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Nematology lab at Purdue University will be closing at the end of June. The first of June is the last day the lab will accept samples. A list of private and public nematology labs can be found here. Please contact these labs for their requirements for nematode sample submission. Click here to view the listing for private and public nematology laboratories.

Figure 1. Seedling tray covered in light foam material for shipping.

Thinking of sending samples of your vegetables to the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab for diagnosis or insect ID? Here are some tips to help the samples arrive in the best possible condition for testing. Fill out a sample submission form. Download at: https://ag.purdue.edu/btny/ppdl/Pages/physicalspecimens.aspx If sending more than one kind of plant or problem be sure to label each bag specifically and fill out a separate form. The PPDL is closed on weekend so if you are sending samples make sure you send them early in the week so they are not in transit over a weekend. Express delivery (next day or second day) is preferred for samples that may not hold up well. You are also welcome to deliver samples to us on campus. See our website for location, parking and other information. Information we need to make the most of your sample: Symptoms you are seeing (your main[Read More…]

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The Purdue Initiative for Family Firms (PIFF) is a new initiative in Purdue’s College of Agriculture, housed in the Department of Agricultural Economics. PIFF is an integrated research, outreach, and teaching program. It offers educational programs that address the major competencies needed for effective family business ownership and management. The goal of the initiative is to prepare family business stakeholders—strategically, financially, and emotionally—for the significant and sometimes unpredictable transitions and decisions that must be made, which determine the success and continuity of the family business. PIFF provides multi-generational family businesses with research-based business management resources aimed at improving personal leadership performance and driving operational growth. PIFF’s ambition is to prepare family business owners, managers, and stakeholders (including non-owner spouses and future owners) to be effective stewards of their family enterprises. PIFF publishes a quarterly newsletter that will house an article from each part of the pie, found on the PIFF[Read More…]

Late summer is a time when vegetable growers spend much of their time harvesting produce. Many growers, however, also find it is necessary to apply pesticides. All pesticides label state a preharvest interval (PHI) on the label. This is the amount of time, in days, between the time the fruit is sprayed with a pesticides and the time it can be harvested. That is, after a pesticide is applied to a vegetable crop, a specific amount of days must pass before the fruit is harvested. This article will breifly describe how PHIs are determined, give some examples of PHIs and list a couple of questions about PHIs. I have used examples of vegetable crops and fungicides, however, the same concepts apply to apply to all pesticides and all produce. The reason the US EPA determines PHIs is to ensure that produce that is consumed does not have unsafe pesticide residues. The first step in determining a[Read More…]

Every year since 1980, we have conducted watermelon and cantaloupe variety trials at Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center. In 2016, our variety trials include 44 standard seedless watermelons, 12 cantaloupes, 4 mini-sized seedless watermelons, and 5 seeded watermelon varieties. Seeds have already been planted in the greenhouses and our target date for transplanting in the field will be the week of May 9th. The fruit will become ripe around the middle of July. If you are interested in observing how each variety performs during the season, don’t hesitate to come to visit us and witness the plots first hand. We will continue to present the results of our variety trials, as in the past, at the annual meeting held at the Southwest Purdue Ag Center in late November or early December but don’t miss the opportunity to visualize them during the growing season. In the winter meeting, we will discuss yield[Read More…]

High Tunnel Tour at SWPAC Location: Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center, 4369 North Purdue Road, Vincennes, IN 47591 Date: May 9, 2016, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST Please join us for a high tunnel tour at Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center. You will see state-of-the-art high tunnels, learn about season extension of strawberry production under high tunnels and early season frost protection by using row covers. We will also discuss the potential of grafted tomatoes and cucumbers grown in high tunnels. The tour is free, to register please call (812) 886-0198. For more information please contact Wenjing Guan at guan40@purdue.edu.   Hops Workshop Location: 8508 Trentman Road, Fort Wayne, IN 45816 Date: April 16, 2016, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST Topics to be covered include: obtaining and establishing rhizomes and transplants; soil tests and nutrient management plants; weed management; downy mildew management plans; when and how to train bines. The[Read More…]

The Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Rule addresses many issues with regard produce food safety. One issue not addressed is the issue of biological soil amendments of animal origin (i.e. manure). When issuing the rule, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chose to leave blank those portions of the rule dealing with the required interval between manure application and harvest of covered crops pending a comprehensive risk assessment by the agency. FDA has initiated its comprehensive risk assessment process by publishing a request for scientific data, information, and comments in the Federal Register on March 4. There will, most likely, be other requests for comments as FDA investigates the issue and incorporates its findings into the produce rule. The entire request, along with instructions for submitting comments, can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/03/04/2016-04712/risk-assessment-of-foodborne-illness-associated-with-pathogens-from-produce-grown-in-fields-amended  

In January 2016, Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, otherwise known as the Produce Rule, became law. This rule, as part of the Food Safety and Modernization Act, sets a standard for produce food safety. Not all growers are covered by the rule. An excellent flowchart to help determine coverage may be found at http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/UCM472499.pdf. For those growers who are covered by the rule, there is a training requirement. Growers will have from 2-4 years, depending on farm size (defined by gross sales), to comply with training requirements. The general requirement of the produce rule is that all personnel who handle covered produce (i.e. commodities covered under the rule) or food contact surfaces or are engaged in supervision of those personnel must receive adequate training, appropriate to the person’s duties, upon hiring and at least once annually thereafter.  The rule goes on to say that personnel must[Read More…]

In January 2016, Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, otherwise known as the Produce Rule, became law. This rule, as part of the Food Safety and Modernization Act, sets a standard for produce food safety. Not all growers are covered by the rule. An excellent flowchart to help determine coverage may be found at http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/UCM472499.pdf.  Those growers who are covered by the rule will have from 2-4 years, depending on farm size (defined by gross sales), to be in compliance. All growers will then receive an additional 2 years to comply with the water testing component of the rule. The water testing component of the produce rule requires growers to regularly test irrigation water. Growers irrigating with surface water (ponds, lakes, streams, ditches) are required to collect and test 20 samples over a two-year period in order to establish a baseline. Once the baseline is established, 5 samples[Read More…]

Food Safety Program A series of workshops will help produce marketers better understand food safety practices to lower the risk of contamination by a foodborne illness. Workshop “On-Farm Food Safety for Produce Direct Marketers” will be held on the following dates and locations (all times local): * March 23: Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne; 9 a.m.; James Wolff at 260-481-6826. * March 24: Kosciusko County Extension Office, 202 W. Main St., Warsaw; 6:30 p.m.; Kelly Heckaman, 574-372-2340. * April 5: Harrison County Extension Office, 247 Atwood St., Corydon; 6 p.m.; Miranda Ulery, 812-738-4236. * April 26: Morgan County Administration Building, 180 S. Main St., Martinsville; 7 p.m.; Amanda Dickson, 765-342-1010. * April 28: Posey County Fairgrounds, 111 Harmony Township Road, New Harmony; time to be announced. Jon Neufelder, 812-838-1331. There is no cost, registration is available at http://bit.ly/1nhXZyt. For any additional questions, contact Scott Monroe at jsmonroe@purdue.edu or 812-886-0198.   Workshop: Solar Energy[Read More…]

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