Trap-Cropping Recommendations

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Trap cropping is an organic method to combat pests. Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, has been researching the best trap-crop methods to manage leaffooted bugs. Leaffooted bugs can usually be seen in groups on produce. According to Majumdar, these pests can do some serious quality and quantity damage to produce. Trap cropping is an …

Carrot Industry Emerging in Florida

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By Danielle Treadwell Most people are surprised to learn that Florida has a carrot industry. While carrots have been historically produced throughout the state, the amount of land dedicated to carrot production in Florida has been limited relative to other crops like citrus or tomatoes. California has led the nation in carrot production for decades, and that will likely continue. …

UF Researcher Deals with Stink-Bug Pressure in Organic Tomatoes

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There are many benefits to organic production, but it also has its challenges. Perhaps the biggest area of concern for organic growers is how to combat pests without using pesticides. Craig Frey, a doctorate student at the University of Florida (UF), recently presented findings from research, which he completed with Xin Zhao of UF.  The main purpose of their research …

Pros and Cons of Organic Production

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As the demand for organic products continues to rise, growers may consider transitioning their production systems to organic ones. Marty Mesh, executive director of Florida Organic Growers, discusses the benefits and challenges of organic production. According to Mesh, perhaps the biggest benefit of organics is that data proves organic growers have a better bottom line. Moreover, organic production can benefit …

High-Tunnel Production and Grafting Organic Tomatoes

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Researchers at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) recently presented results from a 2016 trial on organic tomato production. The research explored high-tunnel production versus field production, as well as interactions between grafted and non-grafted plants. Craig Frey, a Ph.D. student and horticulture scientist, worked along with Xin Zhao, UF/IFAS assistant professor, on this project. Frey …

Demand for Organics Continues to Rise

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The demand for organic products has been increasing since the 1990s. Marty Mesh, executive director of Florida Organic Growers, says organics are the fastest growing sector of the agriculture industry. According to Mesh, large increases in the demand for organics began in the 1990s. Since then, organic production has seen a yearly increase in demand, sometimes in the double digits. …