Weed Management Research for Cabbage to Help Florida Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

Nathan Boyd’s research on weed management in Florida cabbage is aimed at helping increase the crop's yield and solve problems for growers. Boyd, a University of Florida associate professor of weed science, says it can be difficult to manage weeds because of the limited use of registered herbicides due to low use of plastic mulch.…

Brussels Sprouts Not Best Bet for Georgia

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

According to two University of Georgia researchers, Brussels sprout crops do not seem to be the best option for Georgia farmers. Justin Shealey, one of the researchers heading the study, says results were not positive after the second year of researching whether or not Brussels sprouts had a bright future as a Georgia crop. "There…

Rapid Cooling and Temperature Management

Abigail Taylor Berries, Leafy Vegetables, Peaches, Top Posts

Steven Sargent, a postharvest specialist and professor at the University of Florida, recently spoke on the importance of rapid cooling of leafy vegetables, such as lettuce and basil, after harvest. He also discussed his research on temperature management of Florida blueberries and peaches. Sargent discussed two methods of rapid cooling in order to quickly prepare…

The Benefits of Growing Spinach in High Tunnels

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

Florida growers utilizing protected culture, including high tunnels and open shade structures, have the ability to extend the in-ground season for spinach planting and harvesting times. According to an "Evaluation of Five Spinach Cultivars in Soilless Culture Under High Tunnel versus Open Shade Structures," a research study funded from the Florida Department of Agriculture and…

New Year’s Resolution: Learn About Hydroponics and Protected Agriculture

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

With the new year here, the Small Farms Academy has already planned several great events for its "Hydroponic and Protected Ag" series. The series is led by the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center (SVAEC) in affiliation with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension program. The mission of the Small Farms Academy…

Rapid Cooling Techniques for Longer Shelf Life in Produce

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Uncategorized

For small farmers, delivering fresh, high-quality produce to markets can be quite a challenge. So many factors involved with harvesting, handling, packaging, transportation and storage are the reasons that some operations cease to expand sales. Temperature, especially in Florida, is a major challenge that growers face. Steve Sargent, post-harvest Extension specialist in the horticultural sciences…