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Late blight of tomato and potato has become a more serious and common problem over the past few years. Researchers and extension agents at UMass have been working to document late blight outbreaks, better understand the pathogen biology, and facilitate best management practices to reduce impacts of late blight epidemics. The short survey below aims to find out how your farm has been affected and how you have managed this disease, as well as how the UMass Extension Vegetable Program can better serve the needs of those impacted by late blight. Please respond with the 2012 and 2013 growing seasons in mind. Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey, found at the link below!
UMass Vegetable Extension and UMass Building Sciences are collaborating on research addressing produce storage in New England. Our first focus of study is to determine what kinds of storage facilities currently exist. To gather this information we have written a survey that will allow us to achieve two goals.
1. Determine what storage facilities and storage methods are currently prevalent. With this information we will be able to see what positive and negative trends exist and how these trends may be improved and grown upon.
2. Offer an energy audit of each respondent’s storage. The information gathered will allow for an energy report of the storage and measure its efficiency and estimated cost of operation. From this information, the respondents will be able to determine what viable steps may be taken to improve their produce storage facilities.
The survey is available now by following the web link posted here: UMass Vegetable Extension Food Storage Survey. The survey should take about twenty minutes to complete.