Precautions Growers Should Take in the Rainy Season

Breanna Kendrick Tomatoes, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Breanna Kendrick The abundance of rain in Florida over the past two weeks has brought concerns about bacterial disease issues for farmers. Gary Vallad, University of Florida associate professor of plant pathology and associate center director at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, discusses some of the precautions growers can take to make…

Producing Profitable Peaches in Florida

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Ali Sarkhosh moved to America last October from Australia to conduct research on the peach industry in Florida. He is an assistant professor and Extension specialist in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. Many growers are concerned about the profitability of growing peaches in Florida. According to Sarkhosh, "The…

Stone Fruit Day Focuses on Florida Peach Production

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Ali Sarkhosh, assistant professor and Extension specialist in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida (UF), spoke at and co-hosted the annual Stone Fruit Field Day at the UF Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra. The event included discussions on the issues and challenges in the stone fruit…

Could a Pacific Northwest Crop Be Produced in Florida?

Abbey Taylor Hops, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Plant physiologist and researcher at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Shinsuke Agehara, is studying the potential of growing hops in Florida. His research focuses on the production of hops and how it will grow in Florida's climate. The exact amount of hops production in Florida is unknown at this time.…

Sneak Peek: June VSCNews Magazine

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

Policies and regulations can impact a grower’s ability to make a living. The June issue of VSCNews magazine will be growers’ one-stop-shop for important governmental updates on the state and federal levels. Southeastern growers will get an overview of their state’s 2018 legislative session. Adam Basford, director of state legislative affairs for Florida Farm Bureau…

Beware of Bacterial and Fungal Pathogens in Increased Rainfall

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Watermelon, Weather

By Breanna Kendrick Nicholas Dufault, assistant professor and Extension agent in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Florida, researches management of diseases affecting vegetable crop production in Florida. "With all the rainfall, the biggest thing we want to pay attention to is the movement of fungal and bacterial pathogens," said Dufault. "Fungal and…

Taking Precautions for Increased Rain

Abbey Taylor potato, Research, Top Posts, Weather

By Breanna Kendrick With widespread rain in Florida for the past week and a half and another week of rain forecasted, growers are becoming concerned about what this might mean for their crops. For the past seven days, rainfall has ranged from 1.20 to 9.43 inches in Florida. Depending on location, the rain has either…

Latest Data from UF Citizen Scientists Show Air Potato Beetles Flourishing in Florida

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, potato, Top Posts

Contact: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307 (office), 949-735-1076 (cell), grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Across Florida, thousands of small, red beetles have been battling the invasive air potato vine for the last eight years, one bite at a time. And they appear to be prospering, according to the latest data collected through the collaborative efforts of the University…