Developing Tea as a Cash Crop for the Southeast

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Donglin Zhang Tea (Camellia sinensis) is a native plant to China with more than 3,000 years of cultivation. Like its cousins, sasanqua and Japanese camellias, tea has been grown in the continental United States for more than 150 years. But due to the costs of processing, cultivation and labor, it has never become a large-scale cash crop. With growing …

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Dining In vs. Dining Out

Breanna Kendrick Research, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick A new trend researchers at the University of Florida are noticing is that people are spending more money eating out rather than cooking at home. The average household spends well over $3,000 per year dining out. According to Nan Jensen, an Extension agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in Pinellas County, …

Highlights from Florida Ag Expo

Breanna Kendrick Hops, Research, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Close to 600 people gathered in Balm at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center for the 2018 Florida Ag Expo. The theme of the event this year was precision agriculture and mechanization. “We had great attendance and participation in our panel discussions and workshops,” said Jack Rechcigl, center director of the University of Florida Institute of …

Fumigation for Fusarium Wilt in Watermelon

Breanna Kendrick Research, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Breanna Kendrick Fusarium wilt is not a new problem, but it’s a more prevalent problem now than it previously was. Once fusarium becomes established in the soil, it’s very long lived. Fusarium wilt has been a main area of research for the past 10 years for the National Watermelon Association. Josh Freeman, associate professor of horticultural sciences at the …

SmartIrrigation Technology Improves Tomato Production

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

By Ibukun T. Ayankojo and Kelly T. Morgan Fresh tomato production in the United States is dominated by the states of California and Florida. Florida harvests about 28,000 acres of tomatoes with a production value of $382 million. This accounts for approximately 40 percent of the total production value in the United States. IRRIGATION ACCURACY IS CRITICAL Vegetable production requires …

FBGA Annual Meeting Brings Blueberry Industry Together

Abbey Taylor Berries, innovation, Research, Top Posts

The Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) held its annual meeting and trade show on Oct. 30 in Ocala. Brittany Lee, FBGA president, says the annual meeting is a great opportunity for the blueberry industry to come together. The meeting featured an educational seminar series focusing on several different topics. University of Florida researchers Oscar Liburd and Phil Harmon kicked off …

Sneak Peek: November 2018 VSCNews Magazine

Abbey Taylor Research, Sneak peek, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

Get in the know on H2O with the November issue of VSCNews magazine. Water is a crucial aspect of agriculture in the Southeast, and the November magazine will give readers an update on ongoing water issues and a new irrigation technology. As the Florida population grows, water resources become scarcer, creating a challenge for the state’s agriculture industry. Rich Budell, …

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UF/IFAS Earns Record $166 Million for Research to Help Solve Critical Issues

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Research

Funding for research projects from federal, state and private sources at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences hit a record $166 million in fiscal year 2017-2018. Grant support underwrites programs that include feeding a hungry world, improving nutrition among at-risk populations and ensuring sufficient safe water for a growing global population. As just a few examples …