Silva, Erin. 2013. Influence of Preharvest Factors on Postharvest Quality. eXtension.Adapted from: Silva, E. 2008. Influence of preharvest factors on postharvest quality. In Wholesale success: a farmer’s guide to selling, postharvest handling, and packing produce (Midwest edition).
Available at: http://articles.extension.org/pages/18363/influence-of-preharvest-factors-on-postharvest-quality
This eXtension publication, adapted from Erin Silva of the University of Wisconsin’s 2013 piece for Family Farmed, Influence of Preharvest Factors on Postharvest Quality, looks at how to obtain optimum postharvest quality of vegetables. This publication specifically discusses preharvest factors that maximize the quality of the vegetables going into storage including soil quality, irrigation, pests, and vegetable variety selection.