Amanda J Deering

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Figure 2. Pooling of water.Pooling is the collection of water in a low area of the field as is shown in a low corner of this asparagus planting.

Recent heavy rains across much of the state have resulted in widespread ponding and flooding in fields. This creates multiple considerations for those growing produce for fresh consumption.  Flooding and pooling create food safety challenges because of their potential to introduce contaminants (i.e. risk) into the production system. However, with proper management, many of these risks can be mitigated. Following heavy rains, growers should first determine if water in their fields is the result of pooling or flooding. Pooling is more common than flooding.  Pooled water generally accumulates in lower areas of the field or between rows, especially if raised beds are used. The key distinction between flood water and pooled water is that flood water originates from an uncontrollable source such as a river or creek.  Standing water that originated from a river or creek would still be considered flood water. Pooled water can cause damage to crops, but[Read More…]


The North Central Regional FSMA Center is again seeking fresh produce growers input in order to determine how they can help growers comply with the Produce Safety Rule of FSMA.  This is the second survey for fresh produce growers and will take about 5 minutes to complete. Your inputs, whether you responded to the first survey or not, are needed to develop useful and relevant materials for producers like you!  We recognize your time is valuable so as a token of appreciation we will hold drawings after each survey round and award three participants a $50 gift card. Note entry in the drawing will require that you provide your name and contact information.  There will be an optional link at the end of the survey for you to enter your information.  Your contact information is NOT tied to your responses and participation in the survey is completely voluntary.  Any questions should be[Read More…]


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Amanda Deering is the Indiana Leader for the North Central Region Center for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Training, Extension and Technical Assistance. As the state leader, she is responsible for identifying and notifying partner organizations, businesses, and agencies in Indiana that can assist with communicating and disseminating information about FSMA to fruit and vegetable producers. In addition, the Center is asking growers to complete a brief, anonymous survey to introduce fruit and vegetable growers to the Center and to help them determine if they will need to comply with the FSMA Produce Rule. This will also help determine the top educational needs in Indiana.  The survey can be found at http://qeasttrial.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8FWKOX9AYADrWqF. We recognize that your time is extremely valuable so as a token of appreciation, the Center will hold a drawing and award three participants a $50 gift card. Note entry in the drawing will require that you provide your name[Read More…]