

EPA approves registration of Nimitz nematicide

Nimitz, a non-fumigant nematicide produced by Adama, has received federal registration from EPA.According to a company news release, the active ingredient in Nimitz has a mode of action that categorizes the product within a new... more »

Ohio’s Ackerman, industry booster, dies

George F. Ackerman, 83, of Oregon, Ohio died Aug. 23 at his home.Mr. Ackerman farmed with his two brothers until 1958. From that point on, he custom sprayed vegetable crops for local farmers and operated... more »

Minnesota farm focuses on local sales

Operating a diversified fruit and vegetable farm within view of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, has put Sekapp Orchard in prime position to draw retail followers from across the region.The farm is currently operated by Terrence (Fred)... more »

Company makes mark growing tomatoes under cover

Small tomatoes are the fastest-growing part of the tomato market in the United States. NatureSweet Tomatoes is doing its part to meet the rising demand.NatureSweet, based in San Antonio, owns and operates seven production facilities,... more »


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