Post-Irma Root Rot Concerns in Georgia Peaches

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts, Weather

Most of the nation is aware that the Florida citrus industry suffered greatly when Hurricane Irma made landfall in September 2017. The storm resulted in approximately $760 million in citrus damage. In addition, the Florida fruit and vegetable industry sustained about $180 million in loss. By the time Irma reached Georgia, it had weakened substantially,…

Secretary Perdue Issues USDA Statement on Plant Breeding Innovation

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Research, Top Posts

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued a statement providing clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of plants produced through innovative new breeding techniques which include techniques called genome editing. Under its biotechnology regulations, USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise…

USDA Announces $8.4 Million to Support Veteran and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) announced up to $8.4 million in available funding for training and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. Funding is made through the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also…

Improving Nematode Management for Vegetable Crops

Abbey Taylor Pests, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Jaci Schreckengost Integrated nematode management for vegetable crops is an ongoing project at one University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research center. Johan Desaeger, an assistant professor of entomology and nematology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC), said researchers are looking for more sustainable management strategies. Current research…

Spider Mite Management Methods

Abbey Taylor Pests, Research, Top Posts

If the weather is hot and dry, growers will want to keep an eye out for spider mites. According to Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, high populations of spider mites can devastate vegetable crops. There are several different types of spider mites, including twospotted mites, russet mites, rust mites…

Sneak Peek: April 2018 VSCNews Magazine

Abbey Taylor Sneak peek, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

Growers are constantly striving to cut costs while creating the best product possible. The April issue of VSCNews magazine features an article by University of Florida (UF) researchers Nathan Boyd and Arnold Schumann about a new technology that could drastically reduce the use of herbicides. Also featured in the April issue is an article by…

Making Muscadine Grapes More Desirable

Abbey Taylor Grapes, Top Posts

By Jaci Schreckengost A Georgia specialty crop has seen increased interest and more research for varieties and management strategies. Cain Hickey, Extension viticulture specialist at the University of Georgia (UGA), said that some aspects of muscadine grapes are sparking grower interest. Since the muscadine grape has grown and evolved in the humid conditions of the…

Florida Peach Promotion Set for a Second Year

Abbey Taylor Business, Peaches, Top Posts

Sonia Tighe, executive director of the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation (FSCF), is excited to be heading into the second year of a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to market Florida peaches. The grant was awarded to FSCF to work in collaboration with the Fresh from Florida program. After seeing great results from…