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

Kelsey Fry Berries, Research, Top Posts 0 Comments

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…

UF/IFAS Research Findings Could Eventually Save $30 million Annually for Strawberry Growers

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  Strawberry growers may eventually save $30 million a year with genetic findings from a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) study. UF/IFAS researchers are looking for ways to thwart angular leaf spot, a pathogen that can destroy up to 10 percent of Florida’s $300 million-a-year strawberry crop in years with…

El Niño Impact on Blueberry Crop

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This year’s Florida blueberry season had a unique challenge to overcome. The unusually warm winter combined with an El Niño climate phase of cloudy and cool conditions in early spring resulted in harvest of the 2016 Florida blueberry crop hitting its peak approximately three weeks later than normal. Gary England, a multi-county Extension agent, says by…

PMA’s Fresh Summit

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Another Record-breaking Year for PMA’s Fresh SummitFrom the Produce Marketing Association: Atlanta, Ga. — Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo, the annual homecoming of the fresh produce and floral industry, drew record-breaking attendance from the global supply chain attracting 19,332 attendees from 63 countries, Oct. 23-25 at the Georgia World Congress Center…

The Final Produce Safety Rule

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Where to get Information About the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule The new Produce Safety Rule in the Food Safety Modernization Act was one of the major topics of discussion at the recent Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Georgia. We caught up with Dr. David Gombas, senior vice president of…