Alabama Extension, Auburn University Partner With UC Davis in European Grape Studies

Dan Cooper Alabama, Fruit, Industry News Release

(ACES) — Alabama wine grape growers will soon have access to disease-resistant bunch grape varieties as new grape varieties send ripples through the entire wine-making community. For many years, Alabama’s commercial grape producers have been limited to native muscadine, American and French-American hybrid bunch grape cultivars. The limited access is due to heavy bacterial disease pressure that suffocates most European …

Start the New Year at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference

Ashley Robinson Fruit, General, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Abbey Taylor Every year, southeastern produce growers kick off the new year at the annual Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference (SERFVC) in Savannah, Georgia. The SERFVC will take place on Jan. 9–12 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Featuring a top-notch trade show and extensive educational sessions, the event is organized by the Georgia Fruit and …

Sneak Peek: January VSCNews Magazine

Ashley Robinson Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables, VSCNews magazine

The January issue of VSCNews magazine explores the latest technology and research, giving growers a guide of what to look for in 2020. Kevin Folta, a horticultural sciences professor at the University of Florida, looks at how far technology has advanced over the past 20 years. He discusses the accelerating pace of genetic discovery and what technological advancements in crop …


Survey: Blueberries Are Registered Dietitians No. 1 Recommended Fruit

Dan Cooper Berries, Fruit, Industry News Release

Registered dietitians recognize the potential health benefits of blueberries as part of an overall healthy diet. (USHBC) — A new survey of 201 U.S.-based registered dietitians (RDs) revealed that blueberries are their No. 1 recommended fruit. The survey from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC), in partnership with Today’s Dietitian, found that 86 percent of the surveyed RDs said they recommend blueberries frequently …


Peaches Benefiting From Seasonal Weather

Dan Cooper Alabama, Fruit, Industry News Release, Peaches, Stone Fruit

(ACES) — Cool weather is just what peach trees across Alabama need. Edgar Vinson, a fruit crop specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said peaches and other tree fruits need adequate chill hours to produce a good crop. “As of mid-December, we have received at least half of the total chill hours needed for most peach varieties in the state’s two major …


Carambola Could Be the New ‘Star’ of Florida Agriculture

Dan Cooper Florida, Fruit, Industry News Release

Cover crops may increase sustainability of carambola groves. (ASA) — It’s not just oranges that grow in Florida. Carambola, or star fruit as most in the United States call it, is gaining popularity. One researcher from Florida International University is researching how cover crops can help the sustainability of star fruit farms. “Tropical fruit production has become a prominent practice …

Could Jujube Be a Fruit Tree for the Southeast?

Karla Arboleda Fruit, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Kevin Folta I was glued to an uncomfortable seat in a rickety van, speeding down a marginal Chinese highway. A group of scientists ventured out for a day trip, from Wuhan to the Three Gorges Dam. The driver spoke no English, his foot was made of lead, and he chain-smoked one cigarette after another, pausing only to find his …


Pumpkin, Calabaza Breeding Program Set to Carve Out New Niche Market for Growers

Dan Cooper Florida, Fruit, Industry News Release, Research, Vegetables

(UF/IFAS) — Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Shultz yielded popularity to an almighty pumpkin in the 1966 animated TV Special “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” Today, pumpkin popularity for holiday decor, healthy snacking, and scrumptious recipes during fall and winter months has given rise to innovative research led by Geoffrey Meru, assistant professor of vegetable breeding, genetics and genomics at …