Chemical Labeling for Pomegranates

Kayla Mercer 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Fun, Exciting, Healthy: Sweet Potatoes

Kayla Mercer 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.…

Florida Post-Harvest Horticulture Tour Registration Open

Kayla Mercer Horticulture, Top Posts, Vegetables

The 28th annual Florida Post-Harvest Horticulture Tour will take place March 6–10, 2017. The University of Florida (UF) post-harvest program is designed for produce industry professionals, researchers and students involved in all aspects of the produce industry from field to retail. “We are interested in how fresh quality is maintained from the point of harvest…

Asian Vegetables Rapidly Emerging in Florida

Josh McGill Top Posts, Vegetables

By Guodong (David) Liu Asian vegetables are crops originating from countries such as China, India and Japan. They are also referred to as “oriental vegetables,” and include bitter melon, long squash, yardlong bean, luffa, Chinese red meat radish and more. These new crops are emerging in Florida. In northeastern Florida, there is a grower producing…