Northeast

Harvest stars: Berries set the pace in New Jersey

Production trends for blueberries and cranberries were highlighted during the North American Strawberry Growers Association’s 2023 Summer Tour in New Jersey. Peter Oudemans, director of Rutgers University’s Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry... more »

Frecon Farms: 8 decades of Pennsylvania apples

Sustaining soil health is a key ingredient in Frecon Farms’ success. The third-generation farming operation, which grows apples and peaches, began in 1944 in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, 37 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Frecon Farms, which celebrates... more »

Rice Fruit’s Lemonade apples offer splash of yellow

Rice Fruit Co., Gardeners, Pennsylvania, is kicking off Lemonade apple packing this season with increased volume due to recent plantings coming into production. “We’re super excited to offer an apple that’s fresh and bright, but... more »

UGA leads effort to tackle emerging threat to watermelons

Growers of cucurbits — which include melons, pumpkin, squash and cucumbers — face numerous challenges in production, leading to decreased profitability and less produce on grocery shelves. Weeds, insect pests and plant diseases are prominent... more »

Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine seeks relief for growers

In an answer to spiraling grower expenses, the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine is seeking a year hiatus from the 1.5 cents per pound tax the state levies on the wild berries. The commission met... more »

New Jersey is a mecca for strawberry production

Strawberries set the pace as one of the first crops of the New Jersey growing season. Farm operators from a wide swath of the state shared their growing and marketing experiences during the North American... more »

USDA chief visits Rice Fruit apple packinghouse

The Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) visited an Adams County, Pennsylvania, apple packer, shipper and marketer. Under Secretary Alexis Taylor toured Rice Fruit Co. During... more »

Deadline approaching for New England high tunnel conference

The deadline for registering for a New England high tunnel conference is approaching. The High Tunnel Production Conference: Revitalizing Your Tunnel Vision is scheduled for Dec. 6 – 7 at the Fireside Inn and Suites... more »

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