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The points of contact between Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service and the grower & business communities are the NJ County Agricultural Agents. The agents are a tremendous source of information for both new and experienced growers. Visit your local county extension office.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Getting a Handle on Geese and Turkeys

Last night at the directors' meeting of the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey, there was a discussion about the growing issue of damage to crops by geese and turkeys.
-- Rick VanVranken

Aphids found in lettuce field and pepper transplants

On Tuesday, May 3 aphids were found in lettuce fields in South Eastern Gloucester County. On the same day aphids were found on pepper transplants in a greenhouse in the same region. High temperatures on Tuesday increased aphid activity.  Heavy rains the next day reduced populations in the field and cooler temperatures should slow aphids in the short term. Monitor fields for aphids and other pests brought on by warmer temperatures.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Expanded Label for Presidio

The EPA has expanded the label for Presidio (fluopicolide, FRAC code 43) for use on Brassica Leafy Vegetables, Root and Tuber Vegetables, Potatoes, and Carrots. This Supplemental label also reduced the rotational interval for wheat from 18 months to 30 days.
Presidio Fungicide Supplemental Label
Andy Wyenandt

Monday, May 2, 2011

Food safety auditing in produce- is it working?

Due to a proactive industry response, including training by Rutgers Cooperative Extension and a model third party audit system developed with the NJ Dept of Agriculture, Garden State growers seem to be ahead of the curve in adopting and understanding the importance of food safety practices. Other producers may be struggling a bit more with the concepts, as indicated by a safefoodblog post forwarded by FL Ag Agent Gene McAvoy.
--Rick VanVranken