Register Now for the Fruit Crop Management Short Course

Abigail Taylor Fruit, Top Posts

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center will host a Fruit Crop Management Short Course November 6–7 in Lake Alfred. Tripti Vashisth, an assistant professor of horticultural sciences and a citrus Extension specialist, is putting on the event. The course will focus on fruit crops other than…

NAFTA Renegotiations Top of Mind for Produce Industry

Josh McGill Top Posts, Trade

By: Josh McGill Darci Vetter, international trade consultant, led a discussion at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in New Orleans this week to discuss changing governments and effects on trade policy. Vetter covered several major changes in trade: Brexit, the United States’ withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership and most notably the renegotiation of…

Studying Nematode Management Strategies

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables

Plant parasitic nematodes continue to cause devastating losses and concerns for southeastern vegetable and specialty crop growers. Abolfazl Hajihassani, assistant professor of nematology at the University of Georgia (UGA), said that past studies have found there are five or six types of plant parasitic nematodes that affect vegetables crops, but the root knot nematode is…

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…

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…

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…

Uncertainty Surrounding Hurricane Damage to Florida Blueberries

Abigail 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…

UF Scientists Act as Plant Detectives to Identify Disease

Abigail 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…