Build a Better Tomato at ASTA Veggie & Flower

Kelly Marshall

There’s a chemistry to the flavor of food, says horticultural science professor Harry Klee, but most growers simply aren’t set up for the intense process of studying and improving the tomatoes they grow. That’s why Klee’s team at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has been researching the chemicals that contribute to tomato flavor. “Most everyone …

ASTA, Audio, Vegetables

Nufarm Fungicide Approved for Greenhouse Use

Kelly Marshall

Nufarm has announced the approval of the versatile fungicide, Emblem, for use on foliar, stem and root disease in vegetable greenhouses. The product can be used in all stages of development. Registration now includes: brassica leafy vegetables (like broccoli, cauliflower, and kale), herbs (such as basil, chive, cilantro, parsley and rosemary), and leafy vegetables (including arugula, lettuce and swiss chard). …

Agribusiness, Fungicides, Vegetables

Kid-Approved Bell Pepper from Syngenta

Kelly Marshall

Syngenta may have just made parents around the globe happy. Their new pepper has a taste that will have kids everywhere eating their vegetables– with a nutrition content that will please parents. The resulting veggie came after two decades of research, but the Overgreen pepper is market-changing. “My vision for Overgreen peppers is to change the green pepper market – …

Agribusiness, Syngenta, Vegetables

Small Farmers Show Concern Over FSMA Regs

Joanna Schroeder

In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was introduced by the FDA. The program serves as a new method of regulating the growth, harvesting, and processing of agricultural goods. While the aim of this new regulatory system is to increase food safety and reduce the prevalence of foodborne illness, there are some aspects that have become a burden on …

Agribusiness, Food, Vegetables

High Tunnel Farming Means More Fresh Produce

Kelly Marshall

Consumers in Tennessee don’t often find freshly grown local vegetables year round, but that’s exactly what Falcon Ride Farm is producing.  Their popular CSA program provides the local community with fruit and vegetables throughout the year, thanks to the new high tunnel greenhouse design that lets farm owner, Bart Gilmer regulate interior temperatures more easily. “We are very excited about …

Agribusiness, Fruit, Local, Vegetables

Hydroponics Aims To Answer Water Mgmt Challenges

Taylor Truckey

As climates continue to shift and change and regions around the world experience freshwater shortages, Hinoman, Ltd., sought a complete water-management solution for its vegetable protein cultivation system. Hinoman’s proprietary, eco-friendly cultivation process for plant protein enables water savings of up to 90% in comparison with most prominent vegetable protein alternatives, such as soy. “We designed a precise hydroponics cultivation …

Company Announcement, Conservation, Vegetables, water, Water Management

2016 Named International Year of the Pulses

Taylor Truckey

2016 has been declared as the International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations. Pulses are edible grain legumes – think pinto, kidney, garbanzo, lentils, and peas. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization wants the public to recognize pulses “as a primary source of protein, fiber, and other essential nutrients.” “We want to increase awareness of the importance of …

Agribusiness, Food, Vegetables

Cambridge Consultants Develops Breakthrough Robot

Kelly Marshall

The product design and development firm, Cambridge Consultants, has created a breakthrough in the food chain.  The team there has created a robot designed to handle complex tasks like sorting fruits and vegetables or removing specific weeds from a field. “Traditional robots struggle when it comes to adapting to deal with uncertainty,” said Chris Roberts, head of industrial robotics at …

Agribusiness, Fruit, Robot, Vegetables

Syngenta Introduces Orondis Fungicide

Kelly Marshall

Orondis fungicide from Syngenta has been approved for use by the EPA as the first fungicide in the FRAC group U15.  The fungicide was created to control soil and foliar disease in vegetables, potatoes and tobacco.  Orondis is expected to be available for the 2016 season, pending states’ approval. Orondis contains the active ingredient oxathiapiprolin and offers a new mode of …

Agribusiness, Fungicides, Syngenta, Vegetables

Harvest After Rain Enhances Food Safety

John Davis

New research shows that waiting to harvest after a rain enhances food safety. This news release from Cornell University says rain or irrigation creates soil conditions that are more hospitable to Listeria monocytogenes, which when ingested may cause the human illness Listeriosis. Waiting to harvest crops reduces the risk of exposure to the pathogen, which could land on fresh produce. …

Agribusiness, Fruit, Vegetables