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Category: Organic Farming and Gardening

Making Melons Safer with Steam

Making Melons Safer with Steam

Steam can more effectively combat food pathogens on cantaloupes than traditional removal methods. That’s the finding of an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist in Pennsylvania. Dike Ukuku and his colleagues have demonstrated that a relatively inexpensive steam cleaner (designed to remove wallpaper and clean outdoor grills) can rid cantaloupes of common pathogens more effectively than existing techniques.

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Cover Crop Survey Reflects Enthusiasm for the Soil-Saving Practice

Cover Crop Survey Reflects Enthusiasm for the Soil-Saving Practice

Insight from 2,020 farmers from across the country reflected enthusiasm for cover crops and—for the fourth year in a row—found a yield boost in corn and soybeans following cover crops. Multi-year data shows the yield boost increases as cover crops are planted year after year, a revelation that points to an appealing long-term benefit of the conservation practice.

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Elderberry Workshop Recap 2016

Elderberry Workshop Recap 2016
A capacity crowd filled the Kerr Center's June 11 elderberry workshop at 360 Farms. Two of Oklahoma's most successful elderberry entrepreneurs, Brent and Valerie Madding, hosted the workshop at their operation in southeastern Muskogee County.…
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Elderberry Workshop Recap

Elderberry Workshop Recap

Thirty people gathered at the Kerr Center on Saturday, September 26, for an in-depth look at all aspects of elderberries as an alternative crop, from propagation and culture through harvest and marketing. This post summarizes the workshop and provides links to resources used during it.

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Scientists Document Benefits of Diverse Rotations

Scientists Document Benefits of Diverse Rotations

Anyone who’s attended a Kerr Center horticulture workshop in the last umpteen years has been exposed to the idea that crop rotations confer numerous benefits both on the soils they’re carried out on, and on the crops that grow in those soils. Studies hot off the academic presses have just added more support to the notion.

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