Strawberry Industry Participation Needed for Survey

Abigail Taylor Research, Strawberry, Top Posts

Dr. Sanjun Gu, an Extension horticulture specialist at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, recently spoke about his ongoing research and how growers can participate in the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative's (NSSI) strawberry survey. There are 13 states currently participating in this nationwide survey, but Gu hopes to encourage more participation. The survey mainly…

UF/IFAS Breeder Develops Genetic Path to Tastier Tomatoes

Kelsey Fry Tomatoes, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu Source: Harry Klee, 352-392-8249, hjklee@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla, Jan. 26, 2017 --- Some consumers crave tastier tomatoes than those they buy at the supermarket, so a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researcher led a global team of scientists that found chemical combinations for better flavor.   In a…

Students Have Unique Opportunity with HM. Clause and ASTA

Kelsey Fry innovation, Technology, Top Posts

The Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference on January 29–30 will be hosting the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Challenge 2050 Project. A group of 25 students have been selected to attend the conference. "They are being sponsored by HM. Clause, a large vegetable seed company here in the U.S. and globally," says…

Fusarium Wilt in Watermelon

Abigail Taylor Top Posts, Watermelon

Dan Egel, an Extension vegetable pathologist at Purdue University, recently spoke at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference about issues with Fusarium wilt in watermelon transplants. He also discussed his yearly greenhouse trial on watermelon and Fusarium wilt. Since watermelon need long, hot growing seasons, growers may choose to start the watermelon's growth indoors…

Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference This Weekend

Kelsey Fry Seeds, Technology, Top Posts, Vegetables

Andy LaVigne, president and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), is gearing up for the 56th Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference. This year's conference is being held January 28–31 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This is the conference's second year working with Disney. The conference will provide attendees with a behind-the-scenes look…

An Organic Pest Control Approach

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Janine Spies, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Florida (UF), recently spoke at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference about the benefits of intercropping buckwheat and organic crops to reduce pests and disease. Spies believes that organic production is at a disadvantage because of the limitations on tools to resist pests. Farmers are…

Watermelon Variety Trial Results

Abigail Taylor Research, Top Posts, Watermelon

Timothy Coolong, an Extension vegetable specialist at the University of Georgia, recently shared results from his watermelon variety trial for 2016. This year, the trial included 35 seedless varieties and seven seeded varieties. The high yielder in this trial was Kingman from Sakata. This is the first time Kingman has been entered in this trial.…

Florida Organic Growers and UF/IFAS Host Free Organic Spinach Production System Workshop

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

Contact: Jenni Williams, 321.749.6061 Email: jenni@foginfo.org GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida Organic Growers and University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) are hosting a free Organic Spinach Production System workshop in Citra. When: Thursday, February 9 Time: 1 to 4 p.m. Location: University of Florida Plant Science Research and Education, Unit 2556, West Highway 318,…