Controlling Caterpillars in Brassica Crops

Abigail Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Pests, Research, Top Posts

Caterpillars can wreak havoc on brassica crops, and as growers begin to put their brassicas and cool-season crops in the ground, it is important to have a strategic management plan in place to control these pests. Ayanava Majumdar, entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, offers some management strategies that he has tested in Alabama,…

Update on Bacterial Wilt in Florida Blueberries

Abigail Taylor Berries, Research, Top Posts

Bacterial wilt is a relatively new disease that was found in Florida blueberries in 2016. Since its discovery, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has been studying the pathogen to learn more about its behaviors and methods for management. Phil Harmon, a professor in the Plant Pathology Department at the…

UF/IFAS Hosts Successful Fruit Grower Day

Abigail Taylor Berries, Research, Top Posts

On September 28, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) held its 2017 Central Florida Fruit Grower Day in Tavares. The event featured talks from top UF/IFAS researchers as well as presentations about property appraisal and the policies growers need to know. The event started with a focus on blueberries in the…

Gary Vallad Awarded Researcher of the Year

Abigail Taylor Research, Top Posts

Gary Vallad, professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida, was awarded researcher of the year today during the award luncheon at the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) annual convention. Vallad is stationed at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, Florida. He works on several crops including tomato, watermelon, pomegranate…

New Pest-Exclusion System

Abigail Taylor Pests, Research, Top Posts

The Organic Food and Farming Summit began on September 17. Presented by Florida Organic Growers, the summit features farm tours, workshops and presentations on the latest research for organic production. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, revealed a new pest-exclusion method for high-tunnel production at the summit on September 18. The…

Improving Disease Management for Florida Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Research, Top Posts

Researchers at the University of Florida's (UF) Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) are working to deliver more disease and virus management tools to growers in their area. According to Pamela Roberts, a plant pathology professor at the SWFREC, the main vegetable and specialty crops grown in the area include bell peppers, cucumbers, squash,…

Chardonnay Research Underway in Georgia

Jaci Schreckengost Grapes, Research, Top Posts

The University of Georgia's (UGA) viticulture team has been working to increase the amount of research in the wine grape industry. A Lumpkin County, Georgia, research plot was harvested recently, said Clark MacAllister, a UGA Extension agent. This plot of grapes was harvested early because it is being used for a sparkling wine program, he…

NIFA Invests $35 Million in Specialty Crop Research

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, Research, Top Posts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 12 new grants totaling $35 million for science-based solutions and new technology for the specialty crop industry. Funding is made through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “Specialty crops generally fetch high value for the…