Keeping Fields Clean Year-Round

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables

To protect against pests and diseases, keeping fields clean is a year-round job for growers. Scott Adkins, a research plant pathologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Research Service, has some advice for growers on this subject. He spoke with AgNet Media at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Georgia, in…

FAMU’s Programs Help Tomato and Pepper Growers in Florida

Jaci Schreckengost Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables

Researchers at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) are working to give growers hands-on help for pest and disease management. The Center for Biological Control in the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences at FAMU provides effective integrated pest management (IPM), said Muhammad Haseeb, assistant professor at the center. The center’s program gives solutions to…

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Experimental Crop Bed Design Survived Hurricane Irma

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Research, Vegetables

While producers and growers across Florida lost some, if not all, of their crops due to Hurricane Irma, a University of Florida researcher saw his experimental bedding survive the storm. “We were testing for flooding, and didn’t expect to have winds strong enough the effects of wind force on crops,” said Sanjay Shukla, UF/IFAS professor…

Vegetable Crops to Solve Malnutrition, Obesity

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Vegetables

A Clemson University researcher has a goal of solving health issues by using vegetable and specialty crops. Dil Thavarajah, assistant professor at Clemson University, has researched how certain crops may have a hand in helping solve malnutrition and obesity. While working with this same goal in research for legume crops, Thavarajah noticed there was a…

Hormones to Manage Nutsedge in Florida Crops

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Vegetables

Researchers are examining the use of hormones to control the most difficult weed for vegetable and specialty crop growers in Florida. Ramdas Kanissery, assistant professor at the University of Florida's (UF) Horticultural Sciences Department at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, said hormone use might be able to help growers prevent this…

Fruit and Vegetable Production Featured at Annual Conference in Clanton

Abbey Taylor Fruit, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Vegetables

The state’s horticulture producers picked up on fresh industry insights during the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) annual conference and trade show in Clanton Nov. 16-17. Over 200 farmers and industry leaders attended the meeting, where workshop topics covered food safety, marketing, insect management, labor, peach production and more. AFVGA Executive Director Mac…

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Tour Shows Ornamental Pumpkin Big Business

Dan Cooper Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

HM.Clause seed company led a pumpkin tour through San Joaquin, Santa Clara, and San Benito Counties showcasing the vibrant pumpkin breeds and ornamental business that consumes the month of October. A visit with longtime squash and pumpkin breeder Theodore "Ted" Superak provided some history of pumpkin breeds. Superak started breeding in the 1970's when the…