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.
Field Notes – August 2016
In the heat of August, activity in the garden winds down, and livestock stick to the shade. It’s a good time for planning, and this month, we offer some ideas for inspiration.
David Redhage shares his experience with setting up effective bluebird houses.
The livestock program has published a new fact sheet on grazing management. It details the practices used on the Kerr ranch, as well as the thinking behind them.
Even in the dog days of summer, there are native plants in flower, providing nectar and pollen to pollinators. Our guide to flowering periods can point you to some of the most prominent species.
A new national cover crop survey provides more evidence in support of the practice – including increased crop yields.Field Notes – August 2016 (PDF, 450 KB)