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Florida Strawberries Support Latest UF Studies on USMCA

Dan Cooper Exports/Imports, Florida, Fruit, Industry News Release, Strawberry, Top Posts, Trade

The following information was written by the Florida Strawberry Growers Association and expresses that organization’s views. DOVER, Fla. (FSGA) – The significance of the latest studies from the University of Florida/IFAS cannot be understated as they confirm what Florida growers have been saying for years about the negative impacts of subsidized fruit and vegetable imports from Mexico during our winter …

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Enza Zaden Field Day Features Watermelons and More

Dan Cooper Florida, Fruit, Produce, Seeds, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables, Watermelon

Growers and seed distributors had a field day Tuesday at the Enza Zaden seed breeding and field trials facility near Myakka City, Florida. The main attraction was the watermelon trials that include new varieties being tested and introduced into the market. Other trials added great flavor to the day’s tour and discussions, with multiple plots for bell peppers, mature green …

Methods for Measuring Fruit Firmness

Alison DeLoach Fruit, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach Measuring fruit firmness can tell a grower a lot about the maturity of a fruit. Patrick Abeli, a master’s student at Michigan State University in the Department of Horticulture, discussed the importance of measuring blueberry fruit firmness.   When a fruit becomes too firm, it is unpalatable, and when a fruit is too soft, it spoils. According to …

Improving Fruit Quality in Strawberries

Alison DeLoach Fruit, Strawberry, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach Plant geneticists are always searching for ways to improve fruit quality.  At the recent North American Strawberry Growers Symposium Conference in Orlando, Florida, Kim Lewers, plant geneticist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, presented her research and the methods she uses to breed strawberries. Lewers discussed in detail how she breeds for certain traits, such as disease …

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Large Scale Citrus Field Trials Idea Surfaces

Dan Cooper Florida, Fruit, Research

Citrus research continues to be a topic in state and federal funding circles as the industry’s battle with HLB, or citrus greening, continues. One idea in the incubator of industry discussion is a program being call “CRAFT” – an acronym for a “Citrus Research and Field Trial” program. It’s a large scale field trials idea, and Citrus Research and Development …

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It Could Be Lights Out for Some Diseases and Pests in Strawberries

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Research, Strawberry

Natalia Peres envisions a day when light from a machine that resembles a spacecraft helps prevent powdery mildew from causing much damage to strawberries. Peres, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, works with a global group of scientists studying how to use ultraviolet light to suppress plant pathogens. Powdery mildew …

Southeastern Growers Kick Off 2019 at Industry-Wide Conference

Abbey Taylor Fruit, Organic, Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

Every year, the southeastern fruit and vegetable industry starts a new year together at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference (SERFVC), and 2019 was no different. Thousands of growers, packers, shippers, industry leaders and educators gathered together in Savannah, Georgia, on Jan. 10–13 at one of the industry’s biggest regional events. Charles Hall, executive director of the Georgia Fruit …