Disease and Unpredictable Weather Affect Florida Peaches

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

Peaches are becoming a viable alternative crop for Florida growers. However, as with any crop, concerns about disease are looming over the up-and-coming industry. Tripti Vashisth, an assistant professor of horticulture sciences at the Citrus Research and Education Center, recently released findings from her peach research during the 2016 season. She completed this research with Mercy Olmstead, a University of …

Register for the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center Open House

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The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee will host its annual open house on March 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to partake in guided tours of the laboratories and farm facilities. In addition, educational science demonstrations will be occurring. This is a …

Georgia General Assembly Finishes Budget

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

Heading into the final week of the 2017 Georgia legislative session, the General Assembly has wrapped up work on the budget for the next fiscal year. Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar says the council is pleased with the strong support for agriculture. “The general assembly finished in record time this week,” Tolar says. “We were very impressed again with the …

Merivon Restrictions Put Florida Pomegranates at a Disadvantage

Abbey Taylor Pomegranates, Top Posts

The use of any fungicide can cause concerns of phytotoxicity, an issue that is presenting real problems for use of fungicide on pomegranate plants. Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, is hoping to address these concerns in his 2017 research on pomegranate disease and treatment. Vallad used Merivon in his 2016 …

Georgia Pecan Growers Association’s Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show

Kelsey Fry Top Posts

The Georgia Pecan Growers Association is hosting its annual educational conference and trade show in Tifton on Wednesday, March 29. The conference will feature several presentations by industry professionals about topics such as pecan diseases, varieties, and genetics. In addition, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black will be speaking at the event. Due to positive feedback from last year’s conference, attendees’ …

Plastic Mulch May Be Beneficial to Florida Cabbage Growers

Kelsey Fry Cole Crop, Top Posts

University of Florida Associate Professor Nathan Boyd is researching the potential benefits and economic impact of plasticulture production systems for cabbage. He is one of the researchers leading a study on development of weed management plans for Florida cabbage production. “We are looking at the use of plastic mulches for weed control and cabbage production,” says Boyd. “We started this …

2017 National Ag Day

Kelsey Fry Top Posts

Agriculture Council of America Announces 2017 National Ag Day Date & Theme The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 21, 2017. This will mark the 44th anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day 2017 is “Agriculture: Food For Life.” On …

Florida FFA Adds Clay Shoot to Beast Feast

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It’s that time of the year again! Time to enjoy delicious wild game meals prepared by the Florida FFA Foundation. On Saturday, March 25, the 14th annual Florida FFA Foundation Beast Feast will be held at the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center near Haines City. The menu may include venison, pork, gator, shrimp, turkey, conch salad, oyster stew, swamp cabbage, …