Fungicides to Help Fight Target Spot in Tomato

Jaci Schreckengost Tomatoes, Top Posts

Target spot is a very difficult disease to manage, according to Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. This disease thrives in high humidity and recently has been prominent in Florida tomato plants. Vallad says even though it is a tough disease to combat,…

Protecting Tomatoes at Different Stages

Abigail Taylor Tomatoes, Top Posts

Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, is working to discover the best ways to fight disease in tomatoes. He says a main issue is bacterial spot in fields and transfer houses. "Typically, growers have relied heavily on copper-based products for managing disease in the field, but…

High-Tunnel Production and Grafting Organic Tomatoes

Abigail Taylor Organic, Tomatoes, Top Posts

Researchers at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) recently presented results from a 2016 trial on organic tomato production. The research explored high-tunnel production versus field production, as well as interactions between grafted and non-grafted plants. Craig Frey, a Ph.D. student and horticulture scientist, worked along with Xin Zhao, UF/IFAS assistant…

Florida Organic Growers and UF/IFAS Host Successful Workshop

Abigail Taylor Tomatoes, Top Posts

Florida Organic Growers partnered with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) to host the Integrated Organic Tomato Production Workshop on May 15 in Citra. The workshop covered several topics, including organic high-tunnel tomato production, tomato grafting methods and postharvest sanitation of tomatoes. Attendees were able to listen to presentations by researchers…

Southwest Florida Struggles with Whiteflies and Drought

Abigail Taylor Pests, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Watermelon

The drought is not the only problem Florida tomato and watermelon growers are facing this season. Gene McAvoy, regional vegetable Extension agent with the University of Florida, said whitefly pressure has proliferated and become a big problem for growers. Florida’s relatively warm winter this past year has caused tremendous pest pressure (especially whiteflies) now in…

UF/IFAS Breeder Develops Genetic Path to Tastier Tomatoes

Kelsey Fry Tomatoes, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu Source: Harry Klee, 352-392-8249, hjklee@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla, Jan. 26, 2017 --- Some consumers crave tastier tomatoes than those they buy at the supermarket, so a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researcher led a global team of scientists that found chemical combinations for better flavor.   In a…