Register Now for the Fruit Crop Management Short Course

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The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center will host a Fruit Crop Management Short Course November 6–7 in Lake Alfred. Tripti Vashisth, an assistant professor of horticultural sciences and a citrus Extension specialist, is putting on the event. The course will focus on fruit crops other than…

Commissioner Putnam Estimates $180 Million in Fruit and Vegetable Hurricane Damage

Abigail Taylor Fruit, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Vegetables

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has released an initial estimate on agriculture damage from Hurricane Irma. The estimate will serve as a baseline for policymakers as they create a disaster relief package for those impacted by the storm. Although these estimates are not final, they are a starting point. The document includes estimates on crop…

Growers Come Together at FFVA Convention

Abigail Taylor Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) 74th Annual Convention took place this week from September 25-27. Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for FFVA, said the event went very well. Lochridge was pleasantly surprised with the turnout, given the even was following Hurricane Irma. “What we found was that people were ready to get…

Gianna Rivera Wins “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that Gianna Rivera of Bloomingdale High School in Hillsborough County is the 2017 “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off champion. Rivera competed against four other regional finalists from across the state. Rivera’s winning Citrus Chicken Taco with Watermelon Salsa will be served in a school…

Georgia Peach Brown Rot

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

Brown rot fungus, also known as Monilinia fructicola, can be a peach's worst nightmare. Generally, the first sign of the disease is in springtime when dying blossoms turn to mush, and a gray, fuzzy spore mass is formed on the branch. Georgia peaches have, luckily, been mainly spared of this disease due to extensive research…

Georgia Not Overly Concerned About Bacterial Wilt in Blueberries

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University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) scientists have been conducting research on bacterial wilt of southern highbush blueberry caused by Ralstonia solanacearum. Phillip Harmon, a professor in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Florida, is leading the study. According to the UF/IFAS Extension Electronic Data Information Source, bacterial wilt is…

Beware of This Grape Disease

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Pierce's disease is one of the biggest threats to Georgia's grape industry. Also known as PD, Pierce's disease is one of the major limiting factors to growing European grapes in Georgia. Phillip Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit plant pathologist, explained that the disease is caused by a bacterium (Xylellafastidiosa) that is transmitted by…