specialty crops

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

Dan Cooper Avocado, Berries, Fruit, Grapes, Hemp, Hops, Horticulture, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Mangos, Mushrooms, Nuts, Olives, Onion, Organic, Peaches, Pecan, Pomegranates, potato, Produce, Stone Fruit, Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables, Watermelon

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 …

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Georgia Pecan Growers Conference and Trade Show

Dan Cooper Georgia, Pecan

The 54th Annual Georgia Pecan Growers Conference and Trade Show has been taking place today at the UGA Conference Center in Tifton. Tyron Spearman stopped by and caught up with Georgia Pecan Growers Association President Brent Brinkley. Spearman also caught up with Lenny Wells, associate professor and Extension horticulture specialist for pecans with the University of Georgia. Finally, Spearman talked …

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 …

Black Aphids Invade Georgia Pecans

Breanna Kendrick Pecan, Pests, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Black aphids are small black insects that feed on the leaves of pecan trees. The area where black aphids are feeding will turn yellow and become necrotic, killing the tissues surrounding the feeding area. Black aphids are most common later in the pecan season. Black aphids do have some populations early in the season, but are less of …

Tropical Storm Strikes Coastal Pecan Crop

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Pecan, Top Posts, Weather

Source: Alabama Farmers Federation A once-promising pecan crop bore the brunt of wind gusts and torrential rain from Tropical Storm Gordon, which downed trees, limbs and ripe pecans when hitting the Gulf Coast Sept. 4. In Baldwin County, the storm dropped nearly 9 inches of rain. Across the bay in Mobile County, rain totals were lower, though wind damage was …

Potential Second Crop for Georgia Pecan Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Pecan, Top Posts

Researchers have found that pecan truffles could be a possible second profitable crop for Georgia pecan growers. Tim Brenneman, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Georgia, says that the pecan truffle is a native fungus that currently grows on some pecan trees in Georgia. He says when the conditions are just right, the fungus produces a fruiting …

Possible Problems for Pecan Industry

Jaci Schreckengost Pecan, Top Posts

As pecan growers finish harvesting this season, industry crop loss is expected to be near 30 percent. Samantha McLeod, executive director of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association, said there was a very positive outlook for the crop prior to Hurricane Irma. However, the hurricane left growers with a lot of damage and potential crop loss. McLeod spoke with AgNet Media’s …

Georgia Pecans Suffer Loss from Hurricane Irma

Abbey Taylor Pecan, Top Posts, Weather

After Hurricane Irma tore through Florida, it went over Georgia. Although it weakened to tropical storm status by the time it hit the state, its strong winds and tremendous rainfall harmed Georgia crops, such as pecans. Like citrus, Georgia pecan trees were inching toward harvest when Irma hit. Samantha McLeod, executive director of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association, says every …