UPDATED: Romaine Investigation Narrows

Abbey Taylor Food Safety, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts, Vegetables

Update on E. coli outbreak (Nov. 30): The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has narrowed their search for the source of the E. coli outbreak to six California counties: Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura. However, the FDA has warned that more counties may be added to that…


Lettuce Lessons – An AgNet Media Commentary

Dan Cooper Food Safety, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts, Vegetables

Florida growers of romaine lettuce are losing millions of dollars at the start of their season, even though harvest dates should clear the Florida crop in the present recall. By Gary Cooper The E. coli romaine lettuce scare coming out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last Tuesday effectively shut down the movement…

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Putnam and the USDA Declare the Oriental Fruit Fly Eradicated in Miami-Dade County

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Stone Fruit, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have declared eradication in the Oriental fruit fly outbreak in the predominantly agricultural Redland area of Miami-Dade County. Due to early detection and rapid response, no quarantine was required during this program. This successful Oriental fruit fly eradication is…

Black Rot: Ongoing Threat for Georgia Cabbage Growers

Breanna Kendrick Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Cabbage is inflicted with numerous insect pests and plant diseases, but black rot has been the leading threat to the Georgia cabbage industry for years. Black rot is caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris. Bhabesh Dutta, vegetable Extension pathologist at the University of Georgia, has been focusing his research on…

Fusarium Wilt Attacks EAA Lettuce

Abbey Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

Lettuce is an extremely important crop in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), and now it is facing a new disease. Richard Raid, associate center director and professor of plant pathology at the Everglades Research and Education Center (EREC), says he has been working in the EAA for 30 years and this is the first instance…


Breeding Better Lettuce

Jaci Schreckengost Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

To help lettuce growers in Florida combat diseases, University of Florida (UF) researchers study and create new cultivars. German Sandoya, assistant professor of plant breeding and genetics at UF's Everglades Research and Education Center (EREC), says his goal is to create new cultivars to benefit growers. Often he works on romaine, iceberg and leaf lettuce…

Controlling Caterpillars in Brassica Crops

Abbey Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Pests, Research, Top Posts

Caterpillars can wreak havoc on brassica crops, and as growers begin to put their brassicas and cool-season crops in the ground, it is important to have a strategic management plan in place to control these pests. Ayanava Majumdar, entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, offers some management strategies that he has tested in Alabama,…