Watch Out for Sweet Potato Weevil

Breanna Kendrick Pests, Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick What's small, black, has six legs and causes a lot of damage to sweet potato crops? The sweet potato weevil. Once this pest is present and fields become highly infested, it's very difficult to control. The weevil causes unsightly effects to the outside and inside of the sweet potato, making it hard…

Crop Diversification Considerations

Breanna Kendrick Agri-business, potato, Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick There is a big push on nutrition in our nation right now, so it's important that farmers are able to diversify to meet the demands of those seeking healthier diets. Wendy Mussoline, a University of Florida multi-county agriculture Extension agent for Flagler and Putnam counties, works with farmers who want to incorporate…

Exploring Alternative Crops for Hastings, Florida

Breanna Kendrick Cole Crop, Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Breanna Kendrick Hastings is the potato capital of Florida, but local potato growers  recently have been facing marketing challenges and contract reductions. Therefore, interest in alternative crops for the region is growing. Gary England, director of the University of Florida’s Hastings Agricultural Extension Center, and his team have been researching alternative crops for the…

Wireworm Concerns for Florida Sweet Potato Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts

University of Florida (UF) researchers are studying a pest that is a concern for a crop currently expanding in north Florida. Wireworm has been causing problems for sweet potato growers in the state, said Norm Leppla, professor of entomology and program director of integrated pest management at UF. Researchers, such as Leppla, are examining how…

Fun, Exciting, Healthy: Sweet Potatoes

Abbey Taylor Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables

Healthy, new, fresh, easy and fun to prepare. These are just a few of the marketing buzzwords associated with sweet potatoes. Jason Tucker, president of the U.S. Sweet Potato Council, spoke about issues affecting potato growers. He says today's consumer is looking for an appealing potato that is aesthetically pleasing in color, texture and sweetness.…