With the heat of summer fast approaching, many growers will have empty greenhouse space. Consider a novel way of using that space: adding value to herbs such as rosemary which can thrive in warm temperatures. [Read more…]
Lola Brennan was a pioneer of sorts when she planted fruit trees in the rich soil of the Palisade, CO region. “She was the first grower of dwarf Granny Smith apples in the valley,” said Lola’s daughter Susan Patton. “She bought land and worked with Colorado State extension service. [Read more…]
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
What does it take to be a successful, organic, reduced tillage farmer? What are the practices? What are the keys?
Cornell Small Farm Program recently teamed up with Michigan State University and the University of Maine to offer results of the latest research on reduced tillage for small-scale organic vegetable production in a series of webinars. [Read more…]
WILLSBORO, NY — The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has announced the results of 2016 vegetable research providing market growers with insight into the production challenges associated with the increasingly popular cherry-type tomatoes. The project report, which also includes data on labor efficiency, weed control, and brown leaf mold susceptibility, is posted online at www.nnyagdev.org . [Read more…]
A recent rainy day found Michelle Elston between flower fields and her office on her Carlisle, PA farm. “We’re planting almost every day here,” said Michelle, explaining one of the busiest times of year. [Read more…]
by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
Successful organic farming depends upon keeping pace with new development in research. But how useful is the research? How can researchers know that their efforts are helping organic farmers profit? Recently, e-Organic presented a webinar, “Taking Stock: Analyzing and Reporting Organic Research Investments, 2002-2014” to present their findings on the topic. [Read more…]
Anyone with a pesticide applicator’s license has heard it: the label is the law.
Tracy Harpster, Penn State extension educator, pesticide education program, says labels are not only the law but also include information about the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for that product. [Read more…]
MGIX 2018 set to take place Jan. 15–17 in Columbus, Ohio
The Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association (KNLA) will welcome its members to the 2018 Midwest Green Industry Experience in Columbus, Ohio, in lieu of holding the annual KNLA Spring Training and Showplace. [Read more…]
“The pesticide label is the law,” said Rick Yates, “and there’s no wiggle room there.” Yates, who is the GGSPro technical services manager for Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, has been providing technical support for greenhouse and nursery growers for nearly a quarter century. [Read more…]
WEST GREENWICH, RI — Implementation of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is imminent, and the Rhode Island Farm Bureau (RIFB) is working to mitigate its impact on local farmers.
FSMA was signed into law by President Obama in 2011, partly in response to outbreaks from contaminated produce. [Read more…]