UF Names Evans New Director of Tropical Research and Education Center

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Research, Tropical Fruit

Edward “Gilly” Evans, a longtime agricultural economist at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been named director of the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida. Evans, who served as interim director for almost two years, has overseen the hiring of five new faculty members. The new hires…

Research Team Targets Whiteflies

Breanna Kendrick Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Breanna Kendrick and Abbey Taylor The University of Georgia whitefly team is made up of research and Extension entomologists, plant pathologists and horticulture specialists. All of these professionals are involved in whitefly research across commodities such as peanuts, soybeans and vegetables. The team is doing research and education on whiteflies and the diseases that…

Selecting Herbicides for Stone Fruit

Breanna Kendrick Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick With perennial crops such as stone fruits, growers are limited in their weed management options because they can't choose practices like crop rotation. Therefore, selection of proper herbicides is critical for effective weed control. Peter Dittmar, assistant professor with the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida Institute of Food and…

Spotted Wing Drosophila Spells Trouble for Grape Growers

Breanna Kendrick Grapes, Pests, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) are small fruit flies that resemble the flies commonly seen indoors buzzing around rotting fruit. Adult male SWD have a little spot on each of their wings, making them easy to identify. Females are more difficult to identify. At the rear of the female SWD abdomen is an…


Putnam Banks on ‘Florida First’ in Governor’s Race

Dan Cooper Industry News Release

Source: News Service of Florida Clad in jeans and a blue-checkered shirt with rolled-up sleeves, Adam Putnam easily blended into the rural North Florida residents attending the annual Wausau Possum Festival in early August. “I’m a farmer, a business owner,” the boyish-looking, 44-year-old Republican candidate for governor told the crowd in a brief speech. “The…

Cowpea Curculio Wreaking Havoc in the Southeast

Breanna Kendrick Pests, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick One of the toughest insect problems to deal with in the Southeast is cowpea curculio. It has been very difficult to control because it becomes resistant to insecticides. Cowpea curculio is a weevil that can be very destructive to the crops it attacks. This pest is just as destructive to southern peas…

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Cleaning Up Florida’s Red Tide Aftermath

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Water

Source: Everglades Agricultural Area Farmers Some have erroneously claimed that farms south of Lake Okeechobee contribute to the ecological problems in Lake Okeechobee and on the coasts, as they claim that farmers back pump farm water to the lake, which is not true.  We encourage you to read the special report from the Palm Beach…

The Buzz on Hollow Heart

Breanna Kendrick Pollinators, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Breanna Kendrick A lot of watermelon growers have had to deal with hollow heart this season. It's not known for certain what causes hollow heart, but research is pointing toward pollination deficiency. Hollow heart is a separation of the cells in the flesh of the fruit, which causes a fissure to form. A fissure…