Foliar Nematodes in Florida Strawberries

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Strawberry, Top Posts

A nematode thought to be new in Florida was found recently on strawberry crops. The foliar nematode is one area of research at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, said Johan Desaeger, assistant professor of entomology and nematology. After some research, Desaeger found this nematode is not new …

Conaway Warns of Crop Insurance Fight

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

A crop insurance fight may be on the horizon as the farm bill gets crafted. Congressman and House Agriculture Committee Chair Michael Conaway spoke about the potential fight at the 2018 Crop Insurance Industry Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. “There’s a fight ahead perhaps on crop insurance,” Conaway told AgNet Media’s Gary Cooper. “The renewal of the farm bill will give …

Trucking Rule Gives Florida Growers an Edge

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

By Ernie Neff and Len Wilcox A federal rule requiring use of electronic devices to log truckers’ driving time was a boon to Florida vegetable grower, packer and shipper Chuck Obern, at least soon after implementation. Obern said the rule increased the time and cost of shipping vegetables from the West and Mexico to New York, giving Florida growers a …

Grafting Program Focuses on Tomatoes, Watermelon

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Watermelon

The grafting program at the University of Florida (UF) was formed nearly a decade ago, but one of the main goals of the program continues today. Josh Freeman, associate professor of horticulture at UF, said the grafting program was originally started to manage bacterial wilt in tomato crops. Today, the goal has slightly changed to managing fusarium wilt of watermelon …

Important H-2A Rules to Consider

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Dan Bremer, president of AgWorks H2, LLC, recently spoke at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Georgia, about the H-2A program. His presentation discussed labor options outside of the H-2A program, as well as what to expect from the H-2A program. Bremer began the presentation by going over options that growers can consider when seeking labor. The …

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New Herbicide Application Technology Available in Georgia and Alabama – But Not Yet in Florida

Dan Cooper Agri-business, Environment, Industry News Release

With spring and the rainy season just around the corner, many cattle producers look toward fertilization and weed control applications in the weeks and months ahead. As part of our coverage of this week’s National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention in Phoenix, we learned from Dow AgroSciences range and pasture experts that a new herbicide application technology is available in Georgia …

The Top 3 Things on Florida Farm Bureau’s Legislative Plate

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

The Florida Farm Bureau held its legislative days in Tallahassee, where it advocated for an “Ag Strong” legislative agenda. Adam Basford, director of legislative affairs for Florida Farm Bureau, was pleased with the turnout at this year’s events. Sporting “Ag Strong” pins, nearly 200 members of the Florida Farm Bureau made appointments with their legislators to advocate for critical agriculture …

Growers’ Needs Steer Blueberry Breeding

Jaci Schreckengost Berries, Top Posts

Blueberry breeders continue to try to improve varieties as grower needs and markets change. Scott NeSmith, professor at the University of Georgia’s Department of Horticulture, said there are three main challenges that are facing blueberry growers right now that breeders are working to solve. The first challenge is to avoid times where the crop could be exposed to too much …