Monthly Archives: January 2016

MSU workshop teaches grape pruning basics


MSU workshop teaches grape pruning basics

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Mississippi State University Extension Service invites grape growers in the state to a pruning workshop to be held Feb. 3 in Beaumont.

The event will cover the basics of vine anatomy and pruning techniques for bunch grapes and muscadines. After the presentations, in-field demonstrations will show participants correct pruning techniques. Novice and seasoned growers are invited to attend.

The event will be held at the MSU Beaumont Horticultural Unit in Perry County from 10 a.m. to noon. There is no cost to attend, and no preregistration is required. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather expected, as part of the workshop will be spent outdoors.

The Beaumont Horticultural Unit is located at 478 Highway 15 in Beaumont. Contact Eric Stafne at 601-403-8939 or for more information.

Farm in a box: Shipping containers reused for fresh produce – Houston Chronicle


Freight Farms and other indoor agriculture companies are looking to meet the growing demand for high-quality, locally grown and sustainable produce by farming fruits and vegetables in non-traditional spaces such as warehouses, industrial buildings and containers. The company says its Leafy Green Machine helps farmers produce a consistently bountiful crop — roughly the typical yield of an acre of farmland — while using 90 percent less water, no pesticides, and just 320 square feet of space. Most Freight Farm customers are growing high turnover, compact crops the company recommends — lettuce; hearty greens like kale, cabbage and Swiss chard; and herbs like mint, basil and oregano — and selling them to local restaurants and groceries and at community markets, according to McNamara and Friedman. Jon Niedzielski, who heads the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in Massachusetts, says his office has already approved a handful of loans to farmers using Freight Farms’ containers. Industry experts caution that upfront costs and annual operational expenses like electricity for lighting systems that often run 18 hours a day can mean slim profit margins for would-be farmers.

Source: Farm in a box: Shipping containers reused for fresh produce – Houston Chronicle

Know Your Local Garlic Growers!


From my colleague’s MarketMaker blog! Thanks, Ben!

Mississippi MarketMaker Blog

U.S. Garlic Consumption

According to Penn State Extension, “garlic consumption has quadrupled in the United States since 1980 and now stands at about 2 pounds per capita. Around 24,000 to 26,000 acres of garlic are planted annually in the United States with total production of around 400 million pounds. U.S. production is concentrated in California, with smaller acreages in Oregon, Nevada, Washington, and New York. About one-half of U.S. garlic production is sold in the fresh market; the other half is dehydrated. At the wholesale level, garlic is normally traded as 5-, 22-, and 30-pound boxes; 3-pound ropes and braids; and cases of 48 2-bulb boxes.”

The Fruit and Vegetable Market News published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that at the Atlanta Terminal Wholesale Market on Dec. 4, 2015, the “garlic market was about steady”. 30-pound cartons of California White jumbo were selling at 54.00-56.50.  Different wholesale prices…

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