Updated: April 15, 2024

April 2024 | Volume 15, Issue 1

  • Vegetable Production Guide

    Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations (EB-236)

  • Allium leafminer (Napomyza gymnostoma)

    IPM Vegetable and Fruit Scouting Tips

    Allium leafminer (Napomyza gymnostoma
    Photo: Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

  • Raspberry bush

    Spray Program for Multi-Small Fruit Plantings

2024 National Agritourism Survey Seeking Input From Farms That Welcome Visitors

U.S. agricultural and aquaculture operators who welcome visitors — whether for on-farm education, direct sales, entertainment, recreation, special events and more — are invited to provide input about the forms of support they access and the challenges they face via an online survey, which will remain open until April 30, 2024. This survey is part of a collaborative project led by Penn State with the University of Vermont, Oklahoma State University, the University of Maine, Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, and other partners across the country. The goal of the project is to develop research-based information and guidance for farmers looking to diversify their incomes through agritourism activities. If you work with agritourism or aquatourism operators, please help spread the word. Below is some text you could share with your networks. Thank you for your assistance!


Apple Maturity Assessments
Video Length: 5:54  |  Date: September 19, 2023
Description: In this video, two graduate students at the #FarcuhLab, at @agnrmaryland demonstrate how to determine apple harvest maturity and optimal harvest dates by using different maturity indices, including changes in fruit background and surface color, fruit firmness, starch contents, and soluble solids contents. This is important as an individual maturity index cannot explain the true maturity status of an apple. These indices should be monitored at least 4 weeks before the anticipated commercial harvest. Happy harvesting!

Vegetable & Fruit News, April 2024, Volume 15, Issue 1 (pdf)

Vegetable & Fruit News is a research-based publication for the commercial vegetable and fruit industry available electronically from April through October.  Published by the University of Maryland Extension Agriculture and Food Systems team.

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Emily Zobel
University of Maryland Extension Agent - Dorchester County
501 Court Lane, Room 208
Cambridge, MD 21613
Phone: (410) 410-228-8800
Email: ezobel@umd.edu

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