Vegetables
February 15, 2013, Davis, CA – From the small, spicy Thai chiles to the portly, mild bell pepper, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a “family tree” of sorts for peppers and characterized the diversity of genes found in a collection of common cultivated pepper varieties. Findings…
February 15, 2013, East Lansing, MI – Using a strip tillage system in combination with cover crops benefits vegetable farmers as well as the land, according to long-term research by Dan Brainard, a Michigan State University (MSU) horticulture researcher. Brainard’s research shows that strip tillage in combination with cover crops…
January 10, 2013, Ithaca, NY – Chefs and home cooks could soon have easier access to a homegrown “super food,” thanks to a Cornell-led team of researchers working to expand broccoli's availability at farms, farmer's markets and grocery stores from Maine to Florida. Broccoli is at the center of a…
January 2, 2013, Fredericton, NB – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Potato Research Centre is holding an open house February 13, 2013. The open house will begin at 10:30 a.m. and run until about 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. In the morning, visitors will have an opportunity to view potato…
January 2, 2013, Chicago, IL – Drinking to ring in the New Year may have left many suffering with the dreaded hangover. According to a study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the amino acids and minerals found in asparagus extract may…
December 19, 2012 – The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affair’s vegetable specialist team has recently listed the vegetable sessions on offer at the 2013 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention. To see the agenda, CLICK HERE.
December 4, 2012 – An introductory workshop exploring the opportunities for direct-market fruit and vegetable production is being held in five locations in Alberta during January and February. The workshop is designed to provide industry specific information and data to Albertans interested in the horticulture industry. The workshop is also…
November 15, 2012, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - Potato farmers will be able to tap into new markets and increase their profitability with an investment from the Harper Government. Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament (Egmont), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, today announced an investment…
October 24, 2012 – Potatoes with higher levels of beneficial carotenoids are the result of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies. Scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) bred yellow potatoes with carotenoid levels that are two to three times higher than those of the popular Yukon Gold yellow-fleshed potato…
October 19, 2012 – Preventing activity of a key enzyme in potatoes could help boost potato quality by putting an end to cold-induced sweetening, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. Cold-induced sweetening, which occurs when potatoes are put in long-term cold storage, causes flavour changes and unwanted dark…
Oct. 17, 2012, State Collge, PA - It appears that, after an extremely warm winter last year, cold weather will be making a comeback this year in Canada. According to an AccuWeather.com release, the Atlantic and Maritime Provinces will be the one exception to receiving colder weather, but winter storms…
October 15, 2012 – Bell peppers (Capsicum annuum L) are a warm season, annual crop and in northern climates they are set out as transplants during late May to late June. Transplanting brings the plant into flower sooner, increasing economic yields. Fruit size generally drops over time with the first…
October 15, 2012, Norman Wells, NWT – One man in Norman Wells is transforming his town into the potato capital of the N.W.T., harvesting 30,000 pounds of the vegetable this year from his farm about 130 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle. The short growing season and cold temperatures make…
October 10, 2012 – Tomatoes are particularly susceptible to salmonella the first week after seedlings are transplanted, with a much greater chance that the flesh of the fruit will become contaminated from the inside out if exposed at that time, according to research expected to be published later this year.…
October 3, 2012, Charlottetown, PEI – Potato growers on P.E.I. are concerned that some of their crops might be lost because of the wet weather. Willem van Nieuwenhuyzen’s potato field at Vanco Farms is completely saturated with water after recent rains. Nearly three months ago, van Nieuwenhuyzen was praying for…
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