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…

University of Florida Aims to Improve Sweet Corn

Breanna Kendrick Corn, Research, Top Posts, Uncategorized

By Breanna Kendrick There's been a lot of advances in using genomics to help improve plant breeding. Most of the advances in corn have focused on field corn, but now researchers are aiming to improve sweet corn. Mark Settles, University of Florida (UF) horticultural sciences professor, and his team are working to find new traits…

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UF Scientists Hope to Breed Better-Tasting Sweet Corn

Dan Cooper Corn, Industry News Release, Research, Top Posts

University of Florida (UF) scientists plan to use a $7.3 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) to find the genetic traits that will make sweet corn taste even better, last longer and grow better across the nation. Mark Settles, a professor of horticultural sciences…

Soil Moisture Sensors Improve Irrigation

Abbey Taylor Corn, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

By Charles Barrett Soil moisture sensors are useful for making irrigation decisions, record keeping and monitoring plant roots. Knowing where a crop root zone is or is not helps fine-tune an irrigation schedule. Here is how: DETERMINING HOW MUCH WATER TO APPLY An irrigation schedule is a game plan for how a crop will be…

Celebrate Sweet Corn Harvest Season with Local Farmers

Abbey Taylor Corn, Industry News Release, Top Posts

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA – Sweet corn season is in full swing in Palm Beach County’s Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), with farmers projected to harvest 430 million ears of locally grown sweet corn by the end of May. Almost as many ears will be listening for the starting bell that inaugurates the International Federation of Competitive…

Pair of Pests Cause Concern for Sweet Corn Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Corn, Top Posts

Two pest issues have become critical for southeastern sweet corn growers. Julien Beuzelin, assistant professor of entomology at the University of Florida's Everglades Research and Education Center (EREC) in Belle Glade, said that he has been in his current position for only about a year, but has seen the affects of two main pests for…

Silk Fly Research Continues for Sweet Corn

Jaci Schreckengost Corn, Top Posts

Silk flies are a key issue for sweet corn farmers and the scientists and researchers who are working to help solve the pest problem. "The silk fly is probably our greatest problem in sweet corn research, and it's also the biggest problem we're having out in the commercial fields right now," said Robert Beiriger, a…