Problematic Pair of Pests for Strawberry Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Strawberry, Top Posts

Spider mites and spotted wing drosophila (SWD) have caused many issues for strawberry growers in the Southeast. Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris, assistant professor of entomology and Extension specialist at Clemson University, said these two pests have caused strawberry growers to create a new management plan for both pests. In some smaller productions, Schmidt-Jeffris said growers may not…

Techniques for Improving Strawberries

Jaci Schreckengost Strawberry, Top Posts

Kevin Folta, professor and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida (UF), is studying how different types of light can affect various traits in fruits and vegetables as well as how connecting genes to the traits they carry out in strawberries can decrease the testing time for new varieties. Folta has…

UF Program Helps Keep Strawberry Stock Clean

Jaci Schreckengost Strawberry, Top Posts

The Strawberry Clean Plant Program at the University of Florida (UF) wants to get growers off to a good start by providing healthy strawberry plants. Vance Whitaker, an associate professor and director of the strawberry breeding program at UF, says plants are brought from places with cooler summers than Florida, because there is less precipitation,…

Strawberry Breeding to Address Grower Challenges

Abigail Taylor Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts

Labor availability is decreasing while competition from imports is increasing for strawberry growers in Florida, says Vance Whitaker, associate professor and director of the strawberry breeding and genetics program at the University of Florida. Whitaker says Mexico's strawberry production has increased in the last five years, creating a challenge for Florida growers. “For labor, one…

Time to Celebrate a Year-Round, Healthy Snack – the Strawberry

Abigail Taylor Strawberry, Top Posts

By:Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Today starts National Strawberry Month, a time to reflect on the history of this sweet, nutrition-packed fruit that grows well in Florida – and to extol its health benefits. Strawberries originally grew in Europe. In France, people regarded them as the highest-quality aphrodisiac. People believed Alpine strawberries provided…

Broward County Schools to Serve Students 40,000 Pounds of Plant City Strawberries

Abigail Taylor Strawberry, Top Posts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that Broward County Public Schools will serve more than 40,000 pounds of Florida-grown strawberries to their students over the next two weeks. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Farm to School program facilitated the purchase from Sweet Life Farms in Plant City, Fla.,…

U.S. Strawberry Growers Face Heavy Competition from Mexico

Abigail Taylor Research, Strawberry, Top Posts

Strawberry growers in the United States are feeling pressure from increasing strawberry production in Mexico. Zhengfei Guan, University of Florida assistant professor and agricultural economist, recently spoke at the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference about the struggles strawberry growers are facing and ways to combat those challenges. Mexico's strawberry production is rapidly growing, making the…

How About Another Sweet, Juicy Strawberry, Courtesy of UF/IFAS?

Kelsey Fry Berries, Industry News Release, Strawberry, Top Posts

Feb. 9, 2017 By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu Source: Vance Whitaker, 813-633-4136, vwhitaker@ufl.edu   GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- When you bite into a Florida strawberry for Valentine’s Day or National Strawberry Day on Feb. 27, you savor sweetness and juice. That’s what you’ll find in all varieties bred by University of Florida Institute of Food and…