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Effect of Wrapping Materials and Cold Storage Durations on Quality of Plum (cv. Shablon)

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This study was conducted on the effect of wrapping material and cold storage duration on plum (cv. Shablon) during cold storage at -1°C temperature and 98% relative humidity. Three wrapping materials (news paper + straw, kraft paper and kraft paper + straw) and five cold storage durations (0, 8, 16, 24 and 32-day) were investigated for some quality characteristics of plum including water content, total soluble solids (TSS) and firmness. The experiment was laid out in Factorial Completely Randomized Design (FCRD) with four replications for each one of factors.

Authors: 
Fariborz Naserzaeim
Authors: 
Majid Rashidi
Authors: 
Saeed Sayfzadeh
Publisher: 
Agricultural Engineering Research Journal
Year: 
2,015

Postharvest cooling and handling of field- and greenhouse-grown tomatoes

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Although considered a vegetable by most people, tomatoes are actually the fruit of several plants of the genus Lycopersicon. Tomatoes are one of the leading produce items in the United States in terms of value and volume consumes. Preserving the quality of the fruit from vine to consumer is essential to successful marketing. This fact sheet describes harvesting, handling, storage, and packaging procedures that will help maintain fruit quality. It also discusses the economic aspects of marketing the crop.

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Authors: 
M.D. Boyette
Authors: 
D.C. Sanders
Authors: 
E.A. Estes
Publisher: 
North Carolina State University

Greenhouse Substrates and Fertilization

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Everyone seems to be searching for the ideal plant mix. The criteria are simple: make a mix with good aeration, that doesn’t dry out too quickly, can be used in all cell sizes, contains all the nutrients necessary, can be used for all species of and stores indefinitely. All that is needed is a substrate that is not affected by other forces in the greenhouse; a mix that does not change with cultural practices. Obviously, trying to make the mix totally responsible for air, water and nutrition will be unsuccessful.

Authors: 
D. A. Bailey
Authors: 
W. C. Fonteno
Authors: 
P. V. Nelson
Publisher: 
North Carolina State University
Year: 
2,002

Center-Pivot-Irrigated Dry-Edible Bean Cost-Return Budget in Western Kansas

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The information in this projected budget reflects expected income and costs based on typical production practices in the region. These values should be used as a guide, but individuals are encouraged to use their own values reflecting their specific land productive capabilities and farming system when looking at the potential costs and returns for their operations.

Authors: 
Department of Agricultural Economics of Kansas State University
Publisher: 
Kansas State University
Year: 
2,015

Is Indian tea (chai) detrimental to dietary iron absorption?

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Indian tea preparation involves addition of milk to brewed black tea. It is a well-known fact that individually both tea polyphenols and milk proteins inhibit iron absorption by forming complexes with dietary iron, rendering it insoluble in the gut. However, when present in combination these dietary components could have an ambiguous effect of either increasing the available iron by binding each other or decreasing iron availability by showing additive inhibitory effect. Our objective was to investigate effect of milk addition to tea on iron bioavailability using in vitro digestion method.

Authors: 
S. Gaur
Authors: 
D. Miller
Publisher: 
International Food Research Journal
Year: 
2,015

Analysis of Market Chains of Forest Coffee in Southwest Ethiopia

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This study was initiated with the objective of assessing the existing market structure, conduct and Performance of forest coffee; examine its cost and profitability and point out determinants of its Supply and problems in their market chain. Structure-Conduct-performance model and regression analysis were used to analyze the data. The result of the investigation of the market structure indicated that producers, assemblers and wholesalers are the major actors involved in the market chain of coffee.

Authors: 
Zekarias Shumeta
Authors: 
Kaba Urgessa
Authors: 
Zerihun Kebebew
Publisher: 
Academic Journal of Plant Sciences
Year: 
2,012

Effect of Different Tillage Methods on Crop Yield and Yield Components of Watermelon

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A two year field experiment was conducted to investigate the response of crop yield and yield components of watermelon to different tillage methods in the arid lands of Iran. Tillage treatments in the study were moldboard plow + two passes of disk harrow as conventional tillage (CT), two passes of disk harrow as reduced tillage (RT), one pass of disk harrow as minimum tillage (MT) and no-tillage (NT) as direct drilling method.

Authors: 
Fereydoun Keshavarzpour
Publisher: 
Academic Journal of Plant Sciences
Year: 
2,013

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Design of Room Cooling Facilities: Structural & Energy Requirements

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Although cooling increases production cost, it is essential to maintaining high product quality. No amount of cooling, however, will improve poor-quality produce. If you wish to have high-quality produce after cooling and storage, you must start with high-quality produce. Maintaining quality requires harvesting the crop at the correct stage of maturity; handling it with tender, loving care; and quickly cooling it to the proper storage temperature.

Authors: 
M. D. Boyette
Authors: 
L. G. Wilson
Authors: 
E. A. Estes
Publisher: 
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

Blackberry Pruning Diagram

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This graphic will guide growers as they prune blackberry or raspberry plants. It’s a simple, four-step diagram that is easy to follow and reinforces the instructions with images. Growers might consider printing this PDF and posting in appropriate areas of the operation for reference while pruning the plants.

Authors: 
Gina E. Fernandez
Publisher: 
NC State University

Types of Trellises

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Visual examples of the different types of trellises used to grow blackberries and raspberries. Includes dimensions and pictures of each type.

Growers use many trellis support systems to support bramble canes. Your trellising goal is to minimize labor and maximize yield. Each trellis type has its advantages and disadvantages, and most can be modified to suit your needs. Evaluate each trellis system to determine what type best suits your needs.

Authors: 
NC State University
Publisher: 
NC State University
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