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New Bed Design Can Save Growers Money

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

(UF/IFAS) — From Florida to Virginia, farmers are enjoying the fruits of Sanjay Shukla’s labor. His compact-bed geometry system allows growers to plant crops in tall soil beds, and the result is thousands of dollars in annual savings. New research by Shukla and his team shows that with savings of up to $102,000 per crop, annually, for a typical, 250-acre …

Postharvest Practices Necessary for Peach Trees During Drought

Karla Arboleda Georgia, Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda According to Extension faculty at the University of Georgia (UGA), peach growers need to continue to water their trees after harvest to avoid negative effects from the ongoing drought. Dario Chavez, a professor in peach research and Extension at UGA, said there is still a lack of water in areas throughout Georgia. GEORGIA DROUGHT Since at least …

Healthy Ponds for Healthy Environments

Karla Arboleda Florida, Top Posts, Water

By Alexander J. Reisinger, Steven P. Hohman, Ashley R. Smyth and Eban Z. Bean If you live in an urban area, you have likely noticed small lakes or ponds in your community that are often paired with newer residential or commercial developments. Maybe you fish in them, canoe across them or watch wildlife attracted to the water. These ponds are …

Managing Pests in Florida Blueberries

Karla Arboleda Berries, Florida, Pests, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) are working on techniques for managing pests in Florida blueberries. Both blueberry gall midge and chilli thrips are problematic for several blueberry varieties. Oscar Liburd, a professor of entomology at UF/IFAS, shared findings from the past season on managing pests. PEST ACTIVITY AND IDENTIFICATION …

Thinking Hemp? Have a Business Plan

Tacy Callies Florida, Hemp, Top Posts

By Ernie Neff Jeff Sharkey, executive director of the Florida Hemp Association, moderated a panel discussion on federal and state hemp policy at the recent Florida Industrial Hemp Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.  “Getting the (hemp) application and licensing is reasonably straightforward,” Sharkey says. “The Department of Ag (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) wants people to be successful.”  …

Better Cucumber and Watermelon Varieties Coming Soon

Karla Arboleda Cucurbits, North Carolina, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) are working to release new cucumber and watermelon varieties. Due to persistent issues affecting cucurbits, experts at NCSU are aiming to improve cucumber and watermelon varieties. Todd Wehner, a horticultural science professor at NCSU, is working to provide cucurbits that are resistant to downy mildew and gummy stem blight. CUCUMBERS …

New Method to Combat Brazilian Peppertree Problem

Karla Arboleda Florida, Pests, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) are now approved to release a specific type of thrips to help control the Brazilian peppertree problem. INVASIVE SPECIES Brazilian peppertrees are an invasive shrub that cover about 700,000 acres of Florida. Carey Minteer, an assistant professor at UF/IFAS, worked on a portion of …

Florida Water-Quality Plans Include Focus on Septic Systems

Karla Arboleda Florida, Technology, Top Posts, Water

By Andrea Albertin and Mary Lusk As the state of Florida moves forward with watershed and springs basin restoration plans, also known as basin management action plans (BMAPS), reducing nitrogen loads to degraded water bodies is a priority in many areas. Nitrogen is an essential plant nutrient, but in excess in certain aquatic ecosystems it can lead to water-quality deterioration …