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

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

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…

Rapid Cooling Techniques for Longer Shelf Life in Produce

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Uncategorized

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…

Study Outlines Marketing Plan for Florida Blueberries

Kelsey Fry Research, Top Posts

A graduate student at the University of Florida has developed a strategic marketing plan for the Florida blueberry industry. Tori Bradley, graduate assistant for the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Center for Public Issues Education and Department of Food and Resource Economics, researched the Florida blueberry industry and found opportunities to…

Up Close with UF/IFAS Leafy Greens Research

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts

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…

Weed Seed Longevity Fact Sheet

Kelsey Fry Research, Top Posts

The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) recently released a fact sheet that covers the main topic of weed seed longevity. Other topics addressed include how seeds travel, germination and ways to eliminate weeds. Weeds are an ancient problem for small and large agriculturists. The new WSSA fact sheet helps to eradicate some weed issues.…

Get Maximum Results from Blueberry Sprayers

Kelsey Fry Berries, Research, Top Posts

Renee Allen, area blueberry agent with the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension, discussed her recent presentation at the 2016 Fall Blueberry Short Course held in Plant City, Florida. She said her main focus was to speak on the studies she's conducted on initial identification of issues with spray coverage in south Georgia blueberries. Allen spoke…

UF Tomato Research Trials: Jointless Ground Tomatoes

Abbey Taylor Research, Tomatoes, Top Posts

The University of Florida (UF) has been involved in ongoing tomato research over the years with the objective of aiding growers in production and cost efficiencies. The initial goal of university researchers was to breed a tomato plant that can be grown on the ground without staking or tying, which can be achieved with traditional…

Alternative Crops in Florida: Artichokes

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

From hops to artichokes, the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center is researching the realms of possibility for alternative crops in Florida. Alternative crops are under study due to increasing competition in the United States and with other countries, such as Mexico. Many traditional crops like…