Pair of Pests Cause Concern for Sweet Corn Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Corn, Top Posts

Two pest issues have become critical for southeastern sweet corn growers. Julien Beuzelin, assistant professor of entomology at the University of Florida's Everglades Research and Education Center (EREC) in Belle Glade, said that he has been in his current position for only about a year, but has seen the affects of two main pests for…

Mechanized Harvesting Brings Challenges for Blueberry Growers

Abigail Taylor Berries, Technology, Top Posts

As labor continues to be a challenge for blueberry growers, there has been an increasing interest in machine harvesting in fresh markets. However, what may seem like a quick fix to a large problem has presented difficulties of its own, according to Jeff Williamson, Extension horticulturist with the University of Florida. Traditionally, blueberries are hand…

Pest Research for Florida Olives

Jaci Schreckengost Olives, Top Posts

While the possibility of olives becoming a commercial crop in Florida grows, research to determine what pests and diseases may affect the plants has increased.   Ornamental olive trees have been grown around Florida for over 100 years. However, olives as a commercial crop is relatively new.   Eleanor Phillips, an entomology and nematology graduate…

FOG Discusses 2017 NOSB Recommendations

Jaci Schreckengost Organic, Top Posts

Organic growers across the Southeast have different opinions on the latest recommendations for what should be considered organic, issued by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The NOSB, made up of 15 industry leaders, recommended that hydroponics and aquaponics be considered organic at a 2017 meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. The NOSB’s recommendations are considered for…

UF Web Tool Helps South Carolina, Florida Strawberry Growers

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, Strawberry, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina are reaping the benefits of a UF/IFAS web-based system designed to ward off two deadly pathogens, a new University of Florida study shows. That’s good news as Florida’s strawberry growers start a new season. Strawberries pack a powerful economic punch…

Lychee Looks Promising for Florida

Abigail Taylor Top Posts, Tropical Fruit

Lychee has potential in Florida, according to Jonathan Crane, a tropical fruit crop specialist with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead. Crane recently gave a presentation at the Fruit Crop Management Short Course in early November, where he discussed lychee. He said lychee has…

Clemson Brings Sustainable Ag to the Southeast

Jaci Schreckengost Organic, Top Posts

Clemson University created the Sustainable Agriculture Program as an Extension outreach program to help inform and educate students, farmers and other industry professionals about sustainable ag. Geoffrey Zehnder, professor of entomology and coordinator of the Sustainable Agriculture Program, said the program helps provide information to those who need it and want to learn more. According…

Alabama’s Beginning Farmer Program

Abigail Taylor Business, Top Posts

The Beginning Farmer Program has come to Alabama. The Alabama Beginning Farmer Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant, aims to provide a knowledge infrastructure for new and developing farmers. Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn University Extension entomologist, is working on the program, which he calls a “very important…