Peach Crop Threatened from Low Chill Hours, Drought

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

Alabama peach producers are seeing low yields from this year’s crop, thanks to few chill hours, drought conditions and a late frost. The Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mac Higginbotham said the state’s peach crop faced a culmination of factors leading to below-average production. “We’ve had a bad peach crop because of rocky weather,” said Higginbotham, the…

Shorter Georgia Peach Crop Harvest Expected

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

We told you last week that this year’s Georgia peach crop has been negatively affected by the lack of chill hours it received this winter. According to Jack Spruill, director of marketing with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, not only is the crop looking at an estimated 80 percent loss this year, time of normal…

Rainfall Eliminates ‘Extreme’ Drought Conditions in Florida

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

Recent rainfall has improved drought conditions in Florida. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, between May 30 and June 6, several areas of the state have moved down in their drought categories. Throughout May, much of the state was in “moderate” or “severe” drought condition. In the beginning of May, an area north of Lake…

Troutman Joins Lineup of Florida Ag Commissioner Hopefuls

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Legislative, Top Posts

by Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service of Florida Former state Rep. Baxter Troutman entered the race for state agriculture commissioner on Monday, priming his Republican bid for a Cabinet seat with $2.5 million of his own money. “For two decades, I've been building a business and continuing my work in Florida agriculture,” Troutman, of Winter Haven,…

Look Out California! UF Scientist Says Artichokes May Grow in Warm, Humid Florida

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Artichokes might grow in Florida’s subtropical climate after all -- good news for those who crave the taste and antioxidants of the food crop. Shinsuke Agehara, a University of Florida assistant professor of horticultural sciences, presented his preliminary findings to the Florida State Horticultural Society June 5-6.…

Weed Management Research for Cabbage to Help Florida Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

Nathan Boyd’s research on weed management in Florida cabbage is aimed at helping increase the crop's yield and solve problems for growers. Boyd, a University of Florida associate professor of weed science, says it can be difficult to manage weeds because of the limited use of registered herbicides due to low use of plastic mulch.…

More Hops Research in Florida

Jaci Schreckengost Hops, Top Posts

Research on hops production in Florida continues to grow, allowing new opportunities for agriculturists and breweries. Brian Pearson, University of Florida assistant professor of landscape, ornamental and protected crop management in the Department of Environmental Horticulture, says his team began researching hops in 2012. Work will potentially continue for another three to four years. "Many…