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Archive of posts published in the category: Emmalea Ernest
Jun
4

March Sussex Beginning Farmer Workshop

Gordon Johnson and Emmalea Ernest demonstrating two types of hand planters. Jab-planters use a narrow funnel to deliver each seed into the dirt through an alligator-like mouth at the opposite end. You jab the end into the ground, drop a seed down the…

Feb
6

2014 Baby Lima Quality Evaluation

On December 16, 2014 six representatives of from the four regional vegetable processing companies that that pack lima beans evaluated blanched and frozen samples of many of the baby lima varieties tested for yield in the 2014 trial. Four commercially frozen samples, purchased from…

Feb
6

2014 Fordhook Quality Evaluation

On December 16, 2014 six representatives of from the four regional vegetable processing companies that that pack lima beans evaluated blanched and frozen samples of the Fordhook varieties tested for yield in the 2014 trial. Two commercially frozen samples, purchased from local grocery…

Mar
12

Not Just for Car Dealerships Anymore?

Fruit Grower News featured an article about research being done  in Michigan and New York on a new method to prevent bird damage to fruit. Researchers from Cornell University and Michigan State University are working with growers to test the use of “inflatable dancers”,…

Feb
26

New Video on Processing Sweet Corn Research

Last year we made a video about our processing pea trials. This year’s offering features some research we have done over the past several years on processing sweet corn variety selection and the effects of stand reduction on yield.  Check out the new…

Jan
30

Gallery of Watermelon Varieties

These varieties have been tested in our watermelon trials and are recommended for production on Delmarva. The varieties are listed by maturity group. Those designated “High Quality” had average brix of 11.5% or more in the majority of years they were trialed. Disease…

Jan
28

2014 Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations Available

The updated Delaware Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations are available. As usual, this year’s guide includes updated insect, disease and weed control information as well as new variety recommendations. There are also new variety tables, including disease resistance information, days to maturity and quality…

Jun
17

Blueberry Educational Meeting at Bennett Orchards

On Saturday, June 8 the rain held of long enough for us to have a nice blueberry educational meeting and tour the three year old planting at Bennett Orchards in Frankford, Delaware. If you missed the meeting you can check out these links…

May
1

Pole Lima Bean Landraces

Over the past several years a number of people have generously given me seed of pole lima bean varieties that they have grown and maintained.  In some cases these varieties have been grown by the family for more than 100 years.  As part…

Apr
15

Processing Vegetable Yields 1918-2011

I compiled the historic Delaware yield data for processing peas, green baby limas and sweet corn and developed the two charts below, which show the annual yields and a 5-year running average.  There has been a yield gain of about 4 tons/A for…