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How to decipher heat loss and greenhouse R-value

Hundreds of new small farmers are entering the industry every year, each serving a unique community and solving unique problems. Many of those problems are related to energy – the lack of it, the need for more sustainable sources, and the need for more energy-efficient growing systems. Some farmers have.....

Ensuring crop pollination in US specialty crops

This webinar series will provide an overview of pollination requirements and strategies to ensure pollination of different specialty crops. Farmers and gardeners rely on crop pollinators, including honey bees, alternative managed bees like the blue orchard bee, and wild bees.Pollination experts will discuss.....

China: Production of Guangxi Luffa heading to next level

"At present, the Luffas (or loofahs) of Dahua county are manufactured into a juice that can be used for skincare products, shampoo, body wash and other similar products. It is sold to Beijing, Shanghai, Canton, Hainan and other places. It is even sold abroad to Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Spain and other.....

India: Water management helps growers in Krishnagiri

Constructing water storage structures near poly greenhouses has helped horticulture farmers meet the water requirements at this time of water crisis, thanks to a Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) scheme.Krishnagiri district is blessed with conducive agro climatic conditions to.....

DIY Aquaponics Presentation from NCRAC

On the blog of Canadian Aquaponics, a handy webinar presentation can be found from the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center. Click here to go see the video and slides.

Icicles from overhead power lines damages Belgian greenhouses

Belgian lettuce grower Paul Adriaenssens doesn’t know about iceberg lettuce, but he certainly doesn’t want to know about icicles. Last weekend his greenhouse was pierced by icicles that slid off high voltage transmission towers. Now the question is who will be paying for the damage."Due to food safety.....

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US: Potential market for locally grown Asian vegetables

Asian-Americans in three East Coast states, including Florida, yearn for more of their native vegetables, and those crops can be grown in the East, say two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers. Gene McAvoy, a UF/IFAS Extension vegetable specialist, and Shouan.....

March 1 - April 3

Season Extension with High Tunnels online course

The Northeast Beginning Farmers Project is offering Season Extension with High Tunnels as one of its online courses this season.The six-week course runs from March 1 to April 3 under the tutelage of co-instructors:Jud Reid, regional vegetable specialist with the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program.Crystal Stewart,.....

February and March

New Greenhouse & High Tunnel IPM webinars at Cornell

Cornell will be holding a series of short webinars on Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM on Thursdays from 12-1 in February and March. The intent is for each topic to be briefly covered and then followed by discussion:Feb 2: Introduction to the projectFeb 9 and Feb 16: Basics of light, water fertility,.....

Low tunnels reduce diseases on strawberries

The TunnelBerries research site at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul experienced a very wet summer which contributed to a high degree of infection by anthracnose and other diseases (see the image below). Graduate student Heidi Anderson observes that disease incidence appears to be lower in strawberries.....

Effects of grafting on nutritional quality of field tomatoes

In a new study, the effects of grafting with interspecific hybrid rootstocks on field-grown tomato fruit quality were evaluated over a 2-year period. Fruit quality attributes from determinate ‘Florida 47’ tomato plants grafted onto either ‘Beaufort’ or ‘Multifort’ rootstocks were compared with those from.....

AHDB and STC are lighting the way for LEDs

Research at the Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC), funded by AHDB Horticulture, has shown that by adjusting the quantity and quality of LED lighting, improvements in both the yields and the quality of ornamentals and other crops can be achieved. This demonstrates that the benefits of growing with LEDs goes.....

US (NY): 2017 Cornell Vegetable Guidelines available

The 2017 edition of the Cornell Integrated Crop and Pest Management Guidelines for Commercial Vegetable Production is now available. This annual publication provides up-to-date vegetable crop production information for New York State. It is designed as a practical guide for vegetable crop producers, crop.....

Soil health for a stronger planet

Professor Claudia Wagner-Riddle is an agrometeorologist in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph and a lead researcher of the Soil Health Interpretive Centre in Elora, Ontario. Professor Wagner-Riddle gives insight to the vital importance of soil health to Ontario and the globe.How.....