seasonal

Florida Produce Farmer: Eventually, Food Could Become Scarce

Clint Thompson Florida, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Florida fruit and vegetable farmers are being devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, and one producer is pleading with the U.S. government to intercede. Due to the virus’ spread over the last three weeks, restaurants everywhere have been forced to close their doors. This reduces the amount of produce that is sold throughout the country. For producers in …

Fruit and Vegetables Are Still Safe to Eat

Clint Thompson Alabama, Food Safety, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Even during times of global fear of the current coronavirus pandemic, fruit and vegetables are safe to eat, says Kristin Woods, Alabama Regional Extension agent, who specializes in food safety. That’s the message she is trying to convey to consumers who are fearful of the produce being sold in supermarkets and grocery stores. “The kind of information …

Fruit and Vegetable Producers Already Feeling Effects of Pandemic

Clint Thompson Fruit, Legislative, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson President Trump signed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) into law on Friday to help provide some financial relief to Americans and jumpstart the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Monetary help may be on the way for fruit and vegetable growers in the Southeast, but the effects of the pandemic have already …

gardening

UGA Economist Fears Coronavirus’ Impact on Fruit and Vegetable Industry

Clint Thompson Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson The coronavirus pandemic may have struck a blow to the country’s fruit and vegetable industry and could have repercussions for the foreseeable future, says Greg Fonsah, University of Georgia Agribusiness Extension economist. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused global fear, it was initially announced that the U.S. Embassy in Mexico would stop interviews of seasonal workers, …

Managing Fusarium Wilt Disease in Watermelons

Tacy Callies Disease, Fruit, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Watermelon growers can protect their investment against fusarium wilt disease before they transplant, according to Bhabesh Dutta, University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension vegetable plant pathologist at the UGA Tifton campus. CHECK FOR SYMPTOMSDutta emphasizes that it’s important for growers to check their seedlings before planting for any type of wilting symptoms associated with fusarium wilt. “If …

hearing

FFVA Urges All Members to Attend Plant City Trade Hearing

Dan Cooper Florida, Fruit, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Vegetables

Now is your chance to tell the administration: Unfair Mexican trade practices threaten our ability to grow fruits and vegetables. (FFVA) — Representatives from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce will hold a public hearing on April 7 to hear from Florida growers of fresh fruit and vegetables about the severe economic losses …

FDACS Taking Action to Protect Lychee Trees

Dan Cooper Florida, Fruit, Industry News Release, Pests, Top Posts

(FDACS) — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is announcing the treatment of lychee trees in Miami-Dade County, the first of eight Florida counties undergoing eradication for lychee erinose mite (LEM) to protect trees and crops from severe damage. To date, only one positive tree has been identified in Miami-Dade County. The mite causes erineum galls (hairy, …

Keeping Citrus Greening out of Georgia Groves

Tacy Callies Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Citrus greening disease is not yet a problem in Georgia. Jonathan Oliver, University of Georgia (UGA) assistant professor and small fruits pathologist, wants to keep it that way. The disease that has impacted citrus production in Florida for more than a decade has only been observed in backyard plantings in Georgia. However, since the state is expected …