Poster Session

-Orlando Rodriguez, Ariana Torres, and Wenjing Guan
Is grafting worth it for my operation? A Partial Cost Benefit Analysis of Early-Season Production of Grafted Seedless Cucumber in High Tunnels.
We conducted a study to analyze the economic benefit of grafting seedless cucumber grown in high tunnels. A comparison of partial costs and returns between grafted and nongrafted cucumber was developed. Data included production costs, yield, and price of cucumber at different market channels. This data was used to develop a partial budget analyses and sensitivity tests in order to help the stakeholders to decide whether grafting cucumber may be a viable practice for their operations. A main output of the article is to contribute to the profitability of growing seedless cucumbers in high tunnels operations by increasing farmers’ knowledge of the economic benefits of grafting. Our findings can help inform farmers, researchers, and other stakeholders interested in the adoption of grafting cucumber.

-Amy Nichols
The Human Endocannabinoid System and Hemp
The endocannabinoid system is a newly discovered body system that is the master regulator in the human body. The phytocannabinoids in the hemp plant interact synergistically with the receptors in the human endocannabinoid system to create homeostasis in the human body so it can heal itself.

-Yu-Ting Chu and Paul Brown
Potential crops for marine aquaponics    1. What is marine aquaponics, and the advantages of it.   2. What are the potential plants for marine aquaponics.

-Peng Chen, Gaotian Zhu, Hye-Ji Kim, Paul Brown, Jen-yi Huang
Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Aquaponics and Hydroponics
The study compare the environmental impacts of producing food with aquaponics and hydroponics. In the case of this study, hydroponics has about twice as much impacts on fossil fuel depletion, global warming potential, acidification and eutrophication.

-Dan Egel
Using the Online ID-56   The Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers has a new mobile-friendly online version. Visit this poster to see where to find it and how to navigate through the site. Learn how to look up control recommendations on your smart phone from the field in no time!

-Liz Maynard
Intro to Growing Sweet Corn
If you’re considering growing sweet corn for sale, stop by this poster to get a handle on common production practices and where to go for more information.

-Liz Maynard
Sweet Corn Variety Trial Results for 2019
This poster will present yield, plant, and ear characteristics for 20 supersweet (sh2) sweet corn cultivars evaluated in northern Indiana in 2019.

-Petrus Langenhoven and Chris Adair
Introduction to Fresh Market Pepper Production in High Tunnels
High Tunnels provide an excellent environment for the production of high quality sweet bell and tapered peppers. Very little regional specific information is available in terms of variety selection and performance, production procedures.

-Petrus Langenhoven
Zucchini production in west-central Indiana
Zucchini is a very popular crop and it can earn the grower cash in a very short amount of time. We will look at the production practices and the performance of several zucchini varieties.

-Wenjing Guan
Intro to Growing Triploid Watermelon
If you are considering growing seedless watermelon for sale, stop by this poster to get a handle on common production practices and where to go for more information.

-Sanchez Philocles
Drivers and Barriers to Crop Diversification
Many challenges faced in the fruit and vegetable industry push U.S farmers to go through crop diversification as a farm adjustment alternative to change their situation in different ways. This paper examines what are those drivers, that incite those farmers to rotate their crops. It is found access to markets and technologies are major drivers of crop diversification among specialty crop operations, meanwhile labor, farmer’s satisfaction and farms operating under contract are the major barriers for crop diversification.

-Han Chen and Yaohua Feng
Evaluate Food Safety Education among Indiana Veteran Farmers Veteran farmers are identified by the USDA as socially disadvantaged. Many of them practice small-scale farming, and they are struggling to balance the profits and the increasing food safety regulation. The objectives of this study were to assess the needs of veteran farmers in food safety education and evaluate the effectiveness of three different education interventions (newsletters, learning circles, lecture). Pre- and post-survey were used to evaluate the interventions. Sixty-four Indiana veteran farmers completed the online pre-survey; 56 % of participants considered themselves comfortable with their food safety knowledge. Three major barriers to food safety education identified were lack of learning time, the overwhelming amount of information, and inapplicable information for farmers. Three education interventions increased the overall knowledge of participants, but the effectiveness varied. The findings of this study provided evidence for educators and government agencies to develop a better food safety education program for veteran farmers.

-Tressie Barrett and Yaohua Feng
Evaluation of Flour Handling Behaviors in Egg Noodle Online Video Streaming and Blog Recipes
The internet, an important communication platform, enables consumers to share recipes and food preparation techniques. Unscreened videos and blogs could promote improper food handling techniques of high-risk ingredients, like flour. Flour has been recalled 15 times since 2018 for containing pathogens. The objective of this study was to evaluate food safety information and flour handling techniques demonstrated in popular videos and blogs using flour-based egg noodles, a commonly sold home-based vendor product, as an example. Videos and blogs were identified on YouTube and Alexa Internet using keyword searches. Forty-seven videos and 17 blogs were coded for flour handling behaviors adherence to FDA food safety recommendations. We found that videos and blogs provided few food safety recommendations. YouTube video hosts demonstrated mishandled flour, creating potential for cross-contamination events. High-risk ingredient mishandling and scarcity of food safety recommendations in popular recipes demonstrates the need to develop strategies to improve the accuracy and quantity of food safety messages in online recipes.



  • Wednesday

    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Room(s): Salon 1, Salon 2, Salon 3, Salon A, Salon B, Salon C, Salon D, Salon E