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Strawberries are the second most-valuable fruit crop in South Carolina. Photo: Clemson University

Clemson to host strawberry meeting

Strawberry producers are invited to a pre-plant meeting where Clemson University experts will provide valuable information needed to grow successful crops. The meeting is scheduled for Aug. 8 in the Horry County Extension Office, 1949 Industrial P... more


Pennsylvania expands Spotted Lanternfly quarantine

Pennsylvania's Spotted Lanternfly quarantine has been expanded to Lower Macungie Township, Alburtis and Macungie Boroughs in Lehigh County and New Hanover Township in Montgomery County after small populations of the pest were found. The most recent d... more


Clemson workshop teaches how to grow healthy fruit

Bill Foster of Westminster was one of about 100 people who learned how to grow healthy fruit crops during a workshop at Clemson’s Musser Fruit Research Center Saturday. “I grow peaches, pears, apples, plums, blackberries, blueberries and musca... more


Beginning farmer training through the UGA Cooperative Extension Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program starts in August. Photo: Jessica Cudnik

Journeyman Farmer registration now open

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is set to offer a second year of the Journeyman Farmer training for beginning and young farmers this August, with registration now open. This multi-session crash course provides information on business p... more


Photos 4 and 5. Crushed (left) and intact (right) fruit on day five.

Destroy unharvested cherries to reduce SWD populations

As growers are currently assessing their crops after the recent hailstorm, there are many considerations for how to handle cherries left in the orchard. This year, some growers will not be able to commercially harvest the crop due to the level of dam... more


Consider presecence of apple maggots when selecting an insecticide

High levels of apple maggot adult emergence have been detected at the Michigan State University Trevor Nichols Research Center in Fennville, Michigan, following rainfall events over the last week. Controlling apple maggots has been traditionally achi... more


Grapes like these are the focus of a field day at the Ashtabula Agricultural Research Station. Photo: iStock

New grape disease focus of NE Ohio Field Day

A new disease could put the squeeze on some of Ohio’s grapevines. Called red blotch, it’s a featured topic — one of a bunch — at the Aug. 11 educational field day at the Ashtabula Agricultural Research Station in northeast Ohio. The sta... more


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Navigating crop insurance for damaged tart cherries

With the large crop and recent hailstorm, growers will need to make decisions regarding the marketability of the crop. This year is somewhat different from years past as there is now tart cherry crop insurance, which was an addition to the most recen... more


Recommendations for water sampling under FSMA

This document is meant to provide simple, easy to follow recommendations for water quality sampling under the FSMA Produce Safety Rule for Agricultural Water testing. The methods described here are not meant to be prescriptive, as there are many ways... more


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Facilities use less energy, improve efficiency

The more apples you grow and pack, the more storage you need. If that storage is energy-efficient and improves the quality of your apples, so much the better. Here are two examples of growers who have built new storage facilities, and their reasons f... more



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