Herbicide Recommendations for Pepper Production

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Nathan Boyd Weed management can be a significant issue for many farms that grow peppers using a plasticulture production system. Nutsedge species can penetrate plastic mulches, and broadleaf weeds and grasses can emerge in the planting holes or in the rows between the raised, mulch-covered beds. Fumigants are an important component of weed management. However, except for metam products, …

Be on the Lookout for These Summer Pests

Abbey Taylor Alabama, Pests, Top Posts

Pests are relentless on crops all season long. However, during the hot summers, there are a few specific insects southeastern growers should be on the lookout for. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, recently collected data from sticky wing traps in the field. He reports that he found high levels of moths. Majumdar says the traps …

Citrus, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Industries Collide at the General Session

Abbey Taylor Florida, Top Posts, VSC Expo

By Ashley Robinson AgNet Media Inc. is excited to bring the citrus, vegetable and specialty crop industries together for our second annual general session. We invite all growers to attend the general session, where we will kick off the Vegetable & Specialty Crop Expo (VSC Expo), being held in conjunction with the 28th annual Citrus Expo. Topics of broad interest, …

UF/IFAS Hosts First Muscadine Grape Field Day in Citra

Karla Arboleda Grapes, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda On July 16, growers visited the University of Florida’s (UF) Plant Science Research and Education Unit to hear about the future of the muscadine grape industry in Florida. About 130 attendees listened to presentations on cultural practices, potential health benefits and production methods for muscadine grapes. The native Florida crop has been gaining more popularity among growers …

New Proposal Makes H-2A More User Friendly

Abbey Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts, VSC Expo

The H-2A program is set to be revamped. President Trump recently announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) will start the modernization process for the H-2A guest worker program. The DOL published a formal rule change, stating “it should streamline and simplify the H-2A application process, strengthen protections for U.S. and foreign workers, and ease unnecessary burdens on employers.”  DOL announced on …

Hemp Pesticides Get Approved in South Carolina

Karla Arboleda Hemp, Legislative, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Hemp growers in South Carolina received a list of pesticides permitted for use on their crops. Earlier this month, the Department of Pesticide Regulation approved a list of pesticides from section 25(b) under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act administered through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Steve Cole, director for regulatory public service programs for Clemson …

VSC Expo Seminar Schedule Now Available

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

Growers seeking the latest information and research to help make them successful need look no further than the 2019 Vegetable and Specialty Crop Expo (VSC Expo) seminar program. Presented by experts from the University of Florida and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the VSC Expo seminars will explore the best production practices and upcoming threats and trends facing the industry. …