UF/IFAS Scientists: Commercially Grown Strawberries Are Not Genetically Engineered

Kelsey Fry Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts, Uncategorized

BALM, Fla., Dec. 14, 2016 — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers want the public to know that they do not use genetic engineering to breed commercial strawberries; in fact, commercially grown strawberries worldwide do not use such techniques in new variety production at this time. A UF/IFAS strawberry breeder says he’s often asked whether the fruit …

Get Maximum Results from Blueberry Sprayers

Kelsey Fry Berries, Research, Top Posts

Renee Allen, area blueberry agent with the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension, discussed her recent presentation at the 2016 Fall Blueberry Short Course held in Plant City, Florida. She said her main focus was to speak on the studies she’s conducted on initial identification of issues with spray coverage in south Georgia blueberries. Allen spoke on two main topics during …

Gaining Blueberry Market Knowledge

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

At the recent Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) show, Fresh From Florida announced it has been working with blueberry growers to collect rudimentary data on their operations. The data will be used by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) to leverage the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish a blueberry crop forecasting system in …

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New Strawberry Varieties on the Horizon

Kelsey Fry Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts

There are a few new strawberry varieties that have recently been released, and others that are expected soon from the University of Florida. Kenneth Parker, executive director of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, discussed what new varieties are being introduced in the Florida strawberry industry. “FL-127 originally was released under the name Florida Sensation,” says Parker. He says the FL-127 …

Cooler Weather Is Great News for Strawberry Growers

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

The cool weather this year has Florida strawberry growers’ spirits high for this season. Kenneth Parker, president of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, said there is a tremendous amount of hopeful optimism for this season. “The greatest advantage that we have going into this season, comparing it to last year, is that the weather is picture perfect,” said Parker. “We …

Bacterial Wilt of Southern Highbush Blueberry

Josh McGill Berries, Top Posts

Bacterial wilt of southern highbush blueberry caused by Ralstonia solanacearum By: Phil Harmon, UF/IFAS Extension Blueberry Plant Pathologist Bacterial wilt is a newly discovered disease of blueberry in Florida. Symptoms of the disease are similar to those caused by Xylella and bacterial scorch. Plants with bacterial wilt will show signs of water stress such as wilting and marginal leaf burn. …

Florida Blueberry Growers Association to Host Fall Meeting

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

The 2016 Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) Fall Meeting & Tradeshow is quickly approaching. The day-long educational event will take place on Tuesday, November 29, at the Hillsborough Community College Trinkle Center in Plant City. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. FBGA President Dudley Calfee says, “The greatest opportunity (of the meeting) is for growers to …

Florida Brings Its Finest to the World Stage

Kelsey Fry Berries, Produce, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables

The Fresh From Florida pavilion did an exceptional job representing Florida’s agricultural businesses at the 67th annual Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Summit this past weekend. With a new change in booth layout, the pavilion allowed for unity of the Florida companies on the expo show floor. It was pretty easy to spot the Florida section amidst the 12,000 exhibiting …