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Cover photo for Apple Thinning Update: 4/30/19

Apple Thinning Update: 4/30/19

Output from the Carbon Balance Model for four sites in western NC (Apple Wedge, Flat Rock, Sugarloaf, and Moravian …

Cover photo for Post-Bloom Thinning Update: 4.28.19

Post-Bloom Thinning Update: 4.28.19

Post-Bloom Thinning Update The majority of post-bloom chemical thinning decisions will likely occur this week. The forecast calls for relatively …

Rosy apple aphid damage on apple leaves

Insect Concerns at Petal Fall

Petal fall is an important time for control of the plum curculio and first generation oriental fruit moth (OFM). …

Cover photo for Apple Disease Update: Petal Fall

Apple Disease Update: Petal Fall

The good news this week is that according to infection models, primary scab season is over for all locations …

Photo of apple trees

Pre-Bloom Insecticide Options

Prebloom is an important time for preventive management of several key insect and mite pests that can cause problems …

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Figure 1. Typical tomato washing and sizing line.

Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Field- and Greenhouse-Grown Tomatoes

This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, shippers and processors with energy-efficient handling and …

Figure 1. Bulk pallet bin of cabbage in the packing house.

Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Cabbage and Leafy Greens

This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, shippers and processors with energy-efficient handling and …

Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Peppers

This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, shippers and processors with energy-efficient handling and …

Figure 1. Rate of temperature change for three cooling methods.

Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Apples

This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, shippers and processors with energy-efficient handling and …

Figure 1. Room cooling.

Proper Postharvest Cooling and Handling Methods

This publication provides information on cooling basics, common produce cooling methods and other steps for …

Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Green Beans and Field Peas

This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, shippers and processors with energy-efficient handling and …