Trump Pledges to Protect Farmers as He Considers More China Tariffs

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

A trade dispute with China has U.S. producers wondering how this will impact them and their businesses. Despite worrisome retaliation tariffs from China, President Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue vows to take care of America’s farmers and ranchers. Perdue says that he is under an order from President Trump to develop a…

Tasty Tomatoes and Other Produce

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Tomatoes, Top Posts

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Imagine sinking your teeth into a fat, bright red tomato, whose aroma promises a tantalizing treat. Instead, you realize you got a great looker, but not a great taster. That’s because the consumer has been left out of the breeding process. For 20 years, Harry Klee, a professor of horticultural sciences at…

Blueberry Variety Update

Abbey Taylor Berries, Research, Top Posts

The University of Florida’s (UF) blueberry breeding program has been bringing growers new varieties for over 40 years. Patricio Munoz, assistant professor at UF and head of the blueberry breeding program, recently highlighted two varieties released in 2016, Keecrisp and Patrecia. According to Munoz, Keecrisp is a very crisp variety, hence the name. This variety…

Hole-Punch Technology Dramatically Reduces Herbicide Use

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

By Nathan S. Boyd and Arnold Schumann The majority of vegetables grown in Florida are grown on raised, fumigated beds covered with plastic mulch. This production technique has been widely adopted because the combination of plastic mulch and drip tape improves water and fertility efficiency. The use of plastic mulches has many additional benefits, including…

Disease, Pest Research Increases for Georgia Grapes

Abbey Taylor Grapes, Research, Top Posts

By Jaci Schreckengost Research at the University of Georgia (UGA) is becoming more focused on wine grapes as the industry continues to grow in Georgia. White County Extension Coordinator and Natural Resources Agent Nathan Eason says UGA's current entomologist is putting a lot of effort into research on wine grapes for growers. The elevation in…

Florida Blueberry Growers Report Crop Loss Due to Gall Midge

Abbey Taylor Berries, Pests, Top Posts

Update: The FBGA sent another email on March 30 with some survey results. This is what it reported: "Approximately a third of the state’s acreage has responded to our survey, 95% of which are reporting damage at some level. Over two-thirds of the acreage are reporting more than 20% crop loss (many of which indicated…

Post-Irma Root Rot Concerns in Georgia Peaches

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts, Weather

Most of the nation is aware that the Florida citrus industry suffered greatly when Hurricane Irma made landfall in September 2017. The storm resulted in approximately $760 million in citrus damage. In addition, the Florida fruit and vegetable industry sustained about $180 million in loss. By the time Irma reached Georgia, it had weakened substantially,…