Conserving hemp diversity

2021-09-28T09:02:16-05:00October 6, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

The quality of cultivars is getting better, according to Cornell’s Jacob Toth. They are seeing less males and less THC in the cannabinoid varieties. Growers learned about the best cultivars at this year’s Hemp Research Team Field Day. Photo by Courtney Llewellyn

by Courtney Llewellyn

By now, many growers know someone growing hemp or have considered looking into the crop themselves. CBD products have proliferated the market (more…)

A legacy of fun

2021-09-28T08:58:32-05:00October 6, 2021|Grower East|

Suzanne Stokoe and her parents Larry and Martha are continuing on the family farm tradition. Stokoe Farms dates back to 1812. Photo courtesy of Stokoe Farms

by Sally Colby

When Suzanne Stokoe left the family farm for college, she had no plans to return.

“I went to school for biology, worked at a research facility then became a veterinary technician,” said Suzanne. (more…)

Harvesting the best Brussels sprouts

2021-10-08T15:40:34-05:00October 6, 2021|Grower East|

Eating quality of Brussels sprouts improves after a light frost, and the plants will survive down to 20º F. Photo courtesy of Becky Sideman

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

“Brussels sprouts have become more popular in the last 10 years,” said University of New Hampshire (UNH) Extension Fruit and Vegetable Production Field Specialist Heather Bryant. (more…)

Record crowd for summer meeting

2021-09-28T08:48:14-05:00October 6, 2021|Grower East|

Gary Thomas, PCTGA summer meeting chair, estimates the growth of young trees on mounded rows. Photo by Sally Colby

by Sally Colby

If there was a perfect place to hold a Christmas tree summer meeting, it would be in a bucolic setting among rolling hills and neatly trimmed trees. (more…)

Bark doesn’t have to bite

2021-09-28T08:45:56-05:00October 6, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Southern bark substrate (left) vs. northern bark (right). The size difference doesn’t really matter – it’s the bark’s water holding capacity that’s important. Photo by Courtney Llewellyn

by Courtney Llewellyn

There are a lot of options out there when it comes to substrates: soil, first and foremost, but also sphagnum peat moss, coir, perlite, vermiculite and bark. (more…)

Fruit for all seasons

2021-09-03T10:58:47-05:00September 8, 2021|Grower East|

John Bzdil at Dries Orchards grows a lot – strawberries, blackberries, cherries, peaches, nectarines, pears, grapes and apples. Photo by Sally Colby

by Sally Colby

When Ken and Mary Jo Dries determined it was time for someone to start taking over the business management side of their orchard, (more…)

Invaders for sale: How to stop the intentional spread of invasives

2021-09-03T10:48:24-05:00September 8, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Oriental bittersweet is a threat to native environments by aggressively choking out other woody plants. Photo courtesy of JW Shultz/RISCC

by Courtney Llewellyn

A team of researchers has found that existing regulatory and ethical guidelines are not limiting the widespread introduction of invasive plants. (more…)