The Rutgers Ultra-Niche Crops team proudly accepted the 2017 Extension Education Materials Outstanding Video Award for their “Winter Lettuce” production from the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS). The team included Robin Brumfield, Jenny Carleo, Hemant Gohil, Ramu Govindasamy, Jeff Heckman, Jennifer Matthews, Meredith Melendez, Jess Niederer, Peter Nitzsche, Nicholas Polanin, C. Andrew Wyenandt, […]
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This is a story about tomatoes… Peter Nitzsche, who is head agricultural and resource management agent for the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension in Morris County and an associate Rutgers professor, joined with his colleagues Dr. Thomas Orton, …
Of the hundreds of varieties of tomatoes grown by home gardeners or commercial growers, there are a few standards that have become household names. One of those is the ‘Rutgers’ tomato – a leading home garden and processing variety of the 20th century. While the Rutgers tomato is no longer commercially grown for canned tomato […]
This year, Rutgers University is commemorating its 250th anniversary. To celebrate, the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is selecting a plant bred at Rutgers as a Rutgers 250 Variety of the Month for each month of the year. This month’s variety (April 2016) is the Rutgers 250TM tomato! Rutgers’ tomato breeding program has been selecting […]
Researchers at Rutgers University say they have perfected an improved and juicier version, not found in supermarkets, that will delight discerning taste buds of tomato lovers…”It’s what you think of when you think back to the tomatoes you had when you were younger, and they came right off the vine into your house and you cut into them, and they were red and the flavor was bursting,” horticulturist Tom Orton told Rutgers Today, a university newsletter… “The Rutgers 250 has that traditional Jersey tomato flavor with a little bit of bite and complexity,” Peter Nitzsche, an associate professor and agricultural agent for the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, told Rutgers Today. “We are hoping it mimics the same flavor people remember from the original Rutgers tomato, but from a new variety with a better plant and fruit quality.”
A juicier version of one of the Garden State’s most iconic crops is now out, according to a team of researchers at Rutgers University. The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in Cumberland County released its “Rutgers 250” tomato seeds. The group said they are an improvement on the classic Jersey tomato… “It’s what you think of when you think back to the tomatoes you had when you were younger,” horticulturist Tom Orton said. Peter Nitzsche, agricultural agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, said researchers hope the new version mimics the original Rutgers tomato but with a “better plant and fruit quality.”
A team of researchers at Rutgers University say they have developed a juicier version of one of the Garden State’s most iconic crops… Peter Nitzsche, agricultural agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, says researchers hope the new version mimics the original Rutgers tomato but with a “better plant and fruit quality.”
Gardening enthusiasts are invited to register for the upcoming Rutgers Home Gardeners School to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., March 19 on the Cook/Douglass campus. This year marks the 40th offering of this annual event, which many attendees come back for year after year. Designed to offer “something for everyone” […]
Everyone knows that Jersey tomatoes are great. What you may not know is that Rutgers University is a leader in developing new tomatoes and is responsible for some of your favorites over the years… Peter Nitzsche, the Morris County agricultural agent for the Rutgers University Cooperative Agriculture Extension is on the planning committee for the event and shared with me that they are growing 160 varieties this year. Not all of those tomatoes will be ripe for the Great Tomato Tasting but he anticipates 60 tasting stations with varieties being cycled in when one variety runs out. With proper pacing of the stations, you may be able to taste over 100 tomatoes in one day… This year they are working on a new tomato to release in 2016 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Rutgers. “We have three varieties that are contenders and we need the public to help us with choosing one,” Nitzsche notes. “They are medium slicers developed by Dr. Thomas Orton. We’ve selected seedlings that have good plant habit, fruit quality and flavor. We’re hoping participants like what we’ve got.”
After a decade of quietly, painstakingly sowing their seeds, Rutgers agricultural scientists are finally reaping the fruits of their labor. The “Rutgers Scarlet,” as it is appropriately named, is being unveiled this month. “You have to be very patient to be a plant breeder,” said Peter Nitzsche, associate professor and agricultural agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension. “We have 13 farms across the state growing them on a test stage, and they are just coming in now. We’ve been harvesting in South Jersey since last week. This week, they’ll be harvesting them in Central Jersey, and next week, in northern New Jersey,” said Bill Hlubik, a professor and agricultural agent for the Cooperative Extension.