Secretary Perdue: President Trump Delivers USMCA, a huge win for U.S. Agriculture

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Contact: USDA PressEmail: press@oc.usda.gov (Washington, D.C., July 1, 2020) – Today, The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) enters into force, replacing the decades-old NAFTA. USMCA is a better deal for America’s farmers, consumers and workers that will set them up for success for decades to come. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue penned an oped in the North Carolina Fayetteville Observer …

Root Borers a Danger to Grapes in the Southeast

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By Clint Thompson The time is now for grape producers to protect their crop against the grape root borer, said Brett Blaauw, assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia. He said usually in north Georgia, the grape root borers will emerge in early July. According to the UGA Extension Viticulture Blog, if farmers have not …

Shriveled blueberries could signal “mummy berry” disease

Clint Thompson Alabama, Berries, Disease, Florida, Fruit, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Top Posts

By Paul Pugliese for CAES News Blueberries are one of the most popular backyard fruits for Georgia because they are relatively low maintenance compared to other fruit species. However, there is one particular disease issue known as “mummy berry” that can be problematic for blueberry growers. The disease is easily recognized when the fruit begins to ripen, as infected berries …

Watch Out for Green June Beetle in Fruit Crops

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Fruit, Georgia, Pests

Elina Coneva, Extension Specialist & Professor at Auburn University, said now is the time for fruit crop producers to scout for adult Green June beetle emergence. According to the Extension News Release, the beetles are considered a serious pest and can injure fruits of numerous crops including grapes, apple, pear, quince, plum, apricot, peach, nectarine, blackberry and raspberry. Adult beetles …

Alabama Hemp Applications ‘Slowly But Surely’ Moving Forward

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By Clint Thompson Applications to grow hemp in Alabama this year are “slowly but surely” moving forward, says Katelyn Kesheimer, Auburn University Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist. “I got approved for a couple and I’m still waiting on a couple more to get some plants in the ground. It’s a little bit later than I would have liked. We are …

Clemson Extension Reports Downy Mildew on Cucurbits

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According to The South Carolina Grower, Clemson Extension agents provided updates on the status of fruits and vegetables throughout the state. Coastal Rob Last reports, “In our area, crops are generally looking good with watermelons and cantaloupes coming to harvest.  From a pest perspective, we are finding some early pickleworm and melon worm damage occurring. In addition, cucumber beetles and …

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Food Safety in Light of COVID-19

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Florida, Food Safety, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

With millions of American workers staying home to aid public health efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the security of America’s food supply is more important than ever before. It’s crucial that growers are taking the appropriate measures to ensure food safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of …