UF Economist: Be Open to New Opportunities

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Farmers can learn a lot from the first coronavirus pandemic in preparations for a potential “second wave” that might occur this fall. Christa Court, assistant scientist in the University of Florida/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department, said producers who were willing to adjust on the fly this spring fared more successfully than those who did not. “I …

Scout Aphids Early and Often

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nuts, Pecan, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson According to UGA Extension, aphids are one of the most important pests pecan growers need to manage during the growing season. And they’re also one of the most difficult to control. Black-margined aphids and yellow aphids are present all season but it’s not uncommon to see a spike in numbers in mid-to-late June and in August. Andrew …

Florida Blueberry Farmer: USMCA Not a Good Deal For Vegetable, Specialty Crop Producers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Berries, Florida, Fruit, Georgia, North Carolina, Produce, South Carolina, Top Posts, USMCA, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson One of the most vocal critics of Mexican imports into the U.S. is adamant that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will not help or protect vegetable or specialty crop producers. “No, that’s not a good deal for specialty crops. They didn’t really address our issues at all. That was not a good deal for us,” said Ryan Atwood, …

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Potential Second Wave of Pandemic Could Impact Vegetable, Specialty Crop Producers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The coronavirus pandemic struck in mid-March during harvest season for vegetable and specialty crop growers in the Southeast. Many fear a second wave of COVID-19 could strike again in October and November when temperatures start to drop. It is also when many producers have their fall crop in the ground. “The specialty crops would be where maybe …

NOFA Deadline for CFAP is Today

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Today, June 22, is the last day for growers and industry leaders to submit information and data to the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) about crops to be considered for inclusion in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). There is a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) where stakeholders and producers of other commodities can submit information and …

Red Node Disease in Beans a Potential Problem

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Red Node Disease, aka Tobacco Streak Virus, was discovered in beans in a Florida vegetable field this spring. It’s vectored by thrips and could potentially be a problem for farmers this fall, according to Prissy Fletcher, University of Florida/IFAS Agricultural Extension agent for St. Johns County, Florida. “I have been here 14 months and since I have …

Cowpea Curculio Consistent Problem of Southern Peas

Clint Thompson Alabama, Pests, Top Posts

According to Alabama Extension, southern peas are commonly grown crop in the Southeast. Peas have many different pests such as aphids, thrips, leaf-footed bugs, stink bugs, and various caterpillar species. However, the one pest that causes growers the most trouble is the cowpea curculio. There are control remedies for most of these other pests, but the cowpea curculio has become …

Pecan Tree Dieback Scary But Normal For Growers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nuts, Pecan, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Leaf scorching and dieback on some young pecan trees is common this year with high temperatures, according to Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist. But Wells assures growers the problem can be corrected. “We see that this time of year pretty much every year; young trees where they’re growing so fast that the root …