Keeping Fresh Produce Safe Using Good Agricultural Practices Workshop - January 27, 2014
December 12, 2013
This 5-hour workshop on the basics of farm food safety will be offered as a pre-meeting educational session at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, PA on Monday January 27, 2014. Fresh produce growers can learn how contamination happens, how to assess farm food safety risks, and what measures can be taken to implement and document Good Agricultural Practices. Each participant will be issued a training certificate that can be presented to buyers as evidence of successful completion of GAP training.
Estimating Apple Yield and Fruit Size
December 6, 2013
Early-season yield and packout predictions are useful for growers and packers to plan for adequate harvest labor and storage space, to obtain the appropriate numbers of bins for harvest, and to develop an orderly marketing plan. Fruit yield is a function of numbers of fruit per acre and the size of those fruit. To accurately predict yield, one must have an accurate estimate of the average number of fruit per acre and average fruit size. If one would like to predict fruit packout, then an estimate of the distribution of fruit size is also needed. Obtaining accurate estimates of fruit numbers and fruit size requires appropriate sampling schemes. The purpose of this article is to review the information in the scientific literature on estimating yield and fruit size along with suggestions for next steps.
Thistle and Other Hard to Control Weeds
November 26, 2013
Stinger, a selective, postemergence herbicide for control of broadleaf weeds, is now labeled for use on apples. It is especially effective against thistles, dandelion, nightshades, and goldenrod, with some activity against clovers. Its mode of action is somewhat similar to 2,4-D, acting as a synthetic auxin, and it is in the same HRAC category as triclopyr (Garlon®).
Call for Applications: 2014 Young Apple Leader Program
November 26, 2013
The application to nominate a Young Apple Leader for the Class of 2014 is now available.
Planning for Your Business’s Future
November 22, 2013
Like many people, you may have fallen into the trap of thinking, “I am a farmer, not a business person.” However, consider the amount of money you handle in a year – most small business owners would like to handle that much money in a year’s time. You are a business person, and as such, you need to plan for success!