Production and Harvesting

Information on growing and harvesting vegetables, including potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, beans, squash, corn, onions, garlic, broccoli, peppers and asparagus. Tips on high tunnel production, plasticulture, pollinators and transplanting.

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Snow on Pink Lady. Photo: Ed Weaver, Weaver's Orchard
Get Ready for the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention - News News
The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention will be held from January 29 to 31, 2019 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. More
Ulmer Farms fueron comenzadas en 2001 por Seth Ulmer. Foto: Francesco Di Gioia, Penn State
En El Camino: Granjas de Ulmer (Ulmer Farms) - Articles Articles

En El Camino: Granjas de Ulmer (Ulmer Farms)

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler, Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D.

Ulmer Farms es una granja de 1,200 acres en el Condado de Clinton, donde Seth y Liz Ulmer han estado cultivando soja, maíz, tomates por procesamiento, y frijoles verdes por procesamiento desde 2001. More
Ulmer Farms was started in 2001 by Seth Ulmer. Photo: Francesco Di Gioia, Penn State
On the Road: Processing Snap Beans at Ulmer Farms - Articles Articles

On the Road: Processing Snap Beans at Ulmer Farms

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler, Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D.

Ulmer Farms is a 1,200-acre farm in Clinton County where Seth and Liz Ulmer have been growing soybeans, corn, processing tomatoes, and processing snap beans since 2001. More
High Tunnel Research: Types of High Tunnels
High Tunnel Research: Types of High Tunnels - Videos Videos

High Tunnel Research: Types of High Tunnels

Matthew Cooper, Kathy Demchak

5:53

This video provides information on the types of high tunnels (single and multi-bay) that are commercially available, and important features of each to consider. More
High Tunnel Research: Parts of a High Tunnel
High Tunnel Research: Parts of a High Tunnel - Videos Videos

High Tunnel Research: Parts of a High Tunnel

Matthew Cooper, Kathy Demchak

4:55

This video provides information on all parts of a single-bay gothic peak high tunnel. The terminology is commonly used for various high tunnel types. More
Snap Bean Production at Ulmer Farms
Snap Bean Production at Ulmer Farms - Videos Videos

Snap Bean Production at Ulmer Farms

Tom Butzler, Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D.

6:42

This Learn Now video on snap bean production is the latest in a series of Penn State Extension videos on Pennsylvania farmer’s production of processing vegetables. More
Penn State Extension Helps Growers Comply with FSMA Regulations
Penn State Extension Helps Growers Comply with FSMA Regulations - News News
Educators are available to consult with growers on their farm operations at no-cost to the grower and help them to see how close they are to meeting the new regulatory requirements. More
Good Roots Farm está bordeada por una calle muy transitada y muchos edificios. Foto: Francesco Di Gioia, Extensión de Penn State
En el Camino: Agricultura Urbana en Philadelphia - Articles Articles

En el Camino: Agricultura Urbana en Philadelphia

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D., Robert Berghage, Ph.D., Thomas McCann

Ayer viajamos a Philadelphia para visitar fincas urbanas. More
Nice Roots Farm is bordered by a busy street and many buildings. Photo: Francesco Di Gioia, Penn State
On the Road: Urban Agriculture in Philadelphia - Articles Articles

On the Road: Urban Agriculture in Philadelphia

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Thomas McCann, Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D., Robert Berghage, Ph.D.

The Extension On the Road crew traveled to Philadelphia to meet farmers and their community partners and get a look at how farming is used to build community, as educational spaces, and to produce food in urban areas. More
Flats of tomato seedlings ready to be planted. Photo: Tom Butzler, Penn State
Overview of Coverage Under the Produce Safety Rule - News News
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in more than 70 years. The focus has shifted away from merely responding to contamination events toward establishing systems to prevent them from occurring. More
En el Camino: Granja Orgánica de Toigo 2018
En el Camino: Granja Orgánica de Toigo 2018 - Articles Articles

En el Camino: Granja Orgánica de Toigo 2018

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D., Robert Berghage, Ph.D.

En Toigo, cultivan principalmente tomates y también pepinos, pimientos y berenjenas para mercados al por mayor y directas. More
Photo courtesy of Toigo Farm.
On the Road: Toigo Organic Farms in 2018 - Articles Articles

On the Road: Toigo Organic Farms in 2018

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D., Robert Berghage, Ph.D.

At Toigo, they grow primarily tomatoes, along with cucumbers, peppers, and eggplants for wholesale and direct markets. More
Hops Production Field Day
Hops Production Field Day - Workshops Workshops
Current and prospective hops growers are invited to join us for the Hops Production Field Day. More
The use of a triple sink wash system in combination with a sanitizer can help reduce the risk of pathogen contamination in fresh fruits and vegetable.
Video Series Answers Questions About Sanitizers in Wash Water - News News
A Penn State Extension farm food safety video series is available for fruit and vegetable growers seeking more detailed information on farm food safety of harvested crops. More
Female cuckoo bee, Triepeolus remigatus. Photo by Alex Surcică, Penn State
Protecting Pollinators: What Role Can the Greenhouse Industry Play? - News News
The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University recently released the Pennsylvania Pollinator Protection Plan. More
Is boron deficiency the cause of this internal browning discoloration in celeriac? Photo: Jennifer Glenister
Celeriac Production Issues In Pennsylvania - News News
In an effort to determine the size and scope of celeriac production issues in Pennsylvania, I need your assistance. More
Photo: Scott Guiser, Penn State, retired
FSMA Produce Safety Rule Update - News News

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Update

03/27/2018

January 26, 2018, marked the first major compliance date for the Produce Safety Rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). More
We Need Your Feedback on Veggie Rotations and Field Layouts
We Need Your Feedback on Veggie Rotations and Field Layouts - News News
Penn State’s Department of Entomology is studying the scientific basis for crop rotations and farm layouts to determine if they can be better designed to improve pest control. More
High tunnel tomatoes. Photo: Tom Ford, Penn State
High Tunnel Study: Growers Unaware of Water Quality Issues - News News
An ongoing project funded by the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers' Association looks at cropping and nutrient management issues in high tunnels. More
Vegetable & Small Fruit Day
Vegetable & Small Fruit Day - Workshops Workshops
Please join us for the Annual Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Vegetable & Small Fruit Day. More
Greenhouse Growers Day
Greenhouse Growers Day - Conferences Conferences
Greenhouse Growers Day will help keep growers up-to-date with the latest practices and techniques to produce high-quality, herbaceous plants. More
Vegetable Meeting
Vegetable Meeting - Workshops Workshops
The Northeast Vegetable Meeting is an all day program in northeast Pennsylvania that is designed specifically for commercial vegetable growers. More
Guia Para Plantar y Transplantar Verduras
Guia Para Plantar y Transplantar Verduras - Articles Articles
Versión en español de la Guía de Plantación y Trasplante de Hortalizas. More
Extendiendo la Temporada Productiva con Túneles Altos
Extendiendo la Temporada Productiva con Túneles Altos - Articles Articles
Los túneles altos ofrecen protección a las plantas de tierras saturadas de humedad y temperaturas bajas en la primavera y el otoño con lo cual se extiende la temporada productiva. More
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm - Pack House
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm - Pack House - Articles Articles

On the Road: Huntsinger Farm - Pack House

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler, William Lamont

This 2017 growing season we’ve been following potato planting and harvesting at Huntsinger Farms Inc. More
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