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.
Water and Irrigation Systems for Market Farming
This presentation by Luke Freeman, from the Oklahoma Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program, discusses watering needs and approaches for small-scale horticultural crops. It opens with a summary of moisture-conserving techniques, and then covers water sources (surface, ground, or rural/city), pumping systems, filtration systems, and distribution systems (drip vs. sprinkler), as well as soil moisture monitoring and crop critical moisture periods.Water and Irrigation Systems for Market Farming