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An August Update From the Director

Pardon our Progress If you’ve been by the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Henderson County office lately, you may have noticed …

Cover photo for 2019 Blackberry Field Day-Mills River

2019 Blackberry Field Day-Mills River

NC Commercial Blackberry & Raspberry Growers Association presents the 2019 Blackberry Field Day Friday, September 13, 2019, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., …

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Featured New Farm: Tiny Bridge

Tiny Bridge Farm profile, Hendersonville, NC Ed Graves and KP Whaley Submitted by Nicole DelCogliano Organic Growers School Ed Graves …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

Land Application of Municipal Sludge: Advantages and Concerns

This factsheet explains how proper land application of municipal biosolids can protect public health and …

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Devrinol (napropamide)

This pesticide factsheet covers the use and characteristics of Devrinol (napropamide).

Starch iodine staining pattern used to determine apple maturity.

Maximizing Your SmartFresh℠ Investments

SmartFresh℠ (1-methylcyclopropene, MCP) is a relatively new tool for postharvest management of apples. In 2002, …

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Cool and Ship: A Low-Cost, Portable Forced-Air Cooling Unit

This publication gives instruction for building and using an inexpensive postharvest cooling system. The cool …

Figure 1. The effects of temperature on the growth of Monolinia

Chlorination and Postharvest Disease Control

At present, chlorination is one of the few chemical options available to help manage postharvest …

Figure 1. Liquid icing single cartons of produce.

Crushed and Liquid Ice Cooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Typical conventional hydrocooler.

Hydrocooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Cooling time for various airflow rates.

Forced-Air Cooling

This publication covers the characteristics and benefits of forced-air cooling to cool fresh produce to …