CUPS Not for All Citrus Producers

Clint Thompson Citrus, Florida, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson One of the unique ways of managing citrus greening disease developed by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers is not for all producers. The citrus under protective systems (CUPS) is just too expensive for all growers to take advantage of, says Fred Gmitter, a University of Florida citrus breeder. “It’s an extremely expensive …

UF/IFAS Vegetable Production Handbook in Stock for Florida Producers

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts

The University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) 2021-2022 vegetable production handbook is in stock for Florida producers. The 19-chapter handbook, which is updated every production season, provides guidance on vegetable production throughout Florida. The handbook also includes extensive pesticide tables for each crop that is covered. Growers are asked to contact Gene McAvoy, Regional Vegetable Extension …

FFVA President: Input Costs are No. 1 Thing Farmers Talk About

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Trade and labor used to top the concern list for Florida’s vegetable and specialty crop producers. Not anymore. It is input prices and input availability, says Mike Joyner, Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) President. “As we talk to growers and we’re in the field a lot it is the No. 1 thing they talk about. Yes, …

Price Adjustment: Watermelon Farmers Need Assistance to Remain Sustainable

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Clint Thompson Extremely high input costs makes watermelon production unsustainable for Southeast producers. Carr Hussey, a watermelon farmer in Florida, Georgia and Alabama and chairman of the board of the Florida Watermelon Association (FWA), said there be a must price adjustment for farmers to remain afloat. “Pricing, I think it’s going to change this season, I really do. Farmers …

Costly Increase: Input Expenses for Watermelons Will Impact Consumer Price

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Clint Thompson South Florida watermelon producers are two months away from planting this year’s crop. Farmers are bracing themselves for the high input prices that are rampant throughout the agricultural industry. Mark Bryan, president of the Florida Watermelon Association, said the impact of the increased input costs will be felt at the grocery stores next spring and summer. “We …

Blueberry Cultivar Research: It Takes Time

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Pest and disease management of blueberries is a reality all Florida producers have to cope with every year. A potential solution is cultivar resistance. But that will take time, however, says University of Florida blueberry breeder Patricio Munoz. “Pests and diseases are big problems for the state, but we are a state that’s very prone to these …

Trichomes: Tiny Plant Organs with Superpower

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts

By Ulschan Bathe Have you ever rubbed a peppermint leaf between your fingers and wondered where the toothpaste smell comes from? It does not come from the inside of the leaf. It comes from the outside. The smell is released from tiny hairlike organs on the leaf surface that are called trichomes. (The name trichome comes from the Greek word …

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Elsa Aftermath: FDACS Responds to Secretarial Disaster Designation

Clint Thompson Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Weather

Tallahassee, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has informed Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) that it has granted a Secretarial disaster designation in several counties in Georgia and Florida due to losses caused by Tropical Storm Elsa, excessive wind, and excessive rainfall that occurred on July 7, 2021. …