New Weed Management for Cole Crops

Jaci Schreckengost Cole Crop, Top Posts

University of Florida (UF) researchers are looking into new weed management techniques in cole crops and leafy vegetables to help benefit Florida growers. Peter Dittmar, an assistant professor and Extension specialist at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), received approval for two different Specialty Crop Block Grants from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). One …

EAA Farmers Thank Governor Scott

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

Contact: Danielle Alvarez (786) 586-3989 dalvarez@mercuryllc.com BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Following Florida Governor Rick Scott’s visit to the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), leaders from communities south of Lake Okeechobee expressed gratitude for the governor’s leadership and urged him to continue advocating for the region. The following community and business leaders released statements immediately following Scott’s visit to Belle Glade: Stephen Basore, of TKM Bengard …

New Grape Growers Conference in Georgia

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Extension agencies at the University of Georgia (UGA) are hosting their first New Grape Growers Conference on August 16 at Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris. Melissa Mattee, a UGA county Extension coordinator, says the Georgia grape industry has been on the rise, which sparked the idea for the conference. Vineyards have been popping up around Georgia, especially in the …

UF Scientists Work on the ‘Essence’ of Better-Tasting Tomato Juice

Abbey Taylor Research, Tomatoes, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If you’re yearning for a better-tasting tomato juice, University of Florida scientists are in their labs, working on satisfying your palate. Essence, usually extracted from a plant to add flavor or provide a scent, according to a new University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) study, can be used to …

The Value of Specialty Crop Block Grants

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

Specialty crop growers and industry professionals are passionate about programs that provide funding for specialty crop research. Many people stressed the importance of such research during the farm bill listening session that occurred in Gainesville, Florida, on June 24. “Research is crucial in order for growers to provide a safe food supply,” said Danny Johns, a Florida Fruit & Vegetable …

Spider Mite Control Strategies

Abbey Taylor Pests, Top Posts

Alabama growers trying to control caterpillars may be inadvertently attracting another devastating pest. Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says growers need to keep an eye out for spider mites in their production systems. Many growers use synthetic pyrethroids to combat caterpillars in the field. While synthetic pyrethroids are very effective, they can kill off …

IR-4 Program Helps Get Pesticides Registered for Specialty Crops

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts

Peter Dittmar, assistant professor and Extension specialist at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, says the specialty crop industry has difficulties with pesticide registration. In order to solve this problem, the IR-4 program was created to help Florida growers have more options. The program is a cooperation between land grant universities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and …

Make Way for Florida Peaches

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Research, Top Posts

Sonia Tighe, executive director of the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation (FSCF), spent this past peach season raising awareness for Florida peaches. FSCF, in collaboration with the Fresh From Florida program, was awarded a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to market Florida peaches. The program started with an advertising campaign, during which the peaches were being promoted to …