Beware of This Grape Disease

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Top Posts

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 sharpshooter insects, including the glassy-winged …

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Applications Being Accepted for FFVA Leadership Program

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Vegetables

Do you know an up-and-coming leader who wants to be more involved in the agriculture industry? He or she may be eligible for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) Emerging Leader Development Program. Launched in 2011, the program identifies and develops leaders to be strong advocates for Florida agriculture. The programming provides a wealth of information on the many …

Younger Generation Not Eating Enough Peaches

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Peaches, Top Posts

Peaches have always been a staple in household diets, but the younger generation is falling short of the consumption rates from past generations. The National Peach Council (NPC) is working to fix this issue. In a recent study, it was discovered that the average peach consumer is in excess of 55 years old. NPC Director Kay Rentzel spoke about the …

Repellent Could Keep Dangerous Beetles Away from Avocado Trees

Josh McGill Fruit, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Using some pleasant-smelling chemicals, avocado growers may soon be able to repel beetles that inject a potentially deadly fungus into their trees, saving fruit and money, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers say. When they’re infected with the laurel wilt fungus, redbay trees – a close cousin …

Blueberry Bioprotectant Study Results

Kelsey Fry Berries, Fruit, Research, Top Posts

At the 2017 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Erick Smith, the small fruit specialist for southeast Georgia for the University of Georgia (UGA) Tifton campus, presented information on blueberry bioprotectant studies. “I had the opportunity to speak on gibberellic acid and AVG (which is aminoethoxyvinylglycine), the product ReTain, and also ProGibb,” said Smith.“I also talked about BluGuard, which is …

An Organic Approach to Better Bug Control

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Pests, Top Posts

Reese Haley, the owner of Morning Bell Farms, has implemented an organic approach to better control bugs from invading his blueberry crops. The strategy involves making a wine from culled blueberries and sugar that sits in a container for seven to 14 days. When the wine is ready, Haley says it should be like gel. The wine is then poured …

What Do You Know About Florida Peaches?

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Top Posts

The University of Florida’s (UF) Center for Public Issues and Education (PIE Center) is seeking to increase the marketability of Florida peaches. It hopes to do that through a marketing plan based on research to identify barriers among growers, shippers and consumers. In recent years the acreage of peaches in Florida has grown, but the popularity of Georgia and South …