Strawberry Grower Discusses Hurricane Irma Damage

Abbey Taylor Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts, Weather

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a meeting on Oct. 12 to discuss damage from Hurricane Irma. Irma hit Florida in the beginning of September, just as many vegetable and specialty crop growers were preparing their fields to plant. The meeting featured two sets of panels in which growers gave testimonies about their damage after the storm. One of the panelists …

Watermelon Grafting to Manage Fusarium Wilt

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Watermelon

Researchers are studying the effects of grafting in watermelon crops to manage a pathogen continuing to cause problems for many Florida growers. Two University of Florida researchers, Nicholas Dufault and Xin Zhao, are currently on the team to examine grafting possibilities for the watermelon industry. Dufault, an assistant professor and plant pathologist for vegetable and agronomic crops, said that crop …

Fresh from Florida at PMA’s Fresh Summit

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Vegetables

Fresh from Florida growers attended the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo in New Orleans on Oct. 19–21 to continue the tradition of showing the array of fruit and vegetable crops Florida growers produce. Chris Denmark, development representative supervisor for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, was in Louisiana for the event at the Fresh …

Artichokes: High-Profit Potential for Florida

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Shinsuke Agehara Artichokes may look tough to eat, but they are a superfood in so many ways. They are immature, edible buds surrounded by layers of triangular petals. The edible portions consist primarily of the fleshy lower part of each petal and the large fleshy base, known as the “heart.” To enjoy the whole artichoke, you need to pull …

Insecticide-Resistant Pest Pummels Cowpeas

Abbey Taylor Pests, Top Posts

An insecticide-resistant pest is ravishing through southern peas, also known as cowpeas, in southern Georgia and Alabama. The cowpea curculio is an increasing threat in the Southeast as growers struggle to control the pest. Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn University Extension entomologist, says cowpea is threatened by several different pests, including caterpillars, thrips and aphids. Cowpea is a major crop in southern …

Potential Nematode Concern for Florida Hops Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Hops, Top Posts

As Florida growers are looking at possibilities for new crops available to the state, many University of Florida (UF) researchers are beginning to examine what problems growers could face in the future with these crops. Johan Desaeger, a nematologist at UF’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Wimauma, says his research station has been looking into nematodes in …

Georgia Agriculture Well Represented at PMA Fresh Summit

Abbey Taylor Produce, Top Posts

Several Georgia organizations, associations and growers were represented at the recent PMA Fresh Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Fresh Summit is a great place to mingle with growers, consumers and industry professionals, and Georgia seemed well represented. The Georgia Grown Pavilion The Georgia Grown Pavilion is a cooperative effort between the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) and …

Administration Announces Accelerated Completion of Herbert Hoover Dike

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Legislative, Top Posts, Water

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump instructed the Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney to accelerate the completion of repairs to Florida’s Herbert Hoover Dike. The Herbert Hoover Dike, which surrounds Lake Okeechobee and provides flood protection to South Florida, was identified by the Army Corps in the early 2000s to be at high risk of failure …