At times, it is necessary to transport or store different commodities together. In such mixed loads it is very important to combine only those commodities that are compatible with respect to their requirements for:
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
Temperature management is one of the most critical factors in successful production of many high tunnel crops. While raising the minimum temperature is important, keeping the maximum temperature from exceeding a range optimum for crop growth is equally important. Since high tunnels are passively vented through sidewalls and endwalls, air temperature and humidity can affect crop growth, nutrient and water uptake, pollination, fruit ripening and pest outbreaks.
West Virginia University
Production of the 2012 asparagus crop is forecast at 759,000 cwt, down 10 percent from 2011. Area harvested, at 25,300 acres, is down 7 percent from last year. Fresh production, at 626,000 cwt, is down 7 percent from 2011. Processed production, at 6,650 tons, is down 22 percent from last year.
USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service
In a companion article in this issue, Michael Porter’s Five Forces model plus two additional forces were used to analyze fundamental forces for change in the fresh produce supply chain (see article by this author titled Fundamental Forces Affecting U.S. Fresh Produce Growers and Marketers).
Choices, The Magazine of Food, Farm, and Resource Issues