In the United States and Canada, demand for local specialty cut flowers is increasing, and production has increased proportionately. To accurately assess industry needs, John Dole, Cristian Loyola, and Rebecca Dunning electronically surveyed 1098 cut flower growers and handlers with respect to their current crop of cut flowers and post-harvest problems and customer issues.
The illuminating results of his research have received careful analysis and are detailed in the article "North American Specialty Piece Production and Post-Harvest Research," as published in the open access journal. Hortotechnology.
Flower production in the United States and Canada has increased in recent years. Because of this resurgence, more information is needed on current production and post-harvest issues. This research effort and the resulting paper have determined the nature of these issues and provide a guide to how best to approach them using 31 major crop species as a model.
The article also listed 99 species of additional cut flowers and categories cultivated by local entrepreneur farmers.
Dole adds: "The local industry is among consumers and cut flower producers have responded by producing hundreds of different types of lush and lush flowers. Our research has shown that producers and cut flower handlers face several challenges to bring these flowers to customers."
Of the 1098 inquiries submitted, the authors received 210 responses, resulting in a response rate of 19%. From this, cross-sectional data were extrapolated.
The analysis showed that the main perceived production problem was insect management. The timing of the harvest proved to be the second most important problem, and disease management ranked third.
Harvest time encompasses a number of related issues, such as determining the correct harvest stage, harvest windows that are too short, flowering at once, or lack of control when harvesting is ready to be harvested.
The main post-harvest problems were temperature management, hydration and handling of floral foods. In relation to post-harvest management at the farm, hydration and vessel life were the two most cited issues.
For postharvest during storage and transport, damage and hydration were the most commonly reported problems.
Customer complaints were also mapped, with the evaluation of vessel life and the breaking of petals as the most mentioned problems.
The research has been revealing as it will allow researchers and companies to focus on the key issues of post-harvest crop production and cutbacks and crops that most need improvement in North America.
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