Rapid Cooling and Temperature Management

Abbey Taylor Berries, Leafy Vegetables, Peaches, Top Posts

Steven Sargent, a postharvest specialist and professor at the University of Florida, recently spoke on the importance of rapid cooling of leafy vegetables, such as lettuce and basil, after harvest. He also discussed his research on temperature management of Florida blueberries and peaches. Sargent discussed two methods of rapid cooling in order to quickly prepare a crop to be sold. …

Water Regulations Affecting the Peach Industry

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts, Water

Water issues in agriculture challenge even the smallest of farming operations, and the peach industry is no exception. Kay Rentzel, director of the National Peach Council, spoke on how different parts of the nation’s peach industry are suffering from various aspects of water regulations. “It just depends on which side of the country you are on,” said Rentzel. “In some …

Southeast Farmers Trying Non-Traditional Options

Kelsey Fry Stone Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

It seems that more and more farming operations are transitioning out of row crops in the Southeast in search of new business within the agricultural industry. Specialty crops has been one of those highlighted areas that is rapidly gaining popularity. While at the Southeast regional fruit and Vegetable Conference, Jon Harris, with AgSouth Farm Credit, stated that, “As we’ve seen …

Labor Tops Peach Industry Issues

Kelsey Fry Labor, Peaches, Top Posts

At the 2017 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Kay Rentzel, managing director for the National Peach Council, addressed the regulatory issues facing the peach industry. The frontrunner was labor. She explained the importance of labor in the peach industry and the legal struggle to have guest workers present in the field. “Labor is critical to all of us in …