Postharvest

SmartWash Solutions celebrates 10 years in business

In its 10th  year of serving the fresh-cut produce industry, Salinas, California-based SmartWash Solutions supports operations and food safety in eight countries, while effectively treating over five billion pounds of produce each year. This represents... more »

2019 storage recommendations for Cosmic Crisp

In our experience, WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) can be stored with minimum losses throughout a yearlong storage period. Firmness is retained extremely well in CA storage (only 1-2 pounds loss in 10 months). Also, sweetness... more »

Genomics reveals secrets of optimal harvest, storage

The study of genomics is yielding useful information for preventing conditions such as soft scald and bitter pit in fruit. Genomics, “the study of genes, their sequence, structure, function, evolution and their expression,” helps to... more »

Cold inspection facility in Nogales to boost Arizona economy

An Arizona state investment in a cold inspection facility in Nogales is set to broaden fresh fruit and vegetable availability, helping boost employment and economic development. Governor Doug Ducey’s proposed budget includes $700,000 toward the... more »

Postharvest for tree fruit backed by Northwest Farm Credit

Helping Pacific Northwest growers deliver plentiful, sustainable fruit crops to consumers at every harvest, Northwest Farm Credit Services recently announced a $250,000 donation supporting postharvest tree fruit research at Washington State University. Mandy Minick, Washington... more »

Matson Fruit grows generational apple legacy In Washington state

The Matson family is credited with coming up with the 850-pound apple bin, but decades later, their willingness to try something different is again attracting attention from other growers. One year ago, Matson Fruit finished... more »

Survey: Storage decays of apples prevalent in Washington

Many fungal pathogens cause decay on apple with significant economic losses for packers. The Washington industry is familiar with pathogens like blue mold, gray mold and bull’s eye rot, but other pathogens, known as the... more »

Video series highlights best practices for postharvest washing

A new Penn State Extension farm food safety video series is now available for fruit and vegetable growers seeking more detailed information on farm food safety of harvested crops. The “Using Sanitizers in Wash Water”... more »


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