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 – June 2017
As summer looms, many thoughts turn to water. For this month’s issue, we focus on some farm- and ranch-related aspects of that life-giving liquid.
We highlight a report full of advice on how to protect the ecological benefits of streamside vegetation from thirsty livestock.
Next, we focus in on one way to achieve that, by putting watering points in more pastures.
Finally, we point to the results of an heirloom sorghum variety trial – which included assessing the crop’s resistance to a tropical storm!
But first of all, check out David Redhage’s advice on trying new crops.Field Notes – June 2017 (PDF, 500 KB)