New Strawberry Varieties on the Horizon

Kelsey Fry Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts

There are a few new strawberry varieties that have recently been released, and others that are expected soon from the University of Florida. Kenneth Parker, executive director of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, discussed what new varieties are being introduced in the Florida strawberry industry. "FL-127 originally was released under the name Florida Sensation," says…

Cooler Weather Is Great News for Strawberry Growers

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The cool weather this year has Florida strawberry growers' spirits high for this season. Kenneth Parker, president of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, said there is a tremendous amount of hopeful optimism for this season. "The greatest advantage that we have going into this season, comparing it to last year, is that the weather is…

Bacterial Wilt of Southern Highbush Blueberry

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Bacterial wilt of southern highbush blueberry caused by Ralstonia solanacearum By: Phil Harmon, UF/IFAS Extension Blueberry Plant Pathologist Bacterial wilt is a newly discovered disease of blueberry in Florida. Symptoms of the disease are similar to those caused by Xylella and bacterial scorch. Plants with bacterial wilt will show signs of water stress such as…

Florida Blueberry Growers Association to Host Fall Meeting

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The 2016 Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) Fall Meeting & Tradeshow is quickly approaching. The day-long educational event will take place on Tuesday, November 29, at the Hillsborough Community College Trinkle Center in Plant City. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. FBGA President Dudley Calfee says, "The greatest opportunity (of the…

Florida Brings Its Finest to the World Stage

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The Fresh From Florida pavilion did an exceptional job representing Florida's agricultural businesses at the 67th annual Produce Marketing Association's (PMA) Fresh Summit this past weekend. With a new change in booth layout, the pavilion allowed for unity of the Florida companies on the expo show floor. It was pretty easy to spot the Florida…

2016 PMA Fresh Summit Wrap-Up

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The 67th annual Produce Marketing Association's (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo was one for the books, literally. The event, held in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, had a record attendance of 20,889 attendees from over 65 countries. More than 12,000 exhibiting companies showcased new products, trends, technologies and innovations at the…

Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference Coming Soon

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The Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference will take place on October 11 in Marianna, Florida. This is a University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team event. The conference is for Florida fruit and vegetable producers and stakeholders of Florida’s local food systems. Jose Perez, small farm…

Sweet Sensation® ‘Florida127’ Strawberry Lives Up to Its Name

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Growers in Florida’s $300 million-a-year strawberry industry now have proof that the latest UF/IFAS-bred variety lasts longer on the shelf and tastes sweeter than two UF/IFAS cultivars, making it more attractive to faraway markets. “These two attributes together make for a clear step up in eating quality for the consumer,” said Vance Whitaker, an associate…