Surgically Strike Out Weeds that Impede Crop Growth

Jaci Schreckengost innovation, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck By using a combination of fumigants, University of Florida scientists believe they can surgically strike out some weeds that otherwise get in the way of vegetable growth. Researchers with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have shown that farmers can place fumigants in specific zones, rather than using a single treatment for every situation. For …

Farm Tours Highlight of Ag In The Classroom Summer Institute

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The Alabama Ag in the Classroom (AITC) Summer Institute equipped 90 teachers to share the importance of agriculture with their students. Kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers from across the state participated in workshops and farm tours in Tuscaloosa and Hale counties May 31-June 2. For many teachers, including Trinity Presbyterian School’s Susan Brown, Thursday’s farm tours were the most exciting facet …

Pros and Cons of Organic Production

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As the demand for organic products continues to rise, growers may consider transitioning their production systems to organic ones. Marty Mesh, executive director of Florida Organic Growers, discusses the benefits and challenges of organic production. According to Mesh, perhaps the biggest benefit of organics is that data proves organic growers have a better bottom line. Moreover, organic production can benefit …

Irrigation Insight for Young Pecan Trees

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Lenny Wells, associate professor and Extension horticulture specialist for pecans at the University of Georgia (UGA), recently completed a five-year research project on fertilization and irrigation of young pecan trees. Due to the increasing amount of new trees being planted in Georgia, there was concern over the lack of information regarding irrigation practices. Wells feared that young trees were being …

Florida Agricultural Crime on the Rise

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Some Florida growers are struggling to keep their products and possessions safe from thieves. There have been theft reports ranging from large and small equipment, chemicals, fuel and products, as well as accounts of vandalism. Gene McAvoy, a regional vegetable Extension agent at the University of Florida, says the issue has been ongoing and seems to get worse with the …

High-Tunnel Production and Grafting Organic Tomatoes

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Researchers at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) recently presented results from a 2016 trial on organic tomato production. The research explored high-tunnel production versus field production, as well as interactions between grafted and non-grafted plants. Craig Frey, a Ph.D. student and horticulture scientist, worked along with Xin Zhao, UF/IFAS assistant professor, on this project. Frey …

Alabama Bee Biodiversity Initiative Partners with Auburn Dining Team

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The Bee Biodiversity Initiative, headquartered at Auburn University, is teaming up with the school’s dining team to recreate a true and local farm-to-table lifestyle. Bashira Chowdhury, a pollination ecologist with the Bee Biodiversity Initiative, said the project has gone beyond bees and more into human land use, which inspired the initiative’s partnership with the Auburn dining team. “When it comes …

USDA Designates Eight Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

In response to a request from Debby Folsom, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Acting State Executive Director in Florida, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated eight counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are: Brevard Hillsborough Manatee Seminole Collier Lake Sarasota Sumter Farmers and ranchers in …