Register Today for the 2017 Cole Crop Field Day

Jaci Schreckengost Cole Crop, Top Posts

Cole crop growers are invited to learn more about the crops and current research at the 2017 Cole Crop Field Day. The event will be held at the Cowpen Branch Road Demonstration and Research Farm, Dec. 13 at 8:30 a.m. University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Science’s (UF/IFAS) Hastings Agricultural Extension Center is hosting the event. Gary England, …

Managing Diamondback Moth Organically

Abbey Taylor Organic, Pests, Top Posts

Diamondback moth is a devastating pest that feeds on virtually all cruciferous vegetable crops, including broccoli, kale and cabbage. Oscar Liburd, a professor in the entomology department at the University of Florida, is working to find organic management methods for diamondback moth in cabbage. Liburd says he chose to work on diamondback moth because it has been a major pest …

Policy and Weather Affect Georgia Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Labor, Top Posts, Weather

At the Produce Marketing Association’s 2017 Fresh Summit, policies affecting Georgia growers and the effects of weather on their crops were key topics discussed. Bo Warren, from the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s policy division, spoke with AgNet Media’s Josh McGill at the summit in October. According to Warren, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and labor are two major policy …

Hormones to Manage Nutsedge in Florida Crops

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Vegetables

Researchers are examining the use of hormones to control the most difficult weed for vegetable and specialty crop growers in Florida. Ramdas Kanissery, assistant professor at the University of Florida’s (UF) Horticultural Sciences Department at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, said hormone use might be able to help growers prevent this devastating weed better than current …

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Breeding Better Lettuce

Jaci Schreckengost Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

To help lettuce growers in Florida combat diseases, University of Florida (UF) researchers study and create new cultivars. German Sandoya, assistant professor of plant breeding and genetics at UF’s Everglades Research and Education Center (EREC), says his goal is to create new cultivars to benefit growers. Often he works on romaine, iceberg and leaf lettuce varieties. While lettuce is his …

Suwannee Valley Watermelon Institute Benefits Growers

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Watermelon

Last week’s Suwannee Valley Watermelon Institute attracted its biggest crowd yet. Bob Hochmuth, a regional Extension agent based at the North Florida Research and Education Center, has hosted the event for eight years and is proud to see its continuous growth. The institute began with a morning session about irrigation and fertilization management. In the afternoon, growers could visit with …

UF Study: Farm to School Program Boosts Fruit, Veggie Intake

Abbey Taylor Fruit, Industry News Release, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s one thing to offer students fruits and vegetables for school lunch; it’s another for them to actually eat them. Children who attend schools with Farm to School programs eat more fruits and vegetables, new University of Florida research shows. In 2010, Congress passed the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. In approving …

An Update on NAFTA Renegotiation Talks

Abbey Taylor NAFTA, Top Posts, Trade

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation talks will bleed into the new year due to challenges with the trade representatives trying to reform the agreement. The fifth round of renegotiation talks recently closed in Mexico City. The New York Times reported that in a trilateral statement released by the three countries, they said progress was made in the fifth …