Fumigation for Soilborne Pathogens in Strawberries

Ashley Robinson Fumigation, Strawberry, Top Posts

By Ashley Robinson Since the phaseout of methyl bromide, charcoal rot, caused by the pathogen Macrophomina, has become a growing issue for Florida strawberry growers. For years, soil fumigation with methyl bromide was the preferred method to manage soilborne pathogens such as Macrophomina. However, because methyl bromide was categorized as a Class I ozone-depleting substance, its production and use have …


Kevin Folta Receives 2019 American Agri-Women’s Veritas Award

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Strawberry

(UF/IFAS) — Kevin Folta, a University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences horticulture professor with a distinguished career in strawberry genetics, was honored with the Veritas award by American Agri-Women (AAW) at their recent convention in Tigard, Oregon. The Veritas award is the highest award given by AAW to a non-member. It is presented annually to a person who …

Two-Spotted Spider Mites: Serious Pest in Strawberries

Karla Arboleda Pests, Strawberry, Top Posts

By Shane Curry and Jeff Cook With fall planting upon us, the southeastern strawberry season is underway. In this part of the country, strawberry plants are set annually from September to November with fruit ripening from April to June. From the time the plants arrive on the farm in the fall through harvest time in spring, growers must thoroughly inspect …

Understanding Disease Through Art

Karla Arboleda Research, Strawberry, Top Posts

By Madeline Dowling and Guido Schnabel What comes to mind when you think of football season? Is it the excitement of cheering on your favorite team? Good times with family and friends? Incredible food? For many people, football season is a wonderful time of the year. However, amid the excitement, it’s easy to forget how much effort each team invests …


Hemp, Hops and More Crops Highlight Florida Ag Expo

Dan Cooper Florida, Florida Ag Expo, Hemp, Hops, Industry News Release, Research, Strawberry, Tomatoes

Farmers, nursery managers and others can get a glimpse of the latest and greatest University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) research into tomatoes, strawberries, hemp, hops and ornamental plants at the annual Florida Ag Expo at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. Informative sessions will fill the day, with events running from 7:30 a.m. …

Strawberry Advisory System Helps Growers Cut Costs

Abbey Taylor Produce, Strawberry, VSCNews magazine

Protecting crops from pathogens is always top-of-mind for growers, but crop protection products can quickly burn a big hole in a grower’s wallet. A researcher-developed strawberry advisory system aims to keep that from happening, while still ensuring the crop gets the care it needs. According to Adrian Zuniga, a doctoral student in Natalia Peres’ lab at the University of Florida, …

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USDA Invests $11M In Research That Will Support Specialty Crop Farmers

Dan Cooper Avocado, Berries, Fruit, Grapes, Hemp, Hops, Horticulture, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Mangos, Mushrooms, Nuts, Olives, Onion, Organic, Peaches, Pecan, Pomegranates, potato, Produce, Stone Fruit, Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables, Watermelon

WASHINGTON (USDA-Oct. 3, 2019) — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins announced that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested $11 million in research that will support specialty crop farmers. “This collaborative public-private research effort will focus on applying innovative solutions to pest management problems that often are otherwise not available to specialty …

Advanced Technologies Speed Up Strawberry Breeding

Abbey Taylor Florida, Strawberry, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Seonghee Lee Strawberry is a genetically complex fruit crop. The use of conventional breeding approaches to combine many important characteristics in a single variety is difficult and takes a long time. These characteristics can include disease resistance, fruit quality attributes such as sugar content or aroma, or any other trait that naturally occurs in cultivated strawberry. Traditionally, University of …