Weed Management Research for Cabbage to Help Florida Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

Nathan Boyd’s research on weed management in Florida cabbage is aimed at helping increase the crop’s yield and solve problems for growers. Boyd, a University of Florida associate professor of weed science, says it can be difficult to manage weeds because of the limited use of registered herbicides due to low use of plastic mulch. Using plasticulture to manage weeds …

More Hops Research in Florida

Jaci Schreckengost Hops, Top Posts

Research on hops production in Florida continues to grow, allowing new opportunities for agriculturists and breweries. Brian Pearson, University of Florida assistant professor of landscape, ornamental and protected crop management in the Department of Environmental Horticulture, says his team began researching hops in 2012. Work will potentially continue for another three to four years. “Many believed that hops production was …

Give Your Input on NAFTA Renegotiations

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Trade

As released on May 18, the Trump administration is moving forward with its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). According to the amended Trade Act of 1974, any time a newly proposed trade agreement comes about, all interested persons have an opportunity to present their views on it. Now is the time to submit comments regarding …

Georgia Peach Crop Negatively Affected

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

Some people have wondered how the freezing temperatures back in March may have affected the Georgia peach crop. But according to Jack Spruill, director of marketing with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the crop was affected but not by the freeze.      

Education Funding Struggles in Florida Session

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

The Florida Legislature is meeting for a special session June 7–10 to resolve funding that was not agreed upon during the regular 2017 session. The funding issues include dollars toward the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) as well as the Florida 4-H program, which Governor Rick Scott vetoed during the regular session. The Florida 4-H …

Blueberry Festival Raises Nearly $25,000 for Non-Profits

Abbey Taylor Berries, Top Posts

Contact: Bill Coats, RCMA Director of Communications, (813) 376-8149; bill@rcma.org. UMATILLA – The seventh annual Blueberry Gleaning Festival at Spring Valley Farms raised nearly $25,000 for Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) and Ocala’s FreeD.O.M. Clinic. The festival on May 21 drew more than 500 guests to the rolling hills of Umatilla to pick their own blueberries and enjoy a barbecue …

Preparing for Predicted Active Hurricane Season

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Weather

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting a 45 percent chance of having a more active than normal hurricane season for 2017, which means more people, land and animals will be affected. NOAA forecasters also predict a 70 percent chance of 11 to 17 storms that will be named during the 2017 season, with two to …

Surgically Strike Out Weeds that Impede Crop Growth

Jaci Schreckengost innovation, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck By using a combination of fumigants, University of Florida scientists believe they can surgically strike out some weeds that otherwise get in the way of vegetable growth. Researchers with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have shown that farmers can place fumigants in specific zones, rather than using a single treatment for every situation. For …