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

Spinach is a quick-maturing, cool-season vegetable crop grown for both fresh and processing markets. Italy is Europe’s leading spinach producer with ≈7000 ha ( Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2013 ) and Tuscany is the top

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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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Prashant Bhandari and Tong Geon Lee

, 2016) . Fresh-market and processing tomato are the two most commonly consumed types of tomatoes and account for more than $2.6 billion in annual farm cash receipts in the United States alone, with more than $1.0 billion of this value from fresh-market

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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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Prashant Bhandari, Reza Shekasteband, and Tong Geon Lee

Tomato ( Solanum lycopersicum ) is the highest value horticultural crop worldwide ( Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2016 ), providing micronutrients in the human diet [U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 2016]. Fresh-market

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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

Highbush blueberry production passed the 1-billion-pound mark for the first time in 2012 ( Brazelton, 2013 ). From 2010–12, there was a near equal split between highbush blueberry fruit sent to fresh or process markets ( Brazelton, 2013 ). Until

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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