Georgia Pecan Growers Association Sees Successful Conference

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On March 29, the Georgia Pecan Growers Association held its annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Tifton. The conference was a big success with approximately 800 people in attendance and 85 exhibitors. Some topics discussed included pecan genetics and DNA fingerprinting, pecan scab, management of black pecan aphids and the University of Georgia’s (UGA) new pecan variety, Avalon. Georgia …

USDA Issues Letter on Claims Advisory For Blueberry Grower

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Source: Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association BACKGROUND: Severe freeze events in the Southeastern United States on March 15-16, 2017, have resulted in significant and varying crop damage, particularly for blueberry and peach growers in Georgia and South Carolina. Some reports indicate the freeze event may have damaged 80 percent of the blueberry crop in Southern Georgia and 85 to …

Pomegranate Pruning Techniques

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Andrew Koeser, a professor of landscape management at the University of Florida, recently spoke at the Florida Pomegranate Association growers meeting about pruning pomegranate trees. Koeser discussed a pruning timeline to follow to keep pomegranate trees healthy and promote continuous growth. When the tree is first established, he advised, do not complicate the transplanting process; allow the tree to grow. …

 Annual Festival Puts Blueberries in the Spotlight

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

  The 2017 annual Florida Blueberry Festival is just around the corner. The event takes place in historic Brooksville on April 22 and 23. The blueberry festival has become a staple event for the Florida blueberry industry. Growers from around the state support the event through sponsorships, volunteering and attending the festival. Teddy Koukoulis, grower and director of blueberry operations …

Florida Growers Invited to Olive Field Day

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University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County will be hosting the Florida Olive Field Day on April 7. The event will be held at Florida Olive Farms & Mill in Live Oak. Karen Stauderman, UF/IFAS commercial horticulture agent, says the event is open to commercial, new and potential growers. “We’re putting on this …

Georgia’s Peach Crop Lacks Sufficient Chill Hours for Productive Growing Season

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By Julia Rodriguez From the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Media Newswire: Georgia’s peach crop may suffer this year due to insufficient chill hours, which are essential to peach production, according to Jeff Cook, University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Taylor and Peach counties. Depending on the variety, peaches need a minimum …

USDA Concludes 2017 Sunset Review

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On March 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the renewal of 187 substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances to conclude the 2017 Sunset Review. The new sunset date for these substances is March 15, 2022. These substances are used in organic crop …

Disease and Unpredictable Weather Affect Florida Peaches

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Peaches are becoming a viable alternative crop for Florida growers. However, as with any crop, concerns about disease are looming over the up-and-coming industry. Tripti Vashisth, an assistant professor of horticulture sciences at the Citrus Research and Education Center, recently released findings from her peach research during the 2016 season. She completed this research with Mercy Olmstead, a University of …