Distract Pests from Attacking Crops

Abbey Taylor Pests, Top Posts

Ayanava Majumdar, a vegetable entomologist at Auburn University, recently spoke at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference on the benefits of trap crops to fend off pests. Trap crops are decoy crops that distract pests before they can attack production crops. The trap crop can be the same species as the main crop, or it could be completely different. …

UF/IFAS Helps Prepare Agriculture Workers for Revised Federal Regulation

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu Source: Fred Fishel, 352-392-4721, weeddr@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla., January 17, 2017 — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is getting the word out on updates to the federal Worker Protection Standard. Changes take effect January 2017. The Worker Protection Standard is a regulation originally issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency …

Breaking Ground on New UF/IFAS Teaching Orchard

Josh McGill Top Posts

By: Samantha Grenrock If you want to know how best to prune a fruit tree or even how to plant one, Alicia Lamborn can do more than just tell you—she can take you out back and show you. Lamborn, a horticulture agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Baker County, recently received a $500 …

UF/IFAS Celebrates Arbor Day with Research, Extension Activities, Including Tree Giveaways

Josh McGill Environment, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck As Florida Arbor Day approaches on Jan. 20, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension and research faculty are holding special commemorations and studying how to ensure trees help our environment and economy. “Arbor Day is a great time for everyone to be reminded of the importance of trees and forests in their everyday …

Southeast Farmers Trying Non-Traditional Options

Kelsey Fry Stone Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

It seems that more and more farming operations are transitioning out of row crops in the Southeast in search of new business within the agricultural industry. Specialty crops has been one of those highlighted areas that is rapidly gaining popularity. While at the Southeast regional fruit and Vegetable Conference, Jon Harris, with AgSouth Farm Credit, stated that, “As we’ve seen …

Causes and Prevention of Cane Blight Disease in Blackberries

Abbey Taylor Berries, Top Posts

Phillip Brannen, an Extension plant pathologist with the University of Georgia, recently spoke at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference on the danger of cane blight on blackberries and action to take to control this disease. Cane blight is one of the main blackberry diseases in the Southeast. This is mostly due to the wet, humid weather conditions in …

An Organic Approach to Better Bug Control

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Pests, Top Posts

Reese Haley, the owner of Morning Bell Farms, has implemented an organic approach to better control bugs from invading his blueberry crops. The strategy involves making a wine from culled blueberries and sugar that sits in a container for seven to 14 days. When the wine is ready, Haley says it should be like gel. The wine is then poured …