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Post-Harvest and Storage Resources

General Resources

USDA Agriculture Handbook 66: The Commercial Storage of Fruits, Vegetables, and Florist and Nursery Stocks. An excellent resource for storage of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

Harvest, curing and storage conditions for fall and winter vegetables. download pdf Compiled by UMass Extension for New England diversified vegetable farms.

Vegetable Harvest and Storage. University of Missouri Extension fact sheet (#g6226).

Harvesting and Storing Vegetables. University of Iowa Extension fact sheet for home gardeners by Richard Jauron (#PM-731).

Storage Engineering

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture – Winter Crop Storage Resources, February 2010

Fact Sheets


Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes

Pumpkin and Squash

UMass Carrot Storage Trials

A major goal of this project is to improve the quality and longevity of storage crops. We are researching varieties, harvest dates, post-harvest handling and storage methods using carrots as a model crop for long-term storage. Click the links to get methods and results from our trials.

Expanding Winter Harvest and Sales for New England Vegetable Crops is a three-year project (2010-2013) funded by USDA/Northeast SARE.

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