Pest Research for Florida Olives

Jaci Schreckengost Olives, Top Posts

While the possibility of olives becoming a commercial crop in Florida grows, research to determine what pests and diseases may affect the plants has increased.   Ornamental olive trees have been grown around Florida for over 100 years. However, olives as a commercial crop is relatively new.   Eleanor Phillips, an entomology and nematology graduate…

Florida Olive Pest Potential

Jaci Schreckengost Olives, Top Posts

Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) are studying the pest possibilities in Florida olive plants. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, associate Extension scientist at UF, says in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service her team is looking for signs of pests in Florida olive crops. Her team is currently examining four different olive…

Florida Growers Invited to Olive Field Day

Kelsey Fry Olives, Top Posts

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County will be hosting the Florida Olive Field Day on April 7. The event will be held at Florida Olive Farms & Mill in Live Oak. Karen Stauderman, UF/IFAS commercial horticulture agent, says the event is open to commercial, new and potential…

Olives in Florida?

Kayla Mercer Olives, Research, Top Posts

Could olives be the next big thing for citrus producers? The Hardee County Industrial Development Authority (HCIDA) has started a new venture to facilitate diversity in agriculture production in light of citrus greening. HCIDA has a 264-acre tract of land, with a majority of acreage set aside for industrial development, called Commerce Park. It houses…