Macro Bug Management

Abbey Taylor Pests, Top Posts

Though stink bugs and leaffooted bugs may be the easiest pests to scout due to their large size, they are also some of the most difficult to control. These large insects, also known as macro bugs, live in urban and rural areas and are highly migratory. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension entomologist with Auburn University, says these…

Yoho Introduces an Ag-Only Guest Worker Bill

Abbey Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

In the midst of a farm bill being finalized, labor is still top of mind for U.S. Congressman Ted Yoho. In mid-July, he visited AgNet Media to discuss imperative agricultural legislation. There is currently a bill for agricultural labor, Rep. Goodlatte’s AG Act. Yoho says it’s a good bill and he could support it. However,…

Research Progress on Growing Olives in Florida

Breanna Kendrick Olives, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick When olives began to be investigated as a potential crop for Florida, it made sense for Mack Thetford to be involved with the research. He has traditionally worked in plant propagation, dune restoration and evaluation of plants for drier landscapes, which is where olive trees are typically grown. Thetford is an associate…

USDA Forecasts Fluctuations in Produce Prices

Breanna Kendrick Agri-business, Industry News Release, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick According to the recent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) consumer price index report on changes to food category forecasts, prices for fresh fruits declined 1.2 percent from May to June but are up 1.9 percent compared with June 2017. Citrus prices rose 2.3 percent while prices for apples and bananas fell 0.4 percent. Prices for all…

Soil Moisture Sensors Improve Irrigation

Abbey Taylor Corn, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

By Charles Barrett Soil moisture sensors are useful for making irrigation decisions, record keeping and monitoring plant roots. Knowing where a crop root zone is or is not helps fine-tune an irrigation schedule. Here is how: DETERMINING HOW MUCH WATER TO APPLY An irrigation schedule is a game plan for how a crop will be…

Advice for Managing Watermelon Diseases

Breanna Kendrick Top Posts, Watermelon

By Breanna Kendrick Depending on where you are, different diseases could affect your watermelons. Phytophthora, fusarium wilt, anthracnose, downy mildew and gummy stem blight are the biggest issues that Nicholas Dufault, University of Florida associate professor and Extension plant pathologist, has seen. These are the most common diseases in Florida-grown watermelons. With phytophthora, whole plant…

Learn New Tools for Nematode Management

Abbey Taylor Pests, Top Posts

Nematodes are a key pest in vegetables and strawberries. Johan Desaeger, an assistant professor of nematology at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, has spent years studying nematodes and how to manage them. He will be giving a presentation at the upcoming Vegetables and Specialty Crops Expo. According to Desaeger, historically,…

Register Today for Georgia 2018 Ag Issues Summit

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Legislative, Top Posts

The Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) invites those interested to attend the 2018 Ag Issues Summit, which will be held Aug. 23 in Perry. While the meeting is free, registration is required as space is limited. While the meeting is free, registration is required as space is limited. Georgia’s two Agriculture Committee Chairmen, Senator John Wilkinson and Representative Tom McCall, are hosting this…