Alabama Extension Agent to Strawberry Producers: Stay on Schedule

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By Clint Thompson North Alabama strawberry producers need to stay vigilant in their management strategies this fall and winter. It will help protect against potential stress that might arise, which could lead to vulnerability against new diseases like Neopestalotiopsis Fruit Rot. That’s the message that Eric Schavey, Regional Extension agent in Northeast Alabama “The talk has been that I’ve been …

CUPS Not for All Citrus Producers

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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

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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 …

GFVGA: Changes Need to be Made to Farm Workforce Modernization Act

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By Clint Thompson The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) recognizes the urgent need for the Senate to pass its version of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act before the end of the year. The GFVGA also acknowledges the need for necessary changes be made to the bill in its current format. Charles Hall, executive director of the Georgia Fruit …

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

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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, …

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Doing More with Less: How Pecan Producers Can Still Succeed

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By Clint Thompson A point of emphasis over the past couple of years with Southeast pecan production is doing more with less. It starts with scab resistant varieties, says Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist. “That’s been the theme the last year or two in a lot of our presentations, shifting to more resistant varieties that we …

Price Adjustment: Watermelon Farmers Need Assistance to Remain Sustainable

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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 …

GFVGA Executive Director: Can’t Depend on Input Costs Dropping

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By Clint Thompson Input costs are high right now for Georgia’s vegetable and specialty crop producers. Charles Hall, executive director of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA), says his farmers can’t bank on prices for freight, fertilizer, diesel and labor to decrease for the foreseeable future. “I don’t think you can depend on it going away. You’ve just …