Facts for Fancy Fruit – A newsletter for commercial and advanced amateur fruit growers
  • Using Row Cover or Sprinkler Irrigation for Cold Protection of Strawberries (May 5, 2020) - Strawberries growing in the matted-row system are in the blooming stage. Open flowers cannot tolerate temperatures lower than 30°F. Strawberry growers should be prepared for the coming low temperatures this week. Row covers can be effective in protecting strawberry flowers. In our earlier trial, 1.5 oz/sq row covers provided 4-6 degrees protection and successfully[Read More... ]
  • Hello MAC-T and Midwest Climate Hub subscribers  (April 7, 2020) - Hello MAC-T and Midwest Climate Hub subscribers, “Warm temperatures this week will be followed by several days of freezing chances this weekend into early next week. This could have one or more nights with freezing and lows well into the 20s in northern areas.” The Midwest Climate Hub alongside our partners have put together an informational briefing helping[Read More... ]
  • NEWS RELEASE: Special to Agriculture Media and Reporters (March 18, 2020) - NEWS RELEASE: Special to Agriculture Media and Reporters March 17, 2020 A guide for local producers to navigate the COVID-19 outbreak WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — COVID-19’s arrival in Indiana has created unprecedented disruption to local production cycles that bring food, fiber, flowers and more to our restaurants, farmers’ markets and communities. Now is the[Read More... ]
  • Weed Science Updates (October 11, 2019) - As the production season winds down there are two weed-related news items that producers should be aware of: New Requirements for Users of Paraquat Herbicide. Paraquat dichloride is the active ingredient in products such as Gramoxone, Devour, Cyclone, and Quik-Quat. Earlier this year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the following changes to paraquat[Read More... ]
  • Attitude, Knowledge, and Barriers towards Value-Adding Business among Indiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers (September 30, 2019) - Have you thought about producing your own value-added products (value-added: further process fresh produce to increase its value)? What’s the challenges for you to start or scale up your own value-adding business? We would like to invite you to participate in the study “Attitude, Knowledge, and Barriers towards Value-Adding Business among Indiana Fruit and[Read More... ]
  • ISDH- The Inspection Process Has Started! (June 14, 2019) - On June 5, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) mailed letters to produce growers having annual food sales over $500,000 informing them that inspections of produce farms would start in July. Due to their sales volume, these growers are expected to be in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule[Read More... ]
  • Eastern Flower Thrips (May 22, 2018) - Eastern flower thrips, an occasional pest of strawberries, have been reported in large numbers in central Indiana. They are attracted to and feed on flowers, with the result being leathery fruit or fruit that fail to ripen. This problem occurs every year at some level but has not been serious since 1994. Eastern flower[Read More... ]
  • Potential IQF Berry Processing for Growers in IN, OH, PA, VA, WV or KY (April 13, 2018) - North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association member Trellis Growing Systems recently won a USDA-AMS Local Foods Promotion Program grant to do a feasibility study for an IQF (individually quick frozen) processing facility to service Midwest berry growers. The facility would be in Circleville, OH.  They have created a survey through PollDaddy to try to determine grower[Read More... ]
  • Facts for Fancy Fruit Yearly Subscription (April 21, 2017) - Facts for Fancy Fruit is a newsletter for commercial and advanced amateur fruit growers. It provides timely information on pest control, production practices, and other topics likely to be of interest to fruit growers. All growers and interested persons are welcome to subscribe. Subscriptions are $15 per year. Subscribers will receive 12-15 issues biweekly[Read More... ]