Blueberry Bioprotectant Study Results

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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 talked about BluGuard, which is …

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 Consumer Services Specialty Crop Block …

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

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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 is to provide exceptional, hands-on …

Rapid Cooling Techniques for Longer Shelf Life in Produce

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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 department at the University of …

Study Outlines Marketing Plan for Florida Blueberries

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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 improve it. Opportunities include increasing …

Up Close with UF/IFAS Leafy Greens Research

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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 Farms Academy. UF/IFAS researchers covered …

Weed Seed Longevity Fact Sheet

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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. A few facts included in …

Get Maximum Results from Blueberry Sprayers

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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 on two main topics during …