Plant Science Experts Give Guidance on Postharvest Best Practices

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​Providing information for producers is an important part of the mission of UT Extension, and now some topics are available online. Fruit and vegetable producers can watch Field Break Webinars from UT Extensio specialists in the comfort of their own home and on their own time. Image courtesy UTIA. 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Over 400 people have viewed the Facebook Live video titled “To Wash or Not to Wash,” produced by University of Tennessee Extension specialists. The video is the first installment of six sessions on best practices for fruit and vegetable producers.

“We want to give producers the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their own home on their own time,” says Annette Wszelaki, UT Extension specialist for commercial vegetable production. “Producers can take a break from the heat, tune in to Facebook Live, and take some time to learn about how to improve their operation.”

The next Facebook Live Field Break will air on Thursday, August 15 at noon EST and last approximately one hour. Wszelaki and Samantha Flowers, internship coordinator and Extension assistant at the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center Organic Crops Unit, will discuss postharvest handling tips to give crops the longest shelf-life. The recording will be archived as well, and will be accessible through Facebook for anyone who cannot watch live. 

Other upcoming Fruit and Vegetable Field Break webinars include:  

September 12 - Irrigation Basics

October 16 - Producing High Quality Compost

November - Keeping Wildlife Out of Your Fields

November, December - Fruit Production

To access the July webinar or to watch upcoming webinars,
search for @UT Produce on Facebook. Dates for the November and December webinars have not been finalized, so check the UT Produce Facebook page for updates. A Facebook account is not required.

For more information about best practices for fruits and vegetables, contact your local county Extension office.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.



Annette Wszelaki, Department of Plant Sciences, 865-974-8332,

Samantha Flowers, Department of Plant Sciences, 865-974-7324,