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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Three-point hitch plastic mulch layers are utilized on many Pennsylvania vegetable farms to take advantage of raised beds to provide warmer better drained soil. In addition, crops stay off ground and can be easier to pick. Photo: Tom Butzler, Penn State
Vegetable Equipment Demonstrations Coming to 2018 Ag Progress Days - News News
Vegetable production is becoming big business in Pennsylvania and the numbers seem to back it up. 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.

5:01

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

14:49

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

Tipos de Sistemas de Lavado

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Lee Stivers

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La necesidad de añadir desinfectantes al agua de lavado depende del tipo de sistema de lavado utilizado. More
Study circle participants share experiences around the dinner table.
Vegetable Growers Reflect on Improving Efficiency on Small Farms - Articles Articles
Vegetable growers share their experiences about how to make the most efficient use of time, tools, labor and resources on the farm. More
Carrot transplants are grown in large quantities in Italy. They must be transplanted before the taproot reaches the bottom of the tray cell. Photo: G. Rampinini
Which Vegetable Will We Be Transplanting Next? - Articles Articles
Growers have figured out how to transplant vegetable crops that we once thought could only be direct-seeded in the field. More
Transplanting by hand can be labor-intensive.
Taking it to the Field: Seeding and Transplanting Vegetables - Articles Articles
Stand establishment is one of the most critical steps in producing a successful crop of vegetables. More
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Planting
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Planting - Articles Articles

On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Planting

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

Huntsinger Farm Inc. in Hegins, Pennsylvania specializes in potato production, packing, and wholesale marketing. More
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