An Organic Pest Control Approach

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

Janine Spies, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Florida (UF), recently spoke at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference about the benefits of intercropping buckwheat and organic crops to reduce pests and disease. Spies believes that organic production is at a disadvantage because of the limitations on tools to resist pests. Farmers are…

Watermelon Variety Trial Results

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, Watermelon

Timothy Coolong, an Extension vegetable specialist at the University of Georgia, recently shared results from his watermelon variety trial for 2016. This year, the trial included 35 seedless varieties and seven seeded varieties. The high yielder in this trial was Kingman from Sakata. This is the first time Kingman has been entered in this trial.…

UF/IFAS Findings Could Help Prevent Crop-Killing Pathogen from Coming to U.S.

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Research, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu Source: Erica Goss, 352-273-4650, emgoss@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- New findings by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers could help prevent more genetic strains of the potato- and tomato-killing late-blight pathogen from entering the United States. These findings may provide further evidence to help researchers solve the…

Blueberry Bioprotectant Study Results

Kelsey Fry Berries, Fruit, Research, Top Posts

At the 2017 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Erick Smith, the small fruit specialist for southeast Georgia for the University of Georgia (UGA) Tifton campus, presented information on blueberry bioprotectant studies. "I had the opportunity to speak on gibberellic acid and AVG (which is aminoethoxyvinylglycine), the product ReTain, and also ProGibb," said Smith.“I also…

The Benefits of Growing Spinach in High Tunnels

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

Florida growers utilizing protected culture, including high tunnels and open shade structures, have the ability to extend the in-ground season for spinach planting and harvesting times. According to an "Evaluation of Five Spinach Cultivars in Soilless Culture Under High Tunnel versus Open Shade Structures," a research study funded from the Florida Department of Agriculture and…

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…