Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference This Weekend

Kelsey Fry Seeds, Technology, Top Posts, Vegetables

Andy LaVigne, president and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), is gearing up for the 56th Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference. This year’s conference is being held January 28–31 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This is the conference’s second year working with Disney. The conference will provide attendees with a behind-the-scenes look at different approaches Disney takes …

New Weather Tool in the Works

Kelsey Fry Technology, Top Posts

Rick Lusher, project manager for the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN), discusses a new weather tool that is currently being tested to aid growers. “We’re testing a chill accumulation tool that takes into account heating and cooling,” says Lusher. According to Lusher, the tool is currently in the very early stages of testing and development. Researchers are working on calculations …

Get Ready for Gene Editing

Josh McGill Technology, Top Posts

By Kevin M. Folta The technologies of genetic engineering have not been widely adopted for horticultural crops. In fact, outside of Hawaiian papaya and a small acreage of squash, there is no commercial acreage of genetically engineered fruits and vegetables in the United States. There are many reasons for this, including the high cost of deregulation and the poor societal …