Plant diseases are caused by three categories of pathogens. Ranked in the order of prevalence, these disease-causing agents are: fungi, bacteria and viruses. [Read more…]
by Sanne Kure-Jensen
“A high tunnel is an irrigated desert,” opened Bruce Hoskins of the University of Maine. He continued by describing a common problem faced by high tunnel growers of salt and nutrient build-up in upper soil layers. Hoskins presented several ways to minimize build-ups and to mitigate problem sites in his workshop “High Tunnel Soil Management Updates” at the 2017 New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference. [Read more…]
Tomatoes are a big draw at farmers markets and every year, growers aim for a crop that delivers what customers want.
Lori Hoagland, of Purdue University, says that while the demand for organic produce is rising, growers face challenges in terms of meeting consumer expectations for produce that differs from produce grown for supermarkets. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
Peppers are highly susceptible to infection from Phytophthora capsici, a fungal-like pathogen, as are cucurbits such as watermelon, squash and cucumbers. The disease spreads rapidly in wet conditions, particularly if there is free moisture available, which allows the reproductive zoospores to swim to reach host plants and cause infection. While the fungus can also reproduce under drier conditions, infection of plants is slowed. [Read more…]
by Carl Cantaluppi
Maximizing tomato yield is a subject that many tomato growers would be eager to learn about, especially when increased yields can mean increased profits. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
It may be winter, but keeping cool should be on the mind of orchardists. Sunburn or sunscald on apples, pears, plums and other tree fruits causes changes internally, in the cells of the fruit, resulting in damage which goes deeper than any cosmetic symptoms. There are several types of sunburn conditions which impact fruits. The key to managing all of these is to keep fruits cool. [Read more…]
Has someone brought to your attention a situation, incident or problem related to your business? Perhaps it was a loose railing on a staircase, an obstruction or hole in the parking lot, or an employee who may have acted inappropriately? If someone has brought this type of information to you, now is the time to act, and act immediately. [Read more…]
Creating an agritourism destination isn’t all fun and games — though it’s certainly helpful to provide a huge variety of fun and games. Developing Long Acre Farms from a produce and crop farm to an agritourism site that draws visitors from hundreds of miles around has taken 25 years. [Read more…]
Winter is often welcomed for its slower pace. For many farmers, it is a time of reflection, whether it’s thinking about retirement, purchasing land or contemplating future land use. Land trusts are helping farmers across the country with these tough decisions. [Read more…]
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, 3:45 – 5 p.m.
Session organized by David Wolfe, Cornell University [Read more…]