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R. Karina Gallardo, Eric T. Stafne, Lisa Wasko DeVetter, Qi Zhang, Charlie Li, Fumiomi Takeda, Jeffrey Williamson, Wei Qiang Yang, William O. Cline, Randy Beaudry, and Renee Allen

Increasingly, the availability and cost of labor is straining the specialty crop sector of agriculture. Specialty crops destined for fresh markets are often harvested by hand because of the fragile and perishable nature of the fruit. Interest in

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Marco Fontanelli, Luisa Martelloni, Michele Raffaelli, Christian Frasconi, Marco Ginanni, and Andrea Peruzzi

especially challenging because there is a low tolerance for weed contamination in the marketed crop ( Smith et al., 2009 ). Another challenge with fresh market spinach production is that leaves must not be damaged during weeding operations to avoid

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Aaron Heinrich, Richard Smith, and Michael Cahn

In California, fresh-market spinach is grown throughout the year and accounts for 59% of the total U.S. fresh market production [ U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 2012 ]. In 2010, there were 26,900 acres of fresh market spinach grown in

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Zongyu Li, R. Karina Gallardo, Wendy Hoashi-Erhardt, Vicki A. McCracken, Chengyan Yue, and Lisa Wasko DeVetter

,800 cwt in 2016 [ U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 2018b] . Meanwhile, fresh-market strawberry has grown in importance. During the last 10 years, the value of fresh strawberry grown in Washington and Oregon increased by 142%, from a combined value of

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J.I. Lizaso, K.J. Boote, C.M. Cherr, J.M.S. Scholberg, J.J. Casanova, J. Judge, J.W. Jones, and G. Hoogenboom

markets: fresh, canning, and freezing. The fresh market component accounted for 31% of the production and more than 73% of the production value [ U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), 2005 ]. Sweet corn is grown in every state in the United States. However

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James W. Olmstead and Chad E. Finn

harvested fresh blueberries due to the mistaken perception they are of lesser quality. The traits that would be desirable for MFF cultivars are not different from those cultivars destined for hand-harvest fresh markets. However, there will be even more

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Renee T. Threlfall, John R. Clark, Aubrey N. Dunteman, and Margaret L. Worthington

drupelets turn red during or after cold storage, is a particularly problematic physiological disorder affecting fresh-market blackberries ( Perkins-Veazie, 2017 ; Perkins-Veazie et al., 1996 ). Excessive reversion can result in rejection of whole shipments

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Steven A. Sargent, Adrian D. Berry, Jeffrey G. Williamson, and James W. Olmstead

Rabbiteye blueberries ( Vaccinium virgatum ) are more resistant to mechanical harvesting and have been MH for fresh market for many years. Mainland et al. (1975) studied the quality of HH highbush blueberry ( Vaccinium corymbosum ) cultivars

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Catherine S. Fleming, Mark S. Reiter, Joshua H. Freeman, and Rory Maguire

Tomato is an extensively grown vegetable crop on the Eastern Shore of Virginia (Accomack and Northampton counties). In 2011, 4600 acres of commercial fresh market tomato were harvested in Virginia, with an estimated value of $47.5 million [ U

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Rafael A. Muchanga, Toshiyuki Hirata, and Hajime Araki

fertilizer amount for fresh-market tomato production across different regions in Japan. The treatments were arranged in a randomized complete block design with three replicates. The plot area was 2.4 m 2 (3 × 0.8 m) for both years. Each plot contained 12