Crucial Cabbage Diseases

Abbey Taylor Cole Crop, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

Florida’s unique climate can create the optimal environment for a multitude of cabbage diseases. Nick Dufault, plant pathologist with the University of Florida (UF), says white mold and black rot have historically been common cabbage diseases that can cause serious damage. WHITE MOLD White mold, caused by the fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum,can be somewhat easy to identify since one of the …

New Crops Provide New Hope

Abbey Taylor Cole Crop, Hemp, Hops, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach Farmers and ranchers in Northwest Florida are looking to make a comeback after Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc on their crops. Glen Aiken, director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), is working to help growers affected by the hurricane. According to Aiken, the affected areas …

Cole Crop Field Day Includes Some New Options

Abbey Taylor Cole Crop, Top Posts, Vegetables

Every year the University of Florida (UF) Hastings Agricultural Extension Center holds its cole crop field day due to the high number of cabbage acreage in the tri-county area, which includes Putnam, St. Johns and Flagler counties. However, growers in the tri-county area have been expressing an interest in various alternative crops. So, Gary England, director of the center, made …

Exploring Alternative Crops for Hastings, Florida

Breanna Kendrick Cole Crop, Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Breanna Kendrick Hastings is the potato capital of Florida, but local potato growers  recently have been facing marketing challenges and contract reductions. Therefore, interest in alternative crops for the region is growing. Gary England, director of the University of Florida’s Hastings Agricultural Extension Center, and his team have been researching alternative crops for the Hastings area. They are conducting …

UF/IFAS Hosts Cole Crop Field Day

Abbey Taylor Cole Crop, Top Posts

The annual cole crop field day took place today at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Hastings Research and Demonstration Site. Gary England, UF/IFAS regional specialized Extension agent and director of the Hastings Agricultural Extension Center, hosts this event every year to inform growers on the latest research findings for cole crops. Despite the chilly …

Register Today for the 2017 Cole Crop Field Day

Jaci Schreckengost Cole Crop, Top Posts

Cole crop growers are invited to learn more about the crops and current research at the 2017 Cole Crop Field Day. The event will be held at the Cowpen Branch Road Demonstration and Research Farm, Dec. 13 at 8:30 a.m. University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Science’s (UF/IFAS) Hastings Agricultural Extension Center is hosting the event. Gary England, …

New Weed Management for Cole Crops

Jaci Schreckengost Cole Crop, Top Posts

University of Florida (UF) researchers are looking into new weed management techniques in cole crops and leafy vegetables to help benefit Florida growers. Peter Dittmar, an assistant professor and Extension specialist at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), received approval for two different Specialty Crop Block Grants from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). One …

Plastic Mulch May Be Beneficial to Florida Cabbage Growers

Kelsey Fry Cole Crop, Top Posts

University of Florida Associate Professor Nathan Boyd is researching the potential benefits and economic impact of plasticulture production systems for cabbage. He is one of the researchers leading a study on development of weed management plans for Florida cabbage production. “We are looking at the use of plastic mulches for weed control and cabbage production,” says Boyd. “We started this …