Florida Hop Trials — Keeping Ahead of Pests and Diseases

Abbey Taylor Hops, Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Gary Vallad, Johan Desaeger, Hugh Smith, Zhanao Deng and Shinsuke Agehara Like other crops, hops are susceptible to various pests and diseases. The goal of this article is to review findings from ongoing field studies conducted at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC). The presented findings should …

New Crops Provide New Hope

Abbey Taylor Cole Crop, Hemp, Hops, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach Farmers and ranchers in Northwest Florida are looking to make a comeback after Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc on their crops. Glen Aiken, director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), is working to help growers affected by the hurricane. According to Aiken, the affected areas …

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New Crops Proposed After Michael Devastation

Dan Cooper Hemp, Hops, Industry News Release, Top Posts

Hemp and hops are being promoted among alternatives for crops wiped out by Hurricane Michael in the eastern Panhandle. Glen Aiken, director of the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center, said Monday the need for alternatives has grown as farmers in an eight-county region suffered most of the estimated $1.5 billion hit to the state’s agriculture industry …

UF Researchers to Breed a New Variety of Florida-Friendly Hops

Abbey Taylor Hops, Industry News Release, Top Posts

APOPKA, Fla. – Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) have been awarded a two-year grant for $194,000 to breed varieties of hops that can grow in Florida. The researchers, based at the UF/IFAS Mid Florida Research and Education Center (MFREC) in Apopka, Florida, said the grant will help continue their work to bring …

Florida Hop Production Appears Promising

Abbey Taylor Hops, Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

Findings from the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center hop trials are helping make strides in this new frontier. By Zhanao Deng, Shinsuke Agehara, Gary Vallad, Hugh Smith and Johan Desaeger Hops are an essential ingredient of beer. Breweries use different varieties and amounts of hops during the brewing process to attain the desirable levels of bitterness and flavors associated …

Hops Research Sparks International Partnership

Abbey Taylor Hops, Research, Top Posts

By Abbey Taylor and Breanna Kendrick The University of Florida’s (UF) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) has become well known throughout the state, partly due to its work with hops. Jack Rechcigl, GCREC director, says the research began about three years ago. “We started working on hops as an alternative crop for our growers. It actually started when …

Highlights from Florida Ag Expo

Breanna Kendrick Hops, Research, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Close to 600 people gathered in Balm at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center for the 2018 Florida Ag Expo. The theme of the event this year was precision agriculture and mechanization. “We had great attendance and participation in our panel discussions and workshops,” said Jack Rechcigl, center director of the University of Florida Institute of …

Could a Pacific Northwest Crop Be Produced in Florida?

Abbey Taylor Hops, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Plant physiologist and researcher at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Shinsuke Agehara, is studying the potential of growing hops in Florida. His research focuses on the production of hops and how it will grow in Florida’s climate. The exact amount of hops production in Florida is unknown at this time. Many growers are trying to …