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Squash bug

Squash Vine Borer Prevention

I was out inspecting a garden recently and noticed a couple of insects that I thought were worth noting. The …

Cucumber

Plant What You Like to Eat

It’s not too late to plant a vegetable garden. There are still lots of plants in the garden centers. …

Calico scales on dogwood.

Calico Scales About to Hatch!

Calico scale, Eulecanium cerasorum, was accidentally introduced to California from Asia in the 1920s. It has now become established …

Cover on crop to protect from frost

Cover Tender Summer Crops

Quite often I’ve heard the saying from long time gardeners that Good Friday is a great time to start …

hemp hanging to dry

Update on the Final Rule for Hemp

3/8/2021 – Today the USDA announced they have completed their review and are moving forward with the Final Rule …

Lettuce in a container

Planting Spring Vegetables

It’s not too late to plant spring vegetables in the garden. If you have the space, a row of …

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Creating a Limited Liability Company or Corporation

Protecting farm and forest land can be complicated. In this publication we interview a family …

3 hours agoEastern Forestry Notes

Pole Bean Production

In North Carolina, pole beans are grown commercially in the mountain counties and, on a …

Sketch of storage boxes in a room with refrigeration units

Proper Postharvest Cooling and Handling Methods

This publication provides information on cooling basics, common produce cooling methods and other steps for …

Packaging Requirements for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

This publication describes types of packaging for fresh fruits and vegetables, including each packaging's functions, …

Figure 1. Common produce packages.

Design of Room Cooling Facilities: Structural & Energy Requirements

Proper temperature control is essential to protecting the quality of fresh produce. By constructing and …

Figure 1. Cooling time for various airflow rates.

Forced-Air Cooling

This publication covers the characteristics and benefits of forced-air cooling to cool fresh produce to …

Figure 1. Typical conventional hydrocooler.

Hydrocooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Liquid icing single cartons of produce.

Crushed and Liquid Ice Cooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …