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10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
Responding to strong demand for tomato products, California farmers say they appear on track to meet preseason estimates for a record crop of processing tomatoes. Many Central Valley farmers idled land that would have been planted with other crops, in order to save their water for use on tomato fields. With tomato harvest nearly finished, farmers say dry, warm autumn weather also helped their crops.

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10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
The changing of the color of the leaves and the advent of falling temperatures at night along with pumpkin, broccoli, potato and apple harvest signals that cooler weather is just around the corner. This Vegetable, Small Fruit, and Mushroom Production article shares some tips on winterizing irrigation systems so that your system will be ready for next spring.

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10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
Tomatoes are in a "Demand exceeds supply" situation due to various issues throughout all growing regions. Expect problems for the next 10-21 days. In California, the Central Valley will be finishing up production in the next few weeks, while Baja has been severely hit by a hurricane causing some growers to lose up to 50% of their crop. Some product is coming out of McAllen. Central Mexico has not even started production yet. On the East Coast, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina have experienced severe weather issues causing fruit to jeopardize quality with signs of rain check and scarring. Florida has just begun production and will be approximately a week out until product is ready to ship.

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10/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Calling the industry to counter child obesity trends and help their business by participating in the Eat Brighter! initiative, Bryan Silbermann and Cathy Burns teamed up to give the 2014 State of the Industry address at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit. Read more on the address from this Packer article.

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10/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
Heavy rains in Florida and an early end to California deals should keep tomato markets very strong heading into the holidays. Read more on tomato markets from this Packer story.

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10/15/2014 12:00:00 AM
Depending on crop tolerance, a killing frost can result from canopy temperatures dropping 2-5 degrees below freezing for 5-10 minutes, or from a sustained temperature 31.5-32 degrees Fahrenheit lasting 3-5 hours. Read more on freeze damage in vegetables from this MSU Extension article.

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10/15/2014 12:00:00 AM
Fruits and vegetables have long been linked to physical health. A new study by a team of English researchers suggests they also promote mental health. Read more on the research findings from this Packer article.

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10/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
Online grocery sales could account for close to 20% of all grocery sales in the best performing U.S. markets by 2023, according to estimates in a new study. Read more on online sales from this Packer article.

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10/9/2014 12:00:00 AM
Round, Roma, Plum, and Grape: Quality is on the decline due to growing conditions, on the East coast due to rain, in the West due to heat in California and hurricane conditions in Mexico. Roma's continue to demand a premium price. Rounds and Grape tomatoes are trending upwards due to decrease in supply. Prices are strengthening for grape tomatoes also.

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10/3/2014 12:00:00 AM
As authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA will allocate $118 million in grants to support markets and research for specialty crops like fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. Read more on the grants from this Southeast Farm Press article.

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