Southwest Florida Struggles with Whiteflies and Drought

Abbey Taylor Pests, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Watermelon

The drought is not the only problem Florida tomato and watermelon growers are facing this season. Gene McAvoy, regional vegetable Extension agent with the University of Florida, said whitefly pressure has proliferated and become a big problem for growers. Florida’s relatively warm winter this past year has caused tremendous pest pressure (especially whiteflies) now in the spring. McAvoy says he …

Florida Organic Growers and UF/IFAS Host Organic Tomato Production System Workshop

Abbey Taylor Tomatoes, Top Posts

Contact: Tyler Nesbit, 352-377-6345 Email: tyler@foginfo.org Gainesville, Fla. – Florida Organic Growers and UF/IFAS are hosting a free Integrated Organic Tomato Production System workshop on Monday, May 15. The workshop will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the University of Florida Plant Science Research and Education Unit, 2556 West Highway 318 in Citra. Topics will include: Organic tomato …

UF/IFAS Breeder Develops Genetic Path to Tastier Tomatoes

Kelsey Fry Tomatoes, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu Source: Harry Klee, 352-392-8249, hjklee@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla, Jan. 26, 2017 — Some consumers crave tastier tomatoes than those they buy at the supermarket, so a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researcher led a global team of scientists that found chemical combinations for better flavor.   In a study published today in the …

UF Tomato Research Trials: Jointless Ground Tomatoes

Abbey Taylor Research, Tomatoes, Top Posts

The University of Florida (UF) has been involved in ongoing tomato research over the years with the objective of aiding growers in production and cost efficiencies. The initial goal of university researchers was to breed a tomato plant that can be grown on the ground without staking or tying, which can be achieved with traditional tomato varieties. This has evolved …

Tomatoes Resistant to Bacterial Spot

Kelsey Fry Tomatoes, Top Posts

The Bs2 gene, which occurs naturally in peppers, has shown to provide excellent disease control in tomatoes. The Two Blades Foundation, a charitable scientific organization, which holds an exclusive license to the Bs2 gene, has collaborated with the University of Florida to breed tomatoes with the Bs2 transgene to further study the effects on the gene in tomatoes. Samuel Hutton, University of …

UF/IFAS Researcher: Taller, Thinner Crop Beds Save Money, Water, Other Resources

Kelsey Fry Tomatoes, Vegetables

    Looking out over thousands of acres of tomatoes, Miguel Talavera, director of East Coast growing operations at Pacific Tomato Grower, Ltd., marvels at the narrow lanes of fruit that are thriving in the hot Florida sun. Talavera credits increase in yield and a decrease in the use of fumigants to a collaboration with researchers and Extension faculty at …