Georgia Onion Industry Faces Bacterial Disease Pressures

Jaci Schreckengost Onion, Top Posts

One of the most valuable vegetable crops for Georgia growers faces high pressures from bacterial diseases. Bhabesh Dutta, an Extension vegetable disease specialist at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Tifton, says Vidalia onions are the number-one vegetable crop in Georgia, which is why a considerable portion of his program focuses on bacterial disease management in this crop. While he …

Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference

Jaci Schreckengost Industry News Release, Top Posts, Vegetables

From marketing and weed management to cucurbits and environmental controls, the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) Conference and Trade Show is fertile ground for producer education. The annual convention is Nov. 16-17 at the Clanton Conference & Performing Arts Center in Clanton. Registration is $100 and closes Oct. 23 at tinyurl.com/afvga17. AFVGA Executive Director Mac Higginbotham called the …

Problematic Pair of Pests for Strawberry Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Strawberry, Top Posts

Spider mites and spotted wing drosophila (SWD) have caused many issues for strawberry growers in the Southeast. Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris, assistant professor of entomology and Extension specialist at Clemson University, said these two pests have caused strawberry growers to create a new management plan for both pests. In some smaller productions, Schmidt-Jeffris said growers may not have to worry about spider …

Uncertainty Surrounding Hurricane Damage to Florida Blueberries

Abbey Taylor Berries, Legislative, Top Posts, Weather

Dudley Calfee, president of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, spoke about blueberry damage from Hurricane Irma at the Senate Agriculture Committee meeting Oct. 12 in Tallahassee. The meeting was among many as the Florida Legislature prepares for the 2018 legislative session. At the meeting, two sets of panels filled with Florida growers and cattlemen described the damage within their industries. …

UF Scientists Act as Plant Detectives to Identify Disease

Abbey Taylor Research, Tomatoes, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As a University of Florida plant pathologist, Gary Vallad likes to call himself and his colleagues “sleuths of the plant world.” These detectives find out what ails plants and crops, hopefully before the disease gets out of control. Most recently, scientists with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences discovered some …

Rep. Roth Speaks Out About Educating the Public on Ag

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Florida Rep. Rick Roth is gearing up for his second legislative session. As a member of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as the Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee, Roth has been attending several committee meetings to prepare for the 2018 session, which is set to begin in January. One of his goals is to raise public …

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Putnam on Vegetable Hurricane Damage

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Vegetables, Weather

The Florida Senate Agriculture Committee met Oct. 12 in Tallahassee to discuss hurricane damage. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam gave the opening remarks at the meeting, then held a press conference immediately afterward. In his comments, Putnam expressed his deep concern for all agricultural industries following Hurricane Irma and now Hurricane Nate. In what Putnam called the “cruel irony …

Vegetable Growers Face Whitefly Challenges

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts

Southeastern vegetable growers face challenges due to whiteflies and the diseases they vector. Timothy Coolong, Extension vegetable specialist for the University of Georiga’s Tifton campus, said the whitefly pressure has been extremely high over the last year due to the mild Georgia winters. “The problem is the populations were so great this year that even if you get 75 or …