Organic Farm Calls: Squash Vine Borer and IPM Thresholds

Squash Vine Borrer Injury

Squash Vine Borrer Injury

Recently, an organic grower with a variety of squash crops under low tunnels called Ag Agent Meredith Melendez about wilting plant symptoms. The various vine and bush varieties were decimated by squash vine borer (SVB) larvae root damage. Ornamental gourds were especially hard hit.
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Farm Calls: Which fruit crops are best suited for Pick-Your-Own?

Last week Meredith Melendez, Mercer County Ag Agent, fielded this question from a grower who currently runs an organic CSA and is considering adding PYO (pick-your-own) fruit to the farm’s portfolio.

Raspberries are a good option for PYO

Raspberries are a good option for PYO

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agents, including the Agritourism Team, weigh in with specific answers and solid advice.
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Farm Calls: Raised Bed Mulch Layers for High Tunnels

This week a small-farm grower contacted us.

“We own high tunnels and needed information about making beds. Searching the web we found your Rutgers High Tunnels Construction website. It is a great site. I am particularly interested in the bed maker ya’ll used. What brand was it and what was the cost? [Read more…]

Farm Calls: Evidence-Based Agriculture and Full Moon Frosts

This week, Morris County Ag Agent Pete Nitzsche comments that North Jersey spring temperatures have farmers discussing the relationship between the occurrence of a full moon and frost.
There’s good reason for concern. [Read more…]