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Election Day Commentary: Career Politicians or Dedicated Public Servants?

Dan Cooper Agri-business, Fruit, Labor, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Trade, Vegetables, Watermelon

By Gary Cooper, Founder/President AgNet Media Sometimes the timing of events can really make us think. Over the weekend, our nation lost one of its greatest public servants. Senator John McCain was nothing less than a statesman his entire adult life. Not once in all the recent news media coverage did I see him referred…

Georgia Vegetable Grower Discusses Hurricane Damage

Abbey Taylor Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables, Weather

Hurricane Michael decimated multiple sectors of Georgia agriculture, ranging from cotton to pecans. One industry that was heavily impacted was vegetables. What was supposed to be a banner fall season for Georgia growers has turned into devastation. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black says that while the economic damages of vegetables are smaller than other…

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UF/IFAS Earns Record $166 Million for Research to Help Solve Critical Issues

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Research

Funding for research projects from federal, state and private sources at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences hit a record $166 million in fiscal year 2017-2018. Grant support underwrites programs that include feeding a hungry world, improving nutrition among at-risk populations and ensuring sufficient safe water for a growing global population.…

Hydrogels as Herbicide Carriers in Vegetable Plasticulture

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Ramdas Kanissery and Camille McAvoy Weed management is a fundamental step in the successful production of vegetable crops in Florida under commercial plasticulture production systems. Soil fumigation was one of the most successful means of reducing weed populations. None of the alternatives to methyl bromide have a broad spectrum of activity against weeds. This…

Heavy Rains May Reduce Silverleaf Whiteflies

Breanna Kendrick Tomatoes, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Silverleaf whitefly is a concern for growers across the state of Florida. The pest transmits tomato yellow leaf curl virus. "Some years, it's very heavy early on and growers have to replant. But so far, the pests seem to be pretty well managed," says Hugh Smith, associate professor of entomology and nematology…

Panhandle Beekeepers Work to Save Hives after Hurricane Michael

Breanna Kendrick Industry News Release, Top Posts

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Hurricane Michael significantly impacted the beekeeping industry in the Florida Panhandle. This area is home to about 500 registered beekeepers and nearly 50,000 colonies, which amounts to more than 1.2 billion bees. These colonies are vital to Florida agriculture because the bees provide pollination services to many of the state’s crops. Beekeepers…

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UF/IFAS-led Study May Lead to More Heat-Tolerant Rice

Dan Cooper Grains, Industry News Release

Rice, the most widely consumed food crop in the world, takes a beating in hot weather. To combat the high temperatures, a global group of scientists, led by a University of Florida researcher, has found the genetic basis to breed a more heat-tolerant rice cultivar. “The productivity of rice, one of the three major cereal…

Gibberllic Acid Tested on Southern Highbush Blueberries

Breanna Kendrick Berries, Fruit, Research, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Gibberellic acid (GA) is a plant growth regulator that is used to increase fruit size and quality. Researchers know that it works on rabbiteye blueberries recovering from freeze damage when flower parts were injured and weren't able to be pollinated. Juanita Popenoe is a multi-county fruit production agent for the University of…