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Who’s the Boss Mastering Marketing - April 2016 A primary attribute often given for being self-employed is “I’m my own boss.” But, business guru Peter Drucker stated, “The purpose of a business is to have a satisfied customer”. So, whether you’re a farmer, producer, or other type of small business owner; who’s the boss in your business?  Is it you, your customers, or both?
Understanding Grapevine Frost/Freeze Damage   Timely Viticulture Updated: April 7, 2016
Marketing— The Root of All Profits Mastering Marketing - March 2016 I’ve written, taught, and executed marketing ideas and plans for some time now. But, after pages and pages of text and theories, I’ve found marketing really boils down to a couple key concepts executed over three similar categories.  And, marketing is truly the root of all profits in any business.
Generate More “Word of Mouth” Referrals Mastering Marketing - February 2016
Tomato Ripening August 2015
Blossom End Rot in Tomatoes This is just a reminder with the peculiar weather we have had lately with stretches of very high temperatures then cooler days and throw in the very heavy down pours we have had over the last few weeks, blossom end rot can become a real problem in tomatoes.
Crop Development Sampling It is critical to properly monitor and assess the fruit characteristics and maturity to make the appropriate management, harvesting, and winemaking decisions to produce the best quality grapes and wine possible. The first step to assess ripeness and quality is to take a proper sample that best represents the actual ripeness stage of the variety in that vineyard.
Jump Start Your Fall Marketing Season Now Mastering Marketing - August 2015
Plants that Attract Pollinators and Natural Enemies 2015 In this presentation plants that gardeners and growers could use to attract both pollinators and natural enemies to their vegetable crops are discussed.
Disease Management - Botrytis Botrytis is the major disease on a grower's radar screen Infections can occur early in the season during bloom and later in the season from bunch closing on to harvest.
Early Season Insect Management: Flea Beetles Identification and Biology Grape Flea beetles, Altica spp. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), are small (4-5 mm), oval shaped, metallic blue-purple beetles that jump when disturbed. Grape flea beetles overwinter as adults and become active on warm April days when grape buds begin to swell. Adult beetles are most numerous following mild winters.
Early Season Insect Management: Climbing Cutworms This general term applies to the larvae (caterpillars) of a large number of butterfly/moth species (Lepidoptera) in the noctuid family that feed on buds, young shoots and leaves. Cutworm damage most commonly occurs in vineyards with weeds under the trellis or mulch, and in sandy or light colored soils.
Early-Season Disease Management Growers should apply a series of protectant fungicide sprays to new shoots to protect them from several diseases, beginning shortly after bud break.
Garlic Problems in 2015 April 15, 2015
Managing the Weed Seedbank with Cover Crops and Tillage University of Maryland Department of Entomology*Post-DoctoralResearch Associate, **Associate Professor and Extension Specialist  

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