The 2019 Georgia Watermelon Season Starts

Abbey Taylor Business, Georgia, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Watermelon

America’s favorite summertime treat in stores now LAGRANGE, GA – Sweet, refreshing Georgia watermelon is in a store near you! The 2019 watermelon crop is expected to have the crisp, sweet flavor and high quality unique to Georgia watermelon.  Georgia growers report that after two years of unpredictable and extreme weather patterns, this growing season has been smooth. While initial …

Tomato Bacterial Spot Management Begins with Transplant Health

Abbey Taylor Florida, Tomatoes, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Gary Vallad Few diseases present a persistent year-to-year challenge to tomato production like bacterial spot. Under ideal conditions, the disease can cause massive defoliation leading to yield losses through lost photosynthetic capacity and fruit exposure to the elements. This increases sunscald and raincheck as well as direct fruit infection by the pathogen. DISEASE SPREAD AND SYMPTOMS Xanthomonas perforans is …

Working Toward Disease-Resistant Sweet Corn

Karla Arboleda Corn, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Northern and southern corn leaf blights (NCLB and SCLB) are global problems. Caused by different fungi, these diseases have a history of devastating results in the United States. While the fungi that cause NCLB and SCLB have been heavily researched in field corn, scientists have only just gained traction when it comes to resistance in sweet corn. …

Crucial Cabbage Diseases

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Florida’s unique climate can create the optimal environment for a multitude of cabbage diseases. Nick Dufault, plant pathologist with the University of Florida (UF), says white mold and black rot have historically been common cabbage diseases that can cause serious damage. WHITE MOLD White mold, caused by the fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum,can be somewhat easy to identify since one of the …

Georgia-Grown Campaign Kicks Off

Karla Arboleda Agri-business, Georgia, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda As Georgia growers export peaches and squash, they hope more in-state consumers pay attention to the food they buy. Heavy season is underway in Georgia, and the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) wants to make sure no fruit gets left behind. Its new campaign encourages consumers to take a picture of their Georgia- or USA-grown …

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Florida Commercial Hemp Production Not Yet Approved

Karla Arboleda Hemp, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda and Abbey Taylor Industrial hemp could be the next cash crop in Florida. However, there are many details to complete and hoops to jump through before growers can get their hands on the hemp. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Hemp Pilot Program strives to give growers the answers they need regarding …

Legislative Leaders Meet on USMCA and Disaster Relief

Abbey Taylor Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, USMCA, Weather

It was a busy Friday in the Southeast for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as he and other legislative leaders sat down with representatives from Florida and Georgia agriculture on June 7. The day started with a meeting in Tallahassee, Florida, followed by a meeting in Doerun, Georgia. The main topics of discussion were the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and …

Perdue Sets the Record Straight on USMCA

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, USMCA

While the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) awaits ratification, southeastern growers and industry groups continue to voice their concerns about the agreement. USMCA, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rewrite, did not include provisions protecting southeastern producers from what some call unfair trade practices from Mexico. During a recent press conference, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue addressed these claims in …