The historic Publick House located on the Sturbridge town green in Sturbridge, MA was the site of the Greenhouse Management and Production Meeting for 2017 presented by the UMass Extension Service. Tina Smith acted a moderator for the event which began with a presentation by Dr. Ryan Dickson from the University of New Hampshire. Dickson reviewed how light, temperature, and relative humidity affect plant growth in greenhouses. [Read more…]
It may be mid-winter, but caterpillars were the topic of a December grower meeting held in North Scituate, RI. The event was held at Knight Farm Café and was sponsored by the University of Rhode Island’s Risk Management and Crop Insurance program. [Read more…]
by Katie Navarra
Each year Cucurbit Downy Mildew (CDM) causes severe yield loss in northeast pumpkin, squash, melon and cucumber crops. Understanding the origin of the pathogen and the conditions that encourage its spread can help farmers better prepare for and contain the spread of CDM in their fields. [Read more…]
Resolutions swirl around us at this time of year. We resolve to pay more attention to our businesses by setting goals and planning how we will meet them. We make lists, calculate budgets, strategize marketing objectives, and, if all else fails, cross our fingers.
It is difficult to predict what will happen in the months ahead, but in the present there is one tool which helps clarify the path and may even suggest how we need to proceed. Starting by looking back may seem like traveling in the wrong direction, but outlining where you started and describing the journey can lead to some interesting and perhaps surprising insights. [Read more…]
I have a friend who just landed a very impressive job at one of the biggest companies in the country. I won’t name the business, but trust me — it’s a place that is a very big deal, that could set my friend up for life. He’ll have everything: a starting salary that is more than I’ll make by the time I retire, every benefit you can imagine (and some you could make up), an enviable 401K package, paid parental leave, even extra perks like a paid gym membership and daily meals provided. [Read more…]