Florida Post-Harvest Horticulture Tour Registration Open

Kayla Mercer Horticulture, Top Posts, Vegetables

The 28th annual Florida Post-Harvest Horticulture Tour will take place March 6–10, 2017. The University of Florida (UF) post-harvest program is designed for produce industry professionals, researchers and students involved in all aspects of the produce industry from field to retail. “We are interested in how fresh quality is maintained from the point of harvest…

Asian Vegetables Rapidly Emerging in Florida

Josh McGill Top Posts, Vegetables

By Guodong (David) Liu Asian vegetables are crops originating from countries such as China, India and Japan. They are also referred to as “oriental vegetables,” and include bitter melon, long squash, yardlong bean, luffa, Chinese red meat radish and more. These new crops are emerging in Florida. In northeastern Florida, there is a grower producing…

Alternative Crops in Florida: Artichokes

Kayla Mercer Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

From hops to artichokes, the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center is researching the realms of possibility for alternative crops in Florida. Alternative crops are under study due to increasing competition in the United States and with other countries, such as Mexico. Many traditional crops like…

Growers Invited to Hastings Cole Crops Field Day      

Kayla Mercer Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts

Coming up on November 30 is the Cabbage Cole Crops Field Day, located at the Cowpen Branch Research Farm in Hastings, Florida. University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agents and industry professionals will be covering a variety of topics — from nutrient and pest management to alternative cropping. Crops covered will include…

USDA Designates 3 Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Kelsey Fry Environment, Industry News Release, Top Posts

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture: WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Alachua, Flagler and Putnam counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by insufficient chill hours that occurred from Nov. 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016. “Our hearts go out…

Tomatoes Resistant to Bacterial Spot

Kelsey Fry Tomatoes, Top Posts

The Bs2 gene, which occurs naturally in peppers, has shown to provide excellent disease control in tomatoes. The Two Blades Foundation, a charitable scientific organization, which holds an exclusive license to the Bs2 gene, has collaborated with the University of Florida to breed tomatoes with the Bs2 transgene to further study the effects on the gene in…

Could Hops Be the New “Hot” Crop in Florida?

Kayla Mercer Hops, Top Posts

Jack Rechcigl, director of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC), discussed how Florida-grown hops are becoming increasingly popular amongst Florida microbreweries. Rechcigl explained that a number of microbreweries had asked if hops could be grown in Florida. He said the crop is not normally grown…

Utilization of Biopesticides by Growers

Kayla Mercer Pests, Top Posts

Growers having pest problems at their operations may be interested in the utilization of non-traditional pesticides and biocontrol methods. Joe Noling, Extension specialist at the University of Florida, spoke with AgNet Media at the recent Florida Ag Expo about grower use of biocontrol methods. "Repeated use of anything is going to select towards an organism…