Mistletoe: More than Just a Decoration

Abbey Taylor Top Posts

When people think of mistletoe, they may picture the little plant that hangs above kissing couples around the holidays. However, mistletoe can be dangerous if found on a crop. Earlier this year, Andrew Koeser, assistant professor at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, gave recommendations on how to handle a …

Perdue Hopeful for NAFTA Resolution

Abbey Taylor Legislative, NAFTA, Top Posts, Trade

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation talks are taking longer than originally expected due to reported disagreements among trade representatives. Although people may be skeptical that a cohesive resolution will be made, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue believes agreements will be made in the end. AgNet Media’s Abbey Taylor was able to catch up with him in Tallahassee …

Navigating Weather Conditions with Avocados

Abbey Taylor Avocado, Top Posts, Weather

Jonathan Crane, professor of horticulture and tropical fruit crop specialist, spoke at the Fruit Crop Management Short Course in November about weather conditions that play a factor in growing avocados. Surprisingly, the biggest weather challenge for Florida avocados is freezing temperatures. However, Crane says that there is a wide range of cold-tolerant avocado varieties. He says that, potentially, there are …

Drone Photos Help Growers Manage Weeds

Jaci Schreckengost Technology, Top Posts

To help Florida vegetable and specialty crop growers ensure their weed management programs are efficient, researchers have created an easier way to examine weeds. 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 drones have become essential tools to help growers improve their herbicide use. …

Research for Managing Nematodes in Strawberry Crops

Jaci Schreckengost Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts

Researchers at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Wimauma are testing new ways of managing nematode pests as they continue affecting strawberry crops across the state. Johan Desaeger, a nematologist at GCREC, said strawberry growers have faced issues within the last year with species of nematodes that are lesser known in the crop, which …

USDA Announces National Watermelon Promotion Board Appointments

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Watermelon

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of 13 individuals to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Members newly appointed to serve three-year terms are: Ernesto Chamberlain, Nogales, Ariz. Christian Murillo, Nogales, Ariz. Dan O’Connor, Pompano Beach, Fla. Chadelle Robinson, Las Cruces, N.M. Gerardo A. Lozano, Edinburg, Texas Ward Thomas, McAllen, Texas Members re-appointed include: Mathew Singletary, Alva, Fla. …

How Gene Mapping Can Help Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Tomatoes, Top Posts

Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) are using gene mapping to learn more about the size and shape of vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers. Esther van der Knaap, UGA Department of Horticulture professor, says gene mapping does not give growers new products right away, but it does give researchers more knowledge about the size and shape of the …

Potential Second Crop for Georgia Pecan Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Pecan, Top Posts

Researchers have found that pecan truffles could be a possible second profitable crop for Georgia pecan growers. Tim Brenneman, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Georgia, says that the pecan truffle is a native fungus that currently grows on some pecan trees in Georgia. He says when the conditions are just right, the fungus produces a fruiting …