Repellent Could Keep Dangerous Beetles Away from Avocado Trees

Josh McGill Fruit, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Using some pleasant-smelling chemicals, avocado growers may soon be able to repel beetles that inject a potentially deadly fungus into their trees, saving fruit and money, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers say. When they’re infected with the laurel wilt fungus, redbay trees – a close cousin …

Brussels Sprouts Not Best Bet for Georgia

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

According to two University of Georgia researchers, Brussels sprout crops do not seem to be the best option for Georgia farmers. Justin Shealey, one of the researchers heading the study, says results were not positive after the second year of researching whether or not Brussels sprouts had a bright future as a Georgia crop. “There was a lot more excitement …

Trump’s Wall and Mexican Trade

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

The implementation of President Trump’s wall on the Mexican border could alter the United States’ trade relationship with Mexico. Fritz Roka, an associate professor at the University of Florida stationed at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, spoke with AgNet Media about the implications of the wall and its possible effect on Mexican trade. According to the U.S. Department …

U.S. Strawberry Growers Face Heavy Competition from Mexico

Abbey Taylor Research, Strawberry, Top Posts

Strawberry growers in the United States are feeling pressure from increasing strawberry production in Mexico. Zhengfei Guan, University of Florida assistant professor and agricultural economist, recently spoke at the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference about the struggles strawberry growers are facing and ways to combat those challenges. Mexico’s strawberry production is rapidly growing, making the country a top competitor for …

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Nelson to Try Legislative Route in ‘Water War’

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Legislative, Water

by Lloyd Dunkelberger, The News Service of Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday he will file legislation aimed at forcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to divert more freshwater into Northwest Florida’s Apalachicola Bay system. Nelson, who visited Florida A&M University and the state Capitol, said he and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will support Senate legislation similar to …