Conaway, Peterson Announce Farm Bill Listening Session in Florida

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Ahead of the next farm bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7) today announced the first of several committee activities across the country intended to stimulate conversation and gather input from farmers, ranchers and stakeholders. “The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field,” a committee listening session, will take place in Gainesville, Florida …

UF Researcher Deals with Stink-Bug Pressure in Organic Tomatoes

Abbey Taylor Organic, Pests, Tomatoes, Top Posts

There are many benefits to organic production, but it also has its challenges. Perhaps the biggest area of concern for organic growers is how to combat pests without using pesticides. Craig Frey, a doctorate student at the University of Florida (UF), recently presented findings from research, which he completed with Xin Zhao of UF.  The main purpose of their research …

Peach Crop Threatened from Low Chill Hours, Drought

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

Alabama peach producers are seeing low yields from this year’s crop, thanks to few chill hours, drought conditions and a late frost. The Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mac Higginbotham said the state’s peach crop faced a culmination of factors leading to below-average production. “We’ve had a bad peach crop because of rocky weather,” said Higginbotham, the Federation’s Horticulture Division director. “Last …

Shorter Georgia Peach Crop Harvest Expected

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

We told you last week that this year’s Georgia peach crop has been negatively affected by the lack of chill hours it received this winter. According to Jack Spruill, director of marketing with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, not only is the crop looking at an estimated 80 percent loss this year, time of normal harvest has also been affected. …

Rainfall Eliminates ‘Extreme’ Drought Conditions in Florida

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

Recent rainfall has improved drought conditions in Florida. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, between May 30 and June 6, several areas of the state have moved down in their drought categories. Throughout May, much of the state was in “moderate” or “severe” drought condition. In the beginning of May, an area north of Lake Okeechobee entered an “extreme” drought …

Look Out California! UF Scientist Says Artichokes May Grow in Warm, Humid Florida

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Artichokes might grow in Florida’s subtropical climate after all — good news for those who crave the taste and antioxidants of the food crop. Shinsuke Agehara, a University of Florida assistant professor of horticultural sciences, presented his preliminary findings to the Florida State Horticultural Society June 5-6. In his talk, he said …

Weed Management Research for Cabbage to Help Florida Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

Nathan Boyd’s research on weed management in Florida cabbage is aimed at helping increase the crop’s yield and solve problems for growers. Boyd, a University of Florida associate professor of weed science, says it can be difficult to manage weeds because of the limited use of registered herbicides due to low use of plastic mulch. Using plasticulture to manage weeds …

More Hops Research in Florida

Jaci Schreckengost Hops, Top Posts

Research on hops production in Florida continues to grow, allowing new opportunities for agriculturists and breweries. Brian Pearson, University of Florida assistant professor of landscape, ornamental and protected crop management in the Department of Environmental Horticulture, says his team began researching hops in 2012. Work will potentially continue for another three to four years. “Many believed that hops production was …