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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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Pre-Season Disease Clean-Up

Orchard clean up during the fall and winter months, can save some apple disease-associated headaches during the season. From …

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Fire Blight Survey-Urgent Please Respond!

Dear Southeastern Apple Growers: A U.S. research team including plant pathologists, horticulturalists, and economists has been formed to address and …

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Figure 2. Fitting the top in place.

Cool and Ship: A Low-Cost, Portable Forced-Air Cooling Unit

This publication gives instruction for building and using an inexpensive postharvest cooling system. The cool …

Figure 1. The effects of temperature on the growth of Monolinia

Chlorination and Postharvest Disease Control

At present, chlorination is one of the few chemical options available to help manage postharvest …

Figure 1. Liquid icing single cartons of produce.

Crushed and Liquid Ice Cooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Typical conventional hydrocooler.

Hydrocooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Cooling time for various airflow rates.

Forced-Air Cooling

This publication covers the characteristics and benefits of forced-air cooling to cool fresh produce to …

Figure 1. Common produce packages.

Design of Room Cooling Facilities: Structural & Energy Requirements

Proper temperature control is essential to protecting the quality of fresh produce. By constructing and …

Roses for North Carolina

Sooner or later most home gardeners think about growing roses. Landscape uses are quite varied …

Hints for Fall-Planted Spring and Early Summer Flowering Bulbs

This publication offers guidelines on planning a garden and buying bulbs, as well as planting …