UF/IFAS Hopes to Grow Vanilla, Meet Consumer Demand

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Research, Top Posts

For dessert, how about a scoop of ice cream flavored with vanilla from Florida’s farmers? Because so many consumers enjoy vanilla, University of Florida (UF) scientists hope to help Florida farmers grow the bean. Consumers have an appetite for vanilla. The United States leads the world in imported vanilla beans, said Alan Chambers, an assistant…

Ag Census Deadlines Announced

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Less than two weeks to submit the questionnaire by mail The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is wrapping up data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture. To stay on track for data release in February 2019, the deadline for submitting the paper questionnaire is June 15, 2018. Farmers and…

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FDACS Begins Efforts to Eradicate Exotic Fruit Fly

Dan Cooper Environment, Fruit, Industry News Release, Produce, Stone Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has positively identified the presence of three Oriental fruit flies, Bactrocera dorsalis, in south Miami-Dade County. The initial fly was discovered during routine trapping, and additional flies were discovered during expanded trapping activities. The department, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, monitors more than 56,000 fruit…

Latest Data from UF Citizen Scientists Show Air Potato Beetles Flourishing in Florida

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, potato, Top Posts

Contact: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307 (office), 949-735-1076 (cell), grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Across Florida, thousands of small, red beetles have been battling the invasive air potato vine for the last eight years, one bite at a time. And they appear to be prospering, according to the latest data collected through the collaborative efforts of the University…

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UF/IFAS Researchers May Use Fungi to Control Deadly Crop Disease

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Research, Strawberry, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables, Watermelon

A group of fungi might fight a disease that’s dangerous to tomatoes and specialty crops. University of Florida scientists hope to develop this biological strategy as they add to growers’ tools to help control Fusarium wilt. Tomatoes are the number one vegetable crop in Florida. In 2017, approximately 28,000 acres of tomatoes were commercially harvested,…

Citrus Root Weevil Invades Florida Blueberries

Abbey Taylor Berries, Industry News Release, Top Posts

The Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) and the University of Florida (UF) are warning Florida blueberry growers to be on the lookout for citrus root weevil. A pest that has been an issue in citrus for years has made its way on to another crop entirely, causing significant damage in central and south central Florida.…

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Georgia Blueberry Growers Suffer Second Consecutive Year of Loss

Dan Cooper Berries, Industry News Release, Top Posts

Commissioner Gary W. Black hosted a conference call to connect Georgia blueberry growers and agricultural industry representatives with U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Bill Northey to discuss recent loss assessments for the 2018 blueberry crop. According to University of Georgia Extension, overall losses of both highbush and rabbiteye varieties could exceed 60 percent. This…