Growing for chefs

2019-03-08T13:45:18-05:00March 8, 2019|Grower Midwest|

by Courtney Llewellyn

CHICAGO – It can be difficult if not seemingly impossible to eat well while on the go, especially when faced with literal miles of fast food restaurants as you wander through an airport during a lengthy layover. O’Hare International Airport saw this and has stepped up to provide travelers – and the chefs who prepare their food – some green relief.

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Take a break from tomatoes

2019-03-08T09:07:25-05:00March 8, 2019|Grower Midwest|

by Sally Colby

Growers who are just starting with high tunnel production are satisfied when the structure is bursting with a profitable crop. There’s a significant investment in the tunnel, and growers want to offset costs by continually growing high-value crops. In many cases, that crop is tomatoes.

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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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High tunnel production: Warm-season crops

2019-02-08T17:02:12-05:00February 8, 2019|Grower Midwest|

by Tamara Scully

Amy Ivy of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture, and Mike Davis, manager of the Cornell Willsboro Research Farm, have been conducting high tunnel research to help growers determine which warm season plants do best in high tunnel conditions compared to field-grown counterparts and how best to grow those crops to capture their market value.

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