New Summer Squashes Add Variety

New Summer Squashes Add Variety

This year, growers of summer squash can choose from a plethora of standard varieties. They can also select from introductions bred with improved fruit quality and various squash types new to their markets, as well as numerous varieties with disease packages. Traditionally bred, genetically engineered and certified organic seeds are also available. Resistance to certain … Read more

6 Strawberry Weeds To Look Out For

6 Strawberry Weeds To Look Out For

Like an athlete who struggles against a tough competitor, weeds compete in strawberry fields, and often are victorious, much to the detriment of growers. “Weed competition of course can damage strawberries, but due to the value of the crop, weeds aren’t left to compete,” said Steve Fennimore, a Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of … Read more

Keeping Farmstand Customers Safe

Keeping Farmstand Customers Safe

Whether a produce farmer is selling fresh fruits and vegetables at a city market, at a roadside stand or creating meals in a farmstand kitchen, there’s an inherent responsibility to make sure that every customer has the safest experience possible. A customer’s safe farm market experience begins when driving into the parking lot of a … Read more

Women in Agriculture Are Taking the Lead

Women in Agriculture Are Taking the Lead

Nearly 1 million women work in agriculture, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture. Those women generate $12.9 billion in annual agricultural sales. “From historic homesteaders to contemporary cattle ranchers, women have been the cornerstone of America’s agriculture heritage,” according to information on the website. Whether carrying on the family tradition … Read more

Fun In The Sun

FUN IN THE SUN

Preventing overexposure and sunburn Late last year, Time magazine released its annual list of top inventions. You may not need the number one pick, a retail DNA test (on which you can learn more here), and you may not have the funds for its runner-up, the $100,000 sporty electric  Tesla Roadster, but chances are, number 44, … Read more