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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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
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
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
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Harvesting
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Harvesting - Articles Articles

On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Harvesting

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler

We met up with Kris Rutko and Jared Maurer at Huntsinger Farms to see early potatoes being harvested. More
Harvesting Potatoes at Huntsinger Farms
Harvesting Potatoes at Huntsinger Farms - Videos Videos

Harvesting Potatoes at Huntsinger Farms

Tom Butzler, Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D.

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A compilation of video clips and stills gives the viewer the labor, time, and equipment that is needed in modern day potato production. More
Photo by Tricia Borneman, Blooming Glen Farm
Keeping Produce Fresh: Best Practices for Producers - Articles Articles
Fruit and vegetable producers can follow these best practices for keeping produce fresh and safe in the field, at harvest, and through proper postharvest steps of cooling, washing, storage, and packing. More
On the Road: Harvest Valley Farms
On the Road: Harvest Valley Farms - Articles Articles

On the Road: Harvest Valley Farms

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We recently spent an afternoon with Larry King of Harvest Valley Farms in Valencia, Pennsylvania. Larry grows vegetables on 160 acres with his brother Art and nephew Dave. More
On the Road: Sugar Valley Produce Auction
On the Road: Sugar Valley Produce Auction - Articles Articles

On the Road: Sugar Valley Produce Auction

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

We visited the Sugar Valley Produce Auction located just outside of Loganton, Pennsylvania. More
On the Road: Raccoon Valley Farm
On the Road: Raccoon Valley Farm - Articles Articles

On the Road: Raccoon Valley Farm

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Darryl Dressler, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We headed to Millerstown in Perry County to visit Raccoon Valley Farm and farmer Lester Brubaker. More
On the Road: A Visit with Kenny Stehr and Sons Farm
On the Road: A Visit with Kenny Stehr and Sons Farm - Articles Articles

On the Road: A Visit with Kenny Stehr and Sons Farm

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tanner Delvalle, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We visited Brett and Henry Stehr of Kenny Stehr and Sons Farm located in Pitman, Pennsylvania. More
On the Road: 4 Seasons Farm Market
On the Road: 4 Seasons Farm Market - Articles Articles

On the Road: 4 Seasons Farm Market

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D., Thomas Maloney

We headed up to Susquehanna county to visit 4 Seasons Farm Market. 4 Seasons Farm Market is a 143 acre farm owned and operated by Tina and Gerald Carlin. More
Photo: Tianna DuPont
Lo Que Necesita Saber Para Producir Trasplantes Sanos - Articles Articles
Muchas de las hortalizas comienzan como trasplantes en un invernadero y luego se plantan en el campo para su producción. More
El Establecimiento en el Campo: Siembra y Trasplante De Hortalizas
El Establecimiento en el Campo: Siembra y Trasplante De Hortalizas - Articles Articles
La plantación de la parcela es uno de los pasos más críticos en la producción de hortalizas. More
Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Flickr.com (CC BY 2.0)
Biología de las Semillas y de las Plántulas - Articles Articles
La mayoría de las hortalizas comienzan sus vidas como semillas. More
Razones para Lavar los Productos Frescos
Razones para Lavar los Productos Frescos - Videos Videos

Razones para Lavar los Productos Frescos

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Lee Stivers

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Las consideraciones de seguridad alimentaria son de importancia crítica durante e inmediatamente después de lavar las frutas y hortalizas frescas. More
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