specialty crops

USDA Invests $11M In Research That Will Support Specialty Crop Farmers

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WASHINGTON (USDA-Oct. 3, 2019) — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins announced that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested $11 million in research that will support specialty crop farmers. “This collaborative public-private research effort will focus on applying innovative solutions to pest management problems that often are otherwise not available to specialty …

Avalon Protects Growers from Pecan Scab

Alison DeLoach Nuts, Pecan, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach Hurricane Michael caused severe devastation to pecan growers in the Southeast, including the southern region of Georgia. Pecan orchards suffer from pecan scab when the leaves and shucks get wet. The wetter trees become, the more scab infection they develop. However, a new pecan cultivar, Avalon, may be able to help growers in the wake of future …

Georgia Pecan Growers Association Sees Successful Conference

Abbey Taylor Nuts, Top Posts

On March 29, the Georgia Pecan Growers Association held its annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Tifton. The conference was a big success with approximately 800 people in attendance and 85 exhibitors. Some topics discussed included pecan genetics and DNA fingerprinting, pecan scab, management of black pecan aphids and the University of Georgia’s (UGA) new pecan variety, Avalon. Georgia …

University of Georgia’s Avalon Pecan

Abbey Taylor Nuts, Top Posts

The University of Georgia has been working on a new pecan variety called Avalon. It has been approved for sale and is currently growing in four nurseries in Georgia. Patrick Conner, a University of Georgia professor, highly recommends production of Avalon. The Avalon variety was created in 2000 by cross-breeding two scab-resistant varieties, Gloria Grande and Barton. Avalon was the …