Made in the USA: Hybrid tomato seeds for organic growers

2019-02-12T11:50:20-05:00February 11, 2019|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Tamara Scully

Hybrid seeds, the result of crossing two different species in the same genus, or different varieties of the same species, are common in farming. Hybridization provides some distinct advantages, combining desirable traits from each parent plant together, such as disease resistance, early or late harvest times, easier harvesting, bigger fruits or better flavors. With hybridization, the first generation offspring is stable and uniform, and genetically identical.

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Grower Guidelines: Back to the Basics – Understanding Soil pH

2019-02-11T15:24:58-05:00February 11, 2019|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

I can’t think of a more important topic for growers to know about than how soil pH affects plant growth and development. What is soil pH? If you remember back to your high school chemistry days, pH stands for parts hydrogen. Hydrogen ions exist in the soil and are there as a result of plant decomposition, causing the soil to be acidic, as in the eastern U.S. In the Midwest, the soil is made up of decomposing limestone, or calcium carbonate, causing the soil to be basic or alkaline.

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Customers and Intention

2018-11-02T12:55:54-05:00November 2, 2018|Grower East|

Intention is often used to describe what a person is thinking or feeling, but it more readily defines a person’s aim or plan. Customers visit your business with a plan – to visit, tour, check out the surroundings and, hopefully, purchase a product or service. You and your employees are responsible for determining a customer’s intention and helping to fulfill their expectations. (more…)