Managing Spider Mites in Florida Strawberries

Abbey Taylor Berries, Pests, Strawberry, Top Posts

As two-spotted spider mites continue to be a serious issue in Florida strawberry fields, Justin Renkema, former assistant professor at the University of Florida, has been working with his colleagues to figure out where these spider mites come from and how best to manage them. He has conducted spider mite research over the past two strawberry seasons. Renkema presented his …

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UF/IFAS Researchers May Use Fungi to Control Deadly Crop Disease

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Research, Strawberry, Tomatoes, Vegetables, Watermelon

A group of fungi might fight a disease that’s dangerous to tomatoes and specialty crops. University of Florida scientists hope to develop this biological strategy as they add to growers’ tools to help control Fusarium wilt. Tomatoes are the number one vegetable crop in Florida. In 2017, approximately 28,000 acres of tomatoes were commercially harvested, with a production value of …

UV Light Can Zap Plant Pathogens

Abbey Taylor Research, Strawberry, Top Posts

How can UV light impact crop diseases? That’s a question David Gadoury has been trying to answer since 1991 in collaboration with universities in Norway, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center and the University of Florida. Gadoury, a senior research associate in Cornell’s Department of Plant Pathology, updated growers at the recent Agritech Trade Show in Plant City, Florida, …

New Varieties Sweeten the Strawberry Season

Abbey Taylor Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts

By next season, Florida strawberry growers will have two new varieties from which to choose. Vance Whitaker, an associate professor and strawberry breeder at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, spoke about the Florida Beauty and Florida Brilliance varieties to growers during the recent Agritech Trade Show in Plant City, Florida. According to Whitaker, Florida Beauty …

Southeastern Strawberry Pest Problems

Abbey Taylor Pests, Strawberry, Top Posts

Strawberries are starting to make their seasonal debut in the Southeast as Florida growers begin their harvest. After the harvest is a great time to reflect on issues from the previous season and look toward the next season. Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris, assistant professor of entomology at Clemson University, recently gave a presentation on a strawberry pest that caused problems this past …

National Strawberry Day Brings Attention to UF/IFAS Varieties

Abbey Taylor Berries, Industry News Release, Strawberry, Top Posts

Vance Whitaker toils day and night to develop the tastiest, best-looking, aromatic strawberries a consumer would want. Yummy enough for a nutritious snack or to help flavor a cake or pie just in time for National Strawberry Day on Feb. 27. Whitaker, an associate professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), …

Foliar Nematodes in Florida Strawberries

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Strawberry, Top Posts

A nematode thought to be new in Florida was found recently on strawberry crops. The foliar nematode is one area of research at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, said Johan Desaeger, assistant professor of entomology and nematology. After some research, Desaeger found this nematode is not new …

Research for Managing Nematodes in Strawberry Crops

Jaci Schreckengost Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts

Researchers at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Wimauma are testing new ways of managing nematode pests as they continue affecting strawberry crops across the state. Johan Desaeger, a nematologist at GCREC, said strawberry growers have faced issues within the last year with species of nematodes that are lesser known in the crop, which …