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6/28/2016 12:00:00 AM
The striped blister beetle is usually recognized as a potential toxic contaminant in alfalfa in mid-July, but potatoes and tomatoes are also high on its food list. A swarm of them recently defoliated potatoes and then turned to tomatoes in a Graves County garden. Read more on the pest from this Kentucky Pest News article.

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6/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Closed refrigerated display cases can save on retail energy costs and better preserve the quality of fresh-cut packs. Find out more on these valuable research findings from this Packer report.

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6/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Packaging technologies can only work with good refrigeration at every link of the chain - starting at the farm. Read more on storage techniques from this Vegetable Grower News article.

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6/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Schools across the country are using Smarter Lunchroom tactics to encourage kids to make healthier choices. Find out more on the tactics and how they work from this Packer report.

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6/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
In addition to blossom drop, high temperature and high light intensity contribute to sunscald injury, uneven ripening, and cracking of tomato fruit. To protect tomatoes from damage caused by excessive heat, we placed 30% black shade cloth on top of the high tunnel. Read more on whether you should do this or not from this Vegetable Crops Hotline article.

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6/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
Plantings for fall harvested vegetables will be underway in the next few weeks. Timing these plantings can be a challenge, especially where multiple harvests are needed. Read more on their timing from this Weekly Crop Update article.

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6/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
It was not too much of a surprise to see some hail damage to vegetables after the storms that rolled through the area. The damage on tomatoes and onions that Jerry Burst saw was very characteristic of damage from pea-size hail. More details on the damage can be found in this Weekly Crop Update article.

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6/23/2016 12:00:00 AM
Arkansas tomato plants have been hit harder by a destructive fungal disease this season, but the effect on markets, if any, remains unclear. Read more on the finding from this Packer story.

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6/23/2016 12:00:00 AM
Rounds - Vine-ripes continue to cross through Baja and McAllen. Quality is good across the west. Mature Greens are now in full production out of California, however will need continued observation of the weather as higher than normal temperatures will continue. FOB prices remain low this week but are expected to tick upward next week should there be any damage from the heat. Romas - Supplies continue to be good and FOB prices are currently low however we could see an increase if the mature green market is affected. Quality is very good. Grapes - Supplies continue out of McAllen and Baja. We continue to see some quality issues. Cherries - FOB prices generally steady with upward pressure. Quality is only fair.

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6/21/2016 12:00:00 AM
Every day, there is someone going to the doctor, hearing from the white-coated medical professional that the patient needs to eat more fruits and vegetables. At the same time, younger consumers are naturally inclined toward fresh, organic and local. Read more on these trends from this Packer story.

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