Possible Problems for Pecan Industry

Jaci Schreckengost Pecan, Top Posts

As pecan growers finish harvesting this season, industry crop loss is expected to be near 30 percent. Samantha McLeod, executive director of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association, said there was a very positive outlook for the crop prior to Hurricane Irma. However, the hurricane left growers with a lot of damage and potential crop loss.…

Folta Magnifies Teaching Message About Genetic Science for Farm Broadcasters

Jaci Schreckengost Research, Top Posts

By Gary Cooper In the opening address at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) convention this week, Kevin Folta, chair of the University of Florida's Horticultural Sciences Department, filled the room. His audience consisted of broadcasters who air farm news daily on hundreds of radio and television stations, as well as on online media…

Hops in the Southeast?

Abigail Taylor Hops, Research, Top Posts

Locally produced beer flavors may be coming to brew near you. By Kevin M. Folta Wine is the deep-purple or pale-yellow liquid that resides in the stemmed, symmetrical glass, swirled and sniffed by those enjoying a solo glass or pairing it with a specific meal. Each type is consistent in broad characteristics, using age-old grape…

UF/IFAS CREC Hosts Successful Fruit Crop Management Short Course

Abigail Taylor Berries, Horticulture, Peaches, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) hosted a Fruit Crop Management Short Course this week in Lake Alfred. The two-day short course featured presentations from top southeastern researchers about alternative crops that may have potential in the Southeast. The first day of the event…

Organic Farm Tours Benefit Growers

Abigail 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…

Ornamental Pumpkin

Tour Shows Ornamental Pumpkin Big Business

Dan Cooper Produce, Top Posts, 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…

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…

Strawberry Grower Discusses Hurricane Irma Damage

Abigail 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…