This guide provides information based on multistage research results and extension programs as well as the knowledge and experience of growers, county extension educators, and industry personnel. It is intended to help commercial vegetable growers make informed managerial decisions.
In spite of some articles that say mushrooms can be grown in any dark hole or building, successful commercial mushroom growing requires special houses equipped with ventilation systems. This publication provides a review of mushroom growing and information on making a composted substrate, aerated Phase I composting, growing systems, finishing the compost, spawn maintenance, spawn production, spawning, substrate supplementation, casing, irrigation, pinning, harvesting, and post-crop pasteurization.
This full-color publication describes specialty or novel vegetables that fit well in the current state and national promotion for vegetables, Buy Local, Buy Fresh, as well as provides marketing tips.
Oyster mushroom production is on the increase in the United States. This publication details the cultivation of oyster mushrooms from spawn to postharvest handling and marketing, including sections on culture maintenance, production in bags and bottles, production conditions, common problems faced by oyster mushroom growers, and an outlook for the future of oyster mushroom production.
This fact sheet lists production guides, general and specialty reference books, trade journals, newsletters, grower organizations, wine-related information, and other resources than can help grape growers in Pennsylvania.
This 61-page guide describes major vegetable diseases that have distinctive symptoms. Thirty-seven plant pathologists from educational institutions in the United States and Canada contributed to this volume, which has 300 color photographs.
This guide helps identify common diseases and physiological disorders affecting potatoes. It has 65 color photographs and is intended for potato growers, extension workers, and others interested in producing maximum yields of high-quality potatoes in Pennsylvania.
This 176-page compendium provides technical information on mushroom diseases, molds, abnormalities, insect pests and pest management, composting, spawning, casing, pasteurization, watering, and controlling carbon dioxide. Illustrations include 45 black-and-white photographs; 15 detailed drawings of microscopic spore structures; 52 color photographs of mushroom diseases, molds, and abnormalities; 24 tables; and 265 graphs, charts, and diagrams.
This full-color handbook addresses the most important pest organisms with the potential to reduce mushroom yield and quality. The handbook is intended for growers, as well as researchers, as both an educational tool and a reference manual. The handbook is divided into two parts, covering the theory of IPM and the practical aspects of IPM in mushroom growing. The section on IPM in mushroom growing describes how unique features of mushroom crops can be used effectively in IPM, and how the theory of IPM can be applied effectively.
This is an illustrated guide to the vegetative propagation of nut trees.
Methods to keep produce as clean as possible and prevent contamination during harvest.
Basic sanitation recommendations for keeping packing areas clean and appropriately sanitary.
Recognize the risks associated with animals and animal manure and learn tips on how to reduce farm food safety risks.
Risk factors associated with the water we use to grow, harvest, and handle fresh produce and how to reduce the risk of contamination.
This full-color guide produced by Penn State in cooperation with Rutgers University, the University of Delaware, the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University provides general information on preplant considerations, soil management and nutrition, and pest management, as well as specific information for planting strawberries, blueberries, brambles, gooseberries, and currants. Appendices provide information on expanded special topics, diagnostic services, nursery sources of berry plants, and production supplies and services. Additional sources of information are also given.
This fact sheet describes tomato-potato late blight, including symptoms; disease development, cycle, and management; and management after harvest.
This full-color, for-sale publication provides information about growing vegetables--from selecting the best site for your garden to harvesting your vegetables. Vegetables discussed include asparagus, beans, brassicas, bulb vegetables, cucurbits, leafy vegetables, peas, peppers, root peppers, sweet corn, baby corn, and pickling corn, eggplants, and tomatoes. This publication is intended to replace the discontinued Culture and Cultivars (Varieties) for the Gardener, Bedding Plant Grower, Garden Center Supplier, and Direct Marketer series.
Watermelons are a highly marketable crop for small-scale and part-time producers. There are multiple markets for growers with 5 acres or fewer, with fresh-market sales being predominant. Many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired.
This 89-page revised book explains wine grape species and varieties, equipment and chemicals, other ingredients, and processes for producing wine at home. Recipes for most wines are provided.