Using energy efficient light emitting diodes (LED) and heated nutrient solution (21°C) (HNS) in suboptimal greenhouse air temperatures (16°C), electrical energy use efficiency (EUE) (g·KWh-1) can be optimized to reduce production costs. Our objective was to compare EUE differences between nutrient film technique (NFT) and constant flood table (CFT) systems under LED lighting treatments with
Cantaloupes are perishable and susceptible to microbiological contamination during production, harvest, and distribution. Since cantaloupes are grown on the ground, preharvest safety concerns come from the bacterial load that they can harbor from the soil and the contamination with foodborne pathogens carried by irrigation water, manure-based fertilizers and wild animals. The study examined the microbial
The 2019 Indiana hemp experience was not great for many of the first-time farmers. Growers experienced a wetter than normal spring which delayed planting in many areas. There was also a lot of poor quality plant material sold to growers. In some cases the plant material was accompanied with questionable certificates of analysis. Plant material
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.
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.
Sweet colored pepper is a very lucrative crop grown mostly for direct-to-consumer markets. Using high tunnels for the production of vegetables has become very popular. It allows growers to extend their production season, protect their crop against severe environmental conditions, and produce high yielding crops of exceptional quality. Sweet colored peppers can yield well in
This presentation will introduce growers to specialty melon production. Information that will be covered include cultivar selection, production practices, fruit peel characteristics and microbial load, and consumer segment characterization.