Sneak Peek: October VSCNews Magazine

Abbey Taylor Sneak peek, Top Posts

Labor is always top of mind for vegetable and specialty crop growers. The October issue of VSCNews magazine will address this ever-changing but always crucial topic. AgNet West’s Brian German discusses how labor contractors can help make the H-2A program an easier experience for growers. German spoke with a California grower who shares his positive…

Varroa Mite Control Efforts Continue

Breanna Kendrick Pests, Pollinators, Research, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Varroa mites have been in the United States since 1987, but there's still not a good solution for controlling them. These mites impact honeybee colonies by feeding on the bees and vectoring viruses. The mites pass viruses around the colonies and make the bees very sick. Varroa control is tricky because the…

Certified Crop Advisors Experience the Diversity of Florida Ag

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Vegetables

Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) from around the United States and Canada gathered in Bonita Springs, Florida, this week for their annual board meeting. The meetings began on Sept. 18, but several attendees arrived a day early to embark on a tour of South Florida agriculture. Armando Campos, chairmen of the North American CCA board, says…

University of Florida Aims to Improve Sweet Corn

Breanna Kendrick Corn, Research, Top Posts, Uncategorized

By Breanna Kendrick There's been a lot of advances in using genomics to help improve plant breeding. Most of the advances in corn have focused on field corn, but now researchers are aiming to improve sweet corn. Mark Settles, University of Florida (UF) horticultural sciences professor, and his team are working to find new traits…

GMOs vs. Cowpea Curculios

Breanna Kendrick Pests, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick A big issue growers in the Southeast are facing is a weevil called cowpea curculio. This New World insect is very harsh on Old World peas, such as cowpeas. Insects are typically controlled with an insecticide, but this particular weevil has become resistant to many insecticides and can devastate a crop. Cowpea…

Putting Florida Peaches in the Spotlight

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

Believe it or not, many consumers and retailers do not know that peaches are grown in Florida. However, thanks to a Specialty Crop Block Grant, the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation (FSCF) and Fresh From Florida (FFF) are working to raise awareness of Florida peaches. FSCF initially received the grant in 2017. After two successful seasons,…

Hurricane Florence Damage Protocols

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

By Breanna Kendrick As Hurricane Florence is knocking on the Carolinas’ doorstep, Tom Dobbins, director of Cooperative Extension Service for Clemson University, has some information to share with South Carolina farmers: "Our agents are prepared to go out and assist the farmers who experience damages from Florence," he says. Agents will assure proper documentation of…