Mechanized Harvesting Brings Challenges for Blueberry Growers

Abigail Taylor Berries, Technology, Top Posts

As labor continues to be a challenge for blueberry growers, there has been an increasing interest in machine harvesting in fresh markets. However, what may seem like a quick fix to a large problem has presented difficulties of its own, according to Jeff Williamson, Extension horticulturist with the University of Florida. Traditionally, blueberries are hand…

UF/IFAS CREC Hosts Successful Fruit Crop Management Short Course

Abigail Taylor Berries, Horticulture, Peaches, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) hosted a Fruit Crop Management Short Course this week in Lake Alfred. The two-day short course featured presentations from top southeastern researchers about alternative crops that may have potential in the Southeast. The first day of the event…

Strawberry Grower Discusses Hurricane Irma Damage

Abigail Taylor Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts, Weather

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a meeting on Oct. 12 to discuss damage from Hurricane Irma. Irma hit Florida in the beginning of September, just as many vegetable and specialty crop growers were preparing their fields to plant. The meeting featured two sets of panels in which growers gave testimonies about their damage after the…

FOG Presents Organic Blueberry Farm Tour

Abigail Taylor Berries, Organic, Top Posts

Allison Acres, an organic blueberry farm in Pinetta, Florida, hosted a farm tour today. Presented by Florida Organic Growers (FOG), conventional and certified organic growers gathered at Allison Acres to learn about its organic production system as well as get lessons on organic pest management and irrigation methods. Hank Allison, owner of Allison Acres Organic…

Uncertainty Surrounding Hurricane Damage to Florida Blueberries

Abigail Taylor Berries, Legislative, Top Posts, Weather

Dudley Calfee, president of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, spoke about blueberry damage from Hurricane Irma at the Senate Agriculture Committee meeting Oct. 12 in Tallahassee. The meeting was among many as the Florida Legislature prepares for the 2018 legislative session. At the meeting, two sets of panels filled with Florida growers and cattlemen described…

Update on Bacterial Wilt in Florida Blueberries

Abigail Taylor Berries, Research, Top Posts

Bacterial wilt is a relatively new disease that was found in Florida blueberries in 2016. Since its discovery, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has been studying the pathogen to learn more about its behaviors and methods for management. Phil Harmon, a professor in the Plant Pathology Department at the…

UF/IFAS Hosts Successful Fruit Grower Day

Abigail Taylor Berries, Research, Top Posts

On September 28, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) held its 2017 Central Florida Fruit Grower Day in Tavares. The event featured talks from top UF/IFAS researchers as well as presentations about property appraisal and the policies growers need to know. The event started with a focus on blueberries in the…

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Pasco Extension Goes Above and Beyond for Hurricane Victims

Abigail Taylor Berries, Top Posts

Frogmore Fresh Farms, located in Dade City, Florida, suffered damage due to Hurricane Irma. Once the storm passed, Leonard Park, general manager at Frogmore Fresh, realized nearly 100,000 blueberry trees had blown over. Whitney Elmore, Pasco County Extension director and urban horticulture agent with the University of Florida (UF), began making calls the day after…