Cooler Weather Is Great News for Strawberry Growers

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

The cool weather this year has Florida strawberry growers’ spirits high for this season. Kenneth Parker, president of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, said there is a tremendous amount of hopeful optimism for this season. “The greatest advantage that we have going into this season, comparing it to last year, is that the weather is picture perfect,” said Parker. “We …

UF Tomato Research Trials: Jointless Ground Tomatoes

Abbey Taylor Research, Tomatoes, Top Posts

The University of Florida (UF) has been involved in ongoing tomato research over the years with the objective of aiding growers in production and cost efficiencies. The initial goal of university researchers was to breed a tomato plant that can be grown on the ground without staking or tying, which can be achieved with traditional tomato varieties. This has evolved …

Chemical Labeling for Pomegranates

Abbey Taylor Pomegranates, Top Posts

The Florida Pomegranate Association (FPA) is seeing growers plant more and more pomegranates as alternative crops throughout the state of Florida. Cindy Weinstein, FPA president, says continued growth in pomegranate acreage is expected as new varieties are introduced that will succeed in Florida’s diverse climate. These varieties include evergreens that will not go dormant, which are predicted to benefit South …

Bacterial Wilt of Southern Highbush Blueberry

Josh McGill Berries, Top Posts

Bacterial wilt of southern highbush blueberry caused by Ralstonia solanacearum By: Phil Harmon, UF/IFAS Extension Blueberry Plant Pathologist Bacterial wilt is a newly discovered disease of blueberry in Florida. Symptoms of the disease are similar to those caused by Xylella and bacterial scorch. Plants with bacterial wilt will show signs of water stress such as wilting and marginal leaf burn. …

Florida Blueberry Growers Association to Host Fall Meeting

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

The 2016 Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) Fall Meeting & Tradeshow is quickly approaching. The day-long educational event will take place on Tuesday, November 29, at the Hillsborough Community College Trinkle Center in Plant City. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. FBGA President Dudley Calfee says, “The greatest opportunity (of the meeting) is for growers to …

Veteran Economist Named Interim Director of Tropical Research and Education Center

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Top Posts

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Edward “Gilly” Evans, a longtime agricultural economist at the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ (UF/IFAS) Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC), has been named interim director of the center as the unit is hiring seven new faculty members. The new scientists include an agro-ecologist (a combination of agronomist and ecologist) who will study, …

New Administration May Benefit Seed Industry

Josh McGill Seeds, Top Posts

A new administration likely means changes are coming on the regulation front for agriculture industries. Seed industry leaders say the new philosophies could be beneficial to their key issues. American Seed Trade Association President and CEO Andy LaVigne spoke about the presidential election results and what it means for the seed industry. “Well, I think it will affect agriculture overall …

Fun, Exciting, Healthy: Sweet Potatoes

Abbey Taylor Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables

Healthy, new, fresh, easy and fun to prepare. These are just a few of the marketing buzzwords associated with sweet potatoes. Jason Tucker, president of the U.S. Sweet Potato Council, spoke about issues affecting potato growers. He says today’s consumer is looking for an appealing potato that is aesthetically pleasing in color, texture and sweetness. “Fresh” is the main idea …