UGA Researchers Working on Disease Control in Vidalia Onions

Karla Arboleda Georgia, Onion, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda After some growers reported seeing center rot, downy mildew and Botrytis leaf blight in their fields, University of Georgia (UGA) researchers are working on better disease control for Vidalia onions. UGA researchers work with both organic and conventional Vidalia onions to develop ways to deal with fungal and bacterial diseases. Bhabesh Dutta, an Extension vegetable pathologist at …

Bringing Better Broccoli to the East Coast

Karla Arboleda Cole Crop, Georgia, Research, South Carolina, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda While the West Coast is known as the main U.S. region for broccoli production, the East Coast may soon be on its heels, thanks to the Eastern Broccoli Project. Thomas Björkman is a professor of vegetable physiology at Cornell University and project director of the Eastern Broccoli Project. He leads a group of collaborators, from Maine to Florida, …

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Georgia Pecans Enter Taiwanese Markets

Dan Cooper Exports/Imports, Georgia, Industry News Release, Pecan

The Georgia Department of Agriculture expands trade efforts. (GDA) — More than 51,000 pounds of Georgia pecans are headed to Taiwan and are expected to enter retail stores by mid-December. The pecan purchase from a grower in Ocilla, Georgia, is a direct result of bilateral trade efforts between Georgia and Taiwan. During October, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black joined representatives from the …

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Disaster Areas Declared in Georgia Due to Drought

Dan Cooper Drought, Georgia, Industry News Release, Top Posts

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border States Also Available (USDA/FSA) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 13 Georgia counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Barrow, Clarke, Dade, Greene, Hancock, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Taliaferro, Walker, Walton and Warren who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency …

Evaluating Methods to Reduce Runoff in Blueberry Beds

Karla Arboleda Berries, Georgia, Top Posts, Water

By Gary L. Hawkins Water and nutrients are needed items for plant growth, and blueberries are no different. However, when nutrients leach below the root zone that is a loss for the farmer. Where water tables are high and farmers use subsurface tile drains to remove excess water, mobile nutrients such as nitrogen in the form of nitrate can cause …

Postharvest Practices Necessary for Peach Trees During Drought

Karla Arboleda Georgia, Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda According to Extension faculty at the University of Georgia (UGA), peach growers need to continue to water their trees after harvest to avoid negative effects from the ongoing drought. Dario Chavez, an assistant professor in peach research and Extension at UGA, said there is still a lack of water in areas throughout Georgia. GEORGIA DROUGHT Since at …

FFVA President Discusses Updates on Labor Reform, USMCA

Karla Arboleda Florida, Georgia, Labor, Top Posts, USMCA

By Karla Arboleda Mike Joyner, president of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA), spoke to specialty crop growers about efforts toward labor reform and the current draft of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). LABOR REFORM While meeting with members of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, Joyner talked about the Farm Workforce Modernization Act that was introduced on Oct. 30. …

New UGA Entomologist Studies Food Safety, Farming Systems

Karla Arboleda Food Safety, Georgia, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda At the University of Georgia (UGA), research on birds and bacteria may contribute to food safety and farming systems. That’s what Bill Snyder, a professor of agro-ecology at UGA, hopes to accomplish in his latest position. After spending 20 years in the Northwest, where he worked on natural approaches to pest control, Snyder will continue to pursue …