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 Consumer Services Specialty Crop Block …

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

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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 is to provide exceptional, hands-on …

Rapid Cooling Techniques for Longer Shelf Life in Produce

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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 department at the University of …

Up Close with UF/IFAS Leafy Greens Research

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From Asian greens to swiss chard, the Hydroponic Leafy Greens Field Day covered research on a variety of greens. The December 13 event was held at the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Center in Live Oak, Florida. It was the last event of the year for the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Small Farms Academy. UF/IFAS researchers covered …

Growers Invited to Hastings Cole Crops Field Day      

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Coming up on November 30 is the Cabbage Cole Crops Field Day, located at the Cowpen Branch Research Farm in Hastings, Florida. University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agents and industry professionals will be covering a variety of topics — from nutrient and pest management to alternative cropping. Crops covered will include cabbage, potatoes and other cole …

2016 PMA Fresh Summit Wrap-Up

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The 67th annual Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo was one for the books, literally. The event, held in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, had a record attendance of 20,889 attendees from over 65 countries. More than 12,000 exhibiting companies showcased new products, trends, technologies and innovations at the event. If you follow Southeast …

Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference Coming Soon

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The Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference will take place on October 11 in Marianna, Florida. This is a University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team event. The conference is for Florida fruit and vegetable producers and stakeholders of Florida’s local food systems. Jose Perez, small farm Extension coordinator for UF/IFAS, encourages …

New Technology on the Way for Produce

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It’s no surprise that new technology has found its way into the produce industry. But what may be of surprise to most is the type of new technologies that are currently being tested and used in the United States and Europe. Bryan Silbermann, CEO of the Produce Marketing Association, explains how new technology entering the farming world can change the …