The September issue of VSCNews magazine is packed with information ranging from breeding updates to peach production.
Florida growers will recognize the man on the cover next month. On July 31, University of Florida (UF) Extension Agent Gene McAvoy retired. The September VSCNews cover story dives deep into McAvoy’s career and tells how he went from world traveler to Florida resident.
Breeding new varieties is a vital component to push agriculture forward. UF is a leader in the breeding industry, and two UF experts share updates from their breeding programs in next month’s issue. Doug Phillips, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) blueberry Extension coordinator, discusses the UF/IFAS blueberry breeding program. Get the latest details on the program in his article.
Phillips returns for another article with Patricio Munoz, assistant professor of blueberry breeding and genomics with UF/IFAS. They discuss what exactly goes into breeding a new variety, giving a broad overview of the process and the timeline.
The September issue also offers something for peach producers. Tripti Vashisth, UF/IFAS assistant professor of horticultural sciences, gives peach growers tips on how to induce dormancy in their orchards.
Finally, the September issue includes a wrap-up of the recent Vegetable & Specialty Crop (VSC) Expo. Readers can get some of the highlights from the Expo educational program and trade show inside the September issue. Also, be sure to mark your calendars for the 2020 VSC Expo, returning Aug. 12–13, 2020, to the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, Florida.
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