Organic Plant Breeding – 2024 Guide

Organic fruits and vegetables represent over 12 percent of fruit and vegetable sales in the U.S., yet total organic acreages remain below 1 percent of the country’s total acreage in crop production. The organic seed sector is even smaller. Many popular varieties of fruits and vegetables are bred conventionally. Without organic seeds available, organic growers … Read more

Growing New Beginnings – 2024 Guide

Before you can begin to plant your fruit, nut or berry orchard, much planning has already occurred. Site selection, water management, enterprise budgets, research on pest and disease management practices, marketing plans, soil testing and site preparation are all on the list of must-dos before even considering which varieties to grow. After you’ve worked through … Read more

Blueberry Benefits – 2024 Review

Researching the fruit’s health properties Mary Ann Lila, director of the Plants for Human Health Institute at NCSU, says blueberries contain a variety of phytochemicals that may help people with cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity, to name a few. Mary Ann Lila has never met a blueberry she didn’t like. In fact, if she … Read more