Research Money Prioritized for 2018 Farm Bill

Jaci Schreckengost Research, Top Posts

During the first listening session to discuss the 2018 farm bill, continued or increased research programs were a common topic of discussion for the growers and ranchers in attendance. John Hoblick, president of the Florida Farm Bureau, said Florida received $31.2 million from specialty crop block grant programs from 2008 to 2015, which included money for research and marketing. He …

Look Out California! UF Scientist Says Artichokes May Grow in Warm, Humid Florida

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Artichokes might grow in Florida’s subtropical climate after all — good news for those who crave the taste and antioxidants of the food crop. Shinsuke Agehara, a University of Florida assistant professor of horticultural sciences, presented his preliminary findings to the Florida State Horticultural Society June 5-6. In his talk, he said …

Irrigation Insight for Young Pecan Trees

Abbey Taylor Pecan, Research, Top Posts

Lenny Wells, associate professor and Extension horticulture specialist for pecans at the University of Georgia (UGA), recently completed a five-year research project on fertilization and irrigation of young pecan trees. Due to the increasing amount of new trees being planted in Georgia, there was concern over the lack of information regarding irrigation practices. Wells feared that young trees were being …

UF Researchers Exploring the Market Value of Tea

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

Mostly due to its market value, tea may be an attractive specialty crop. Brantlee Spakes Richter, University of Florida (UF) senior lecturer, believes the crop has great potential in the U.S. market. Richter has been working with tea for a little over a year now. She is studying how to best grow the crop in Florida. However, she hopes to …

Pecan Fertilization Practices

Abbey Taylor Pecan, Research, Top Posts

After nearly five years of research, University of Georgia Associate Professor Lenny Wells has thoroughly explored the fertilization young pecan trees need in order to achieve optimal growth. According to Wells, the amount of pecan trees being planted every year in Georgia is steadily increasing. With all the young trees going in the ground, Wells was inclined to begin his …

Tea’s Specialty Crop Potential Being Studied in the Southeast

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

Tea is an extremely popular drink in the United States and around the world. However, the market for tea can go beyond just consumption. For example, tea can be used in beauty products and essential oils. The market makes tea an attractive specialty crop for growers. Brantlee Spakes Richter, a senior lecturer at the University of Florida (UF), is currently …

Artichokes Could Be the Next Niche Crop in Florida

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

The Florida specialty crop industry is facing many difficulties that range from pest issues to competition from imports. Growers seeking alternative crops may want to consider artichokes. Shinsuke Agehara, an assistant professor at the University of Florida, says artichokes have never been commercially grown in Florida, but they could be a great niche crop. Agehara believes artichokes are an attractive …

UF Plant Science Research and Education Unit Gets New Director

Kelsey Fry Research, Top Posts

  By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A veteran of the has been named its permanent director, and he hopes to help faculty continue improving crops. James Boyer, who has worked at the unit for 17 years, was named interim director in May 2016. His appointment to the permanent post was effective April 7. Prior to that, he …