Artichokes Could Be the Next Niche Crop in Florida

Abigail 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…

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…

Renowned Plant Scientist to Explore Relationship Between Plants, Health for 2017 York Lecture

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Can crops be fortified to improve diets and lower the rate of chronic diseases? Cathie Martin, a world-renowned expert on plant metabolic engineering, will discuss that question at the 2017 E.T. York Lecture. The free event will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 13 in the…

Findings and Plans for Pomegranate Disease-Treatment Research

Abigail Taylor Pomegranates, Research, Top Posts

Pomegranate production in Florida has been striking interest within the agriculture community because of its potential to be a viable alternative crop to citrus. Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, recently presented research findings from 2016 about pomegranate disease treatments, as well as research plans for…

Jet Fuel Crop on the Horizon

Kelsey Fry Cole Crop, Research, Top Posts

Source: Patrick Troy Patrick Troy, University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension regional specialized agent for row crops, is working on a biofuel research study that could lead to the production of jet fuel. "Fortunately, for the sake of farming, I think diversification is something that has happened with the movement in and…

Tips for Efficient Nutrition Application

Kelsey Fry Environment, Research, Top Posts

Soil nutrients may not always be available in adequate amounts for optimal crop production. Supplying the necessary nutrients can boost crop production and help minimize the risk of loss of nutrients to the surrounding environment. Farmers are being encouraged to use best management practices (BMPs), and legislation is cracking down on the issue. Certain areas…

Florida Breweries Reap the Benefits of Local Hops

Abigail Taylor Hops, Research, Top Posts

Research on hops production in Florida has been on the rise. Hops could be a viable alternative crop for Florida growers. Production of Florida hops could not only benefit growers, but it could also benefit local beer breweries. Desiree Chubb, director of quality assurance at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg, Florida, spoke with AgNet…