Florida Produce Farmer: Eventually, Food Could Become Scarce

Clint Thompson Florida, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Florida fruit and vegetable farmers are being devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, and one producer is pleading with the U.S. government to intercede. Due to the virus’ spread over the last three weeks, restaurants everywhere have been forced to close their doors. This reduces the amount of produce that is sold throughout the country. For producers in …

Watermelon weed control: Understanding the options

Ashley Robinson Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Watermelon

By A.S. Culpepper and J.C. Vance Watermelon production is fascinating, diverse and complex as are the weed management programs currently available. The first step to success is ensuring no weeds are emerged when planting. Tillage, cover crops and/or herbicides offer effective options. Tillage, commonly used, includes numerous options from preparing the land to plowing row middles. For weed control, deep …

Fruit and Vegetables Are Still Safe to Eat

Clint Thompson Alabama, Food Safety, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Even during times of global fear of the current coronavirus pandemic, fruit and vegetables are safe to eat, says Kristin Woods, Alabama Regional Extension agent, who specializes in food safety. That’s the message she is trying to convey to consumers who are fearful of the produce being sold in supermarkets and grocery stores. “The kind of information …

Vegetable Fumigation: Part Science, Part Art and Part Experience

Ashley Robinson Top Posts, Vegetables, VSCNews magazine

By A.S. Culpepper Vegetable growers continue to face a tremendous number of production challenges; fumigation is no exception. With the loss of methyl bromide and Paladin, current sustainable systems for producing multiple crops on a single mulch installation often include finding the optimum combination of 1,3-dichloropropene (Telone II), chloropicrin and/or metam sodium (Vapam, Sectagon, etc.). However, fumigant selection is only …


Hemp Industry Could Feel Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic

Clint Thompson Alabama, Hemp, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson A once promising commodity in the Southeast may be the latest victim of the coronavirus pandemic. The virus that has impacted the globe and devastated the U.S. economy could impact how many Alabama producers follow through on growing hemp this year. “With everything that’s going on with this virus, I don’t know if everyone is going to …

Fruit and Vegetable Producers Already Feeling Effects of Pandemic

Clint Thompson Fruit, Legislative, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson President Trump signed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) into law on Friday to help provide some financial relief to Americans and jumpstart the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Monetary help may be on the way for fruit and vegetable growers in the Southeast, but the effects of the pandemic have already …


UGA Economist Fears Coronavirus’ Impact on Fruit and Vegetable Industry

Clint Thompson Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson The coronavirus pandemic may have struck a blow to the country’s fruit and vegetable industry and could have repercussions for the foreseeable future, says Greg Fonsah, University of Georgia Agribusiness Extension economist. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused global fear, it was initially announced that the U.S. Embassy in Mexico would stop interviews of seasonal workers, …

Florida Grower: Peaches Not Fazed by Warm Temperatures

Tacy Callies Florida, Peaches, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Florida peaches are in production earlier than normal this year, and the high temperatures in March are a big reason why, says David Wheeler, peach grower in Lake Placid, Florida. “We are picking earlier and picking volumes earlier than we normally would because of the warm temperatures,” Wheeler said. “Quality’s excellent. Size might be a little smaller. …