Center Stage: Grass in Olympic Stadium developed by Breeders at UGA-Tifton

Clint Thompson Georgia, Top Posts, Turfgrass

University of Georgia (UGA) Tifton campus turfgrass breeders’ handiwork is on display during this year’s Summer Olympics. The Japan National Stadium’s field is currently sodded with TifSport bermudagrass, developed in south Georgia. It is one of many grass varieties created and tested at UGA-Tifton. TifSport is a dense, medium- to fine-textured grass bred to withstand the high traffic sports fields …

U.S. Horticulture Operations Report $13.8 Billion in Sales

Clint Thompson Florida, Georgia, Horticulture, Top Posts

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties report, the only source of detailed production and sales data for floriculture, nursery, and specialty crops for the entire United States. The data show that horticulture operations sold a total of $13.8 billion in floriculture, nursery and …

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Light Bulb Moments in the Improvement of Greenhouse Growing

Dan Cooper Georgia, Horticulture, Industry News Release, Research

By Aaron Hale (UGA/CAES) — The illuminated light bulb. It’s the symbol of a great idea come to life. Erico Mattos’ big idea doesn’t reinvent that iconic bulb exactly but reimagines how it can be used. Around the globe, greenhouses grow fruits and vegetables to provide a healthy food supply year-round. But as reliable as the sun is for providing light …


Nursery and Greenhouse Industry Big Business in Alabama

Dan Cooper Alabama, Horticulture, Industry News Release

The poinsettia sitting on the hearth, the hydroponic lettuce in the refrigerator, the new shrubs waiting to be planted — all of these were probably grown right here in Alabama. Paul Brown, associate director for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said many Alabamians do not recognize just how significant the nursery and greenhouse industry is in the state. Economic Impact “Alabama’s …

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USDA Invests $11M In Research That Will Support Specialty Crop Farmers

Dan Cooper Avocado, Berries, Fruit, Grapes, Hemp, Hops, Horticulture, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Mangos, Mushrooms, Nuts, Olives, Onion, Organic, Peaches, Pecan, Pomegranates, potato, Produce, Stone Fruit, Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables, Watermelon

WASHINGTON (USDA-Oct. 3, 2019) — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins announced that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested $11 million in research that will support specialty crop farmers. “This collaborative public-private research effort will focus on applying innovative solutions to pest management problems that often are otherwise not available to specialty …

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UF Eyes Butterfly Pea as Natural Food-Color Source

Dan Cooper Florida, Horticulture, Industry News Release, Research

It provides a natural food coloring. It gives nurseries another ornamental to grow and sell, and it might provide health benefits to those who eat it with their food. It is the Butterfly Pea, and University of Florida researchers are studying the flower to see if it will grow in Florida. Much of what we eat every day contains added …

UF/IFAS CREC Hosts Successful Fruit Crop Management Short Course

Abbey Taylor Berries, Horticulture, Peaches, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) hosted a Fruit Crop Management Short Course this week in Lake Alfred. The two-day short course featured presentations from top southeastern researchers about alternative crops that may have potential in the Southeast. The first day of the event was about plant biology and …

Florida Post-Harvest Horticulture Tour Registration Open

Abbey Taylor Horticulture, Top Posts, Vegetables

The 28th annual Florida Post-Harvest Horticulture Tour will take place March 6–10, 2017. The University of Florida (UF) post-harvest program is designed for produce industry professionals, researchers and students involved in all aspects of the produce industry from field to retail. “We are interested in how fresh quality is maintained from the point of harvest through handling and wholesale- and …