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Cracked fruit are not marketable, unless the cracks are very small. Cracks can be described as radial - those that radiate from the stem end and move downwards, and those that are concentric - with rings around the stem end of the fruit. Both types are signs of poor water relations in the plant. Uneven watering will promote fruit cracking, so be sure that plants are getting enough water. Sometimes, plants get enough water by the end of the day, but the interval between watering is too long, causing plants to wilt between watering cycles. Many growers water as often as once every 30 or 60 minutes in hot climates. Cracking can also be promoted by very fast growth, high temperature, a large difference between day and night temperatures, and an inadequate fertilizer program. Also, some varieties are more prone to radial or concentric cracking, or both.

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Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Farmers Markets, Greenhouse Tomatoes, Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Other Vegetables August 17, 2017

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Produce growers, packers, industry suppliers and others can learn the requirements of the new federal Produce Safety Rule during one of three upcoming workshops around the state.

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Greenhouse Tomatoes January 18, 2017

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Greenhouse tomato growers and other interested individuals are invited to attend the 27th annual Mississippi Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 7 and 8.

Experts with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and Auburn University will present the latest production information. Experienced growers and industry professionals from around the U.S. also will speak.

The short course will be at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center, located at 1500 Raymond Lake Road in Raymond.

Filed Under: Green Industry, Greenhouse Tomatoes February 12, 2015

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Greenhouse tomato growers and other interested individuals can learn all aspects of production during the 25th annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 3 and 4 in Raymond.

Experts from the tomato industry, the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and Auburn University will present the latest production information.

The workshop will be held at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center at 1500 Raymond Lake Road in Raymond.

Filed Under: Greenhouse Tomatoes February 5, 2014

JACKSON – Greenhouse tomato growers can learn everything from greenhouse design to budgeting during the 24th annual Mississippi Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 4-5 in Raymond.

Experts from the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the University of Florida Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Auburn University and the tomato industry will present information to help current growers and those interested in starting a greenhouse tomato business.

Filed Under: Greenhouse Tomatoes January 31, 2013

RAYMOND -- Tomato growers from around the world will attend Mississippi State University’s 23rd annual national Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 5 and 6 at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, Miss.

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