cabbage

Production Practices for Higher Quality Cabbage

Karla Arboleda Cole Crop, Florida, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) Hastings Agricultural Extension Center are studying ways to grow the best quality cabbage. Although research on higher quality cabbage is relatively new at the center, experts are working to establish facts. Lincoln Zotarelli, an associate professor in the UF Horticultural Sciences Department, discussed updates on cabbage research at the recent …

Cole Crop Field Day Looks at New Crops on the Horizon

Josh McGill Cole Crop, Top Posts

Researchers from the University of Florida Hastings Agricultural Extension Center (UF HAEC) gave growers updates on cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and more at the annual Cole Crop Field Day held at the center’s research farm. Cole crops continue to be a cornerstone crop of the Tri-County Agricultural Area. Gary England, director of the UF HAEC, summarized a few of the …

Bringing Better Broccoli to the East Coast

Karla Arboleda Cole Crop, Georgia, Research, South Carolina, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda While the West Coast is known as the main U.S. region for broccoli production, the East Coast may soon be on its heels, thanks to the Eastern Broccoli Project. Thomas Björkman is a professor of vegetable physiology at Cornell University and project director of the Eastern Broccoli Project. He leads a group of collaborators, from Maine to Florida, …

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 …