Organic Farm Tours Benefit Growers

Abbey Taylor Organic, Top Posts

Florida Organic Growers (FOG) recently held a farm tour at Allison Acres Organic Blueberry Farm in Pinetta. FOG hosts many tours like this throughout the year for several different reasons. Tyler Nesbit, FOG’s education and outreach coordinator, believes hosting these events is extremely beneficial for all growers, whether they are certified organic or looking to transition. Nesbit says that even …

Ornamental Pumpkin

Tour Shows Ornamental Pumpkin Big Business

Dan Cooper Produce, 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 first major improvement was the …

Financial Management Conference Benefits Florida Ag

Jaci Schreckengost Business, Top Posts

By Tacy Callies Regina Thomas, co-organizer of the Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference held Nov. 2-3 near Orlando, provides an overview of the event and discusses its origins. Thomas is senior vice president/director of financially related services for Farm Credit of Central Florida. Thomas says the conference began eight years ago during the recession that rocked the entire U.S. economy. …

Strawberry Grower Discusses Hurricane Irma Damage

Abbey Taylor Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts, Weather

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a meeting on Oct. 12 to discuss damage from Hurricane Irma. Irma hit Florida in the beginning of September, just as many vegetable and specialty crop growers were preparing their fields to plant. The meeting featured two sets of panels in which growers gave testimonies about their damage after the storm. One of the panelists …

Watermelon Grafting to Manage Fusarium Wilt

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Watermelon

Researchers are studying the effects of grafting in watermelon crops to manage a pathogen continuing to cause problems for many Florida growers. Two University of Florida researchers, Nicholas Dufault and Xin Zhao, are currently on the team to examine grafting possibilities for the watermelon industry. Dufault, an assistant professor and plant pathologist for vegetable and agronomic crops, said that crop …

Fresh from Florida at PMA’s Fresh Summit

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Vegetables

Fresh from Florida growers attended the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo in New Orleans on Oct. 19–21 to continue the tradition of showing the array of fruit and vegetable crops Florida growers produce. Chris Denmark, development representative supervisor for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, was in Louisiana for the event at the Fresh …

Artichokes: High-Profit Potential for Florida

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Shinsuke Agehara Artichokes may look tough to eat, but they are a superfood in so many ways. They are immature, edible buds surrounded by layers of triangular petals. The edible portions consist primarily of the fleshy lower part of each petal and the large fleshy base, known as the “heart.” To enjoy the whole artichoke, you need to pull …

Insecticide-Resistant Pest Pummels Cowpeas

Abbey Taylor Pests, Top Posts

An insecticide-resistant pest is ravishing through southern peas, also known as cowpeas, in southern Georgia and Alabama. The cowpea curculio is an increasing threat in the Southeast as growers struggle to control the pest. Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn University Extension entomologist, says cowpea is threatened by several different pests, including caterpillars, thrips and aphids. Cowpea is a major crop in southern …