Sneak Peek: VSCNews Magazine May 2019

Abbey Taylor Sneak peek, Top Posts

Florida strawberry growers may recognize the man on the cover of the May issue of VSCNews magazine. Dustin Grooms of Fancy Farms in Plant City, Florida, is featured for being a recipient of the 4R Advocate Award. Learn more about his operation and what he did to win the honor in the magazine.

Pest management is also discussed in this issue. Blueberry growers will learn how best to get a hold of beetle borers in their production systems. Janine Spies of the University of Florida (UF) discusses symptoms growers need to watch for, some ways to monitor adult borers and management methods.

Whiteflies are a menace to vegetable growers region-wide. UF entomologist Hugh Smith explores the best ways to cope with these destructive pests.

Silk flies are also discussed in May’s issue. Julien Beuzelin, assistant professor at the UF Everglades Research and Education Center, discusses the dangers silk flies pose to South Florida sweet corn growers. He also offers some control strategies.

Another article on the pest management front is from UF nematologist Johan Desaeger. He explains how growers should be handling nematode activity in a post-methyl bromide era.

Finally, AgNet Media is excited to introduce the Vegetable and Specialty Crop Expo. Find out what to expect at this new industry event inside May’s magazine.

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