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Breeding a Better Strawberry:Scientists Uncover Genetic Roadmap of Cultivated Strawberry

Steve Knapp

Consumers want strawberries to be red, sweet, ripe and juicy, like those fresh picked from a garden. Suppliers want them to be easy to handle and ship, without getting squished. Commercial strawberry growers need their crops to be high-yielding and disease-resistant. An international team of scientists led by the University of California, Davis, and Michigan State University has taken a …

NMSU Farmington Research Center Participating in Potatoes USA Variety Study

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FARMINGTON – Approximately 5,000 semi-truck loads of potatoes leave the Four Corners region every year. The spuds are headed to dinner tables via retail stores and snack processors. The dinner potatoes are grown by Navajo Agriculture Products Industry, while those headed to potato chip processing are grown by an independent contractor renting NAPI farm land. Located in the middle of …

“Growing New Roots” Vegetable Grafting Webinar Series

Members of the SCRI Grafting Project Team have organized a grafting webinar series. Each month a webinar will be offered, covering a different topic about the science and technology of vegetable grafting. Below is a schedule of future webinars, as well as links to past webinars. Upcoming Webinars: Date: February 21, 2019 Time: 2PM (Eastern Time) Title: Grafting Experience with …

The Recent Romaine Recall and the LGMA

Although the Center for Disease Control announced on January 9, 2019 that the recent e-coli outbreak is over, there is another part of the story that doesn’t seem to be getting allot of traction. During the investigation the FDA made the comment that based on the spread of the traceback it’s highly unlikely that it originated from a single farm. …

Dealing with Diamondback Moth

It has been a couple of “rough” weeks managing the diamondback moth (DBM), Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae), in the Central Coast. Based on my conversations with some PCAs, we are managing large populations of this moth, resulting in high infestations in cole crops like broccoli and Brussel sprouts. Larvae of this insect will typically feed on the underside of the …

Microbial Soil Amendments to Improve Strawberry Health & Production

In the recent years, interest in biological products – nutrient, biostimulant, soil amendment or pesticide products of plant and microbial origin – is increasing for use in agriculture.  While the growth of the organic industry is partly responsible for this interest, an increase in research exploring the potential of these products and a continued emphasis on sustainable agriculture could also …

New Produce Safety Laws Not New to California Cantaloupe Farmers

On January 26, 2018 fruit, nut and vegetable farmers throughout the country began being required to follow specific food safety practices under a new federal regulation known as the Produce Safety Rule. For now, the new regulation applies only to large farms, defined as those with annual produce sales of $500,000 or more. These are exactly the kinds of farms …

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