The latest edition of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station’s Inspired magazine and research report is here! The latest edition explores station research into horticulture management and the potential impacts to New Hampshire of growing new crops in the region and using new tools and practices in the growth and harvesting of favorite New England crops. Download and learn what's inside on our Inspired webpage.
What types of crop and plant research are taking place at your New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station?
At NHAES, we’re:
Investigating different diseases, pests, and insects impacting New Hampshire’s wild and cultivated plants.
Looking into best practices for growing crops.
Examining the policies that affect the Granite State’s food producers most.
Finding ways to grow crops uniquely adapted to New Hampshire and the Northern New England region.
Studying New Hampshire’s soil and how to maximize its output when growing plants.
And researching genetic and genomic make up of crops and wild plants to combat pests and disease, improve quality and yield, replenish diminished plant species, and prepare plants for changing environments.
Visit the NHAES website to learn more!
“In our latest issue, we’ve highlighted some of the groundbreaking horticulture science taking place at your New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station,” said Anton Bekkerman, director of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station. “Inside, you’ll find horticultural research on topics ranging from using genomics to develop new crops for the New Hampshire region to testing alternative management approaches for strawberries, eggplants, tomatoes and figs, to name a few. We’re incredibly excited to share this research with you.”
Research presented in the report includes:
- The history of UNH’s kiwiberry program and how kiwiberries could be the next fruit cash crop.
- The history of strawberry genetics research at UNH and growing New England-hardy organic and ornamental strawberries.
- Best table grape training systems and cultivars for New Hampshire.
- Management practices for growing figs in cold climates.
- Adapting local, wild weeds into cultivatable crops for New England.
- Best Brussels sprout cultivars for New Hampshire.
- Using a natural seafood byproduct as a biopesticide against diseases affecting fruit trees.
- Best eggplant varieties for growing in high tunnels in the region, as well as pruning and postharvest storing techniques.
- Pruning strategies for tomatoes grown in high tunnels in the region.
- An examination of wood fiber mixtures used as substrates in potted plants.
The authors of the 2022 INSPIRED Horticultural Research Report include NH Agricultural Experiment Station scientists and UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture faculty, staff, students and alumni, UNH Extension staff, and agricultural researchers from other extensions and academic institutions.