How About Another Sweet, Juicy Strawberry, Courtesy of UF/IFAS?

Kelsey Fry Berries, Industry News Release, Strawberry, Top Posts

Feb. 9, 2017 By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu Source: Vance Whitaker, 813-633-4136, vwhitaker@ufl.edu   GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When you bite into a Florida strawberry for Valentine’s Day or National Strawberry Day on Feb. 27, you savor sweetness and juice. That’s what you’ll find in all varieties bred by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers. The …

Rapid Cooling and Temperature Management

Abbey Taylor Berries, Leafy Vegetables, Peaches, Top Posts

Steven Sargent, a postharvest specialist and professor at the University of Florida, recently spoke on the importance of rapid cooling of leafy vegetables, such as lettuce and basil, after harvest. He also discussed his research on temperature management of Florida blueberries and peaches. Sargent discussed two methods of rapid cooling in order to quickly prepare a crop to be sold. …

Winter Fresh, Summer Somewhere Campaign

Josh McGill Berries, Industry News Release, Top Posts

Folsom, Calif. – Many U.S. consumers believe blueberries are only in season May through August. With the goal of changing those perceptions, the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is conducting a Winter Fresh, Summer Somewhere campaign which runs through February 2017. The campaign highlights the quality, in-season product available to U.S. consumers year-round, fresh from the blueberry farms of South America. …

Causes and Prevention of Orange Felt in Blackberries

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Phillip Brannen, an Extension plant pathologist with the University of Georgia, recently spoke on the significance of orange cane blotch in blackberries and action to take to control this disease. Orange cane blotch, or orange felt, is an algal disease that mostly affects coastal plain regions of the Southeast. Orange felt occurs in hot and humid environments, making it a …

Identification and Prevention of Orange Rust in Blackberries

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Phillip Brannen, an Extension plant pathologist with the University of Georgia, recently spoke on orange rust in blackberries and a way to prevent it. Orange rust is mostly prevalent in North Carolina. When infected, the leaves on the cane will turn yellow after developing in the spring. The back of the leaves will be covered in orange, pimple-like bumps. Because …

Blueberry Bioprotectant Study Results

Kelsey Fry Berries, Fruit, Research, Top Posts

At the 2017 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Erick Smith, the small fruit specialist for southeast Georgia for the University of Georgia (UGA) Tifton campus, presented information on blueberry bioprotectant studies. “I had the opportunity to speak on gibberellic acid and AVG (which is aminoethoxyvinylglycine), the product ReTain, and also ProGibb,” said Smith.“I also talked about BluGuard, which is …

Exobasidium and Rust Management in Blueberries

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Phillip Brannen, an Extension plant pathologist with the University of Georgia, recently discussed exobasidium and rust management in blueberries. Exobasidium is a relatively new fungal disease in blueberries. It will first appear in the spring as light green spots on the leaves. The disease will be evident on the fruit once it changes color. The spots on the fruit will …

Causes and Prevention of Cane Blight Disease in Blackberries

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Phillip Brannen, an Extension plant pathologist with the University of Georgia, recently spoke at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference on the danger of cane blight on blackberries and action to take to control this disease. Cane blight is one of the main blackberry diseases in the Southeast. This is mostly due to the wet, humid weather conditions in …