NCG Document UPDATE
The National Cantaloupe Guidance has been modified to correct editorial errors in Sections 5.4.1 and 5.4.2 dealing with “Water for Primary Production”.
In these sections, prior language recommended that producers “use water that meets microbial standards for drinking water” including for “pre-blossom” irrigation water.
The intent of the working group was that any time water is applied in a manner where it comes into direct contact with the cantaloupe – the recommended criteria would be for a drinking water equivalency model.
It was not our intent to require “microbially equivalent to drinking water” for normal irrigation water.
After review of the webinar notes and reviewer comments, the facilitators have modified the language to clarify that water used in primary production settings is recommended to be microbially equivalent to drinking water only when it is being directly applied to the fruit including when that water is part of an aqueous solution of pesticides or other crop treatments.
A new NCG Version 1.1 has been posted this morning and Version 1.0 is no longer available.