UF/IFAS Experts Help Growers Ready for Tonight’s Cold Snap

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Weather

Date:March 15, 2017 By:Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growers are bracing for a cold snap tonight that could cost them thousands of dollars in damage. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agents and researchers are here to help. A hard freeze warning is in effect from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 16 …

Wildfires Plague Florida During Dry Spell

Kelsey Fry Environment, Top Posts, Weather

Wildfire season is currently at a high in Florida. Just last week, over 6,000 acres burned in Collier County. The fire left a portion of Interstate 75 shut down, and mandatory evacuations were ordered. Florida wildfires occur due to various reasons. Human intent is one of the main reasons, but dry weather and lightning strikes are also common fire starters. …

Alabama Gains Its Own Pomegranate Association

Kelsey Fry Pomegranates, Top Posts

The pomegranate industry in Alabama is working to strengthen its numbers by incorporating a statewide association. Shane Jennings founded the Alabama Pomegranate Association to help educate, raise awareness, and inspire Alabamians to get involved in the growing industry. The association was formed in 2016 and held its first annual member meeting in October. Attendance showed a significant interest in Alabama …

Findings and Plans for Pomegranate Disease-Treatment Research

Abbey Taylor Pomegranates, Research, Top Posts

Pomegranate production in Florida has been striking interest within the agriculture community because of its potential to be a viable alternative crop to citrus. Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, recently presented research findings from 2016 about pomegranate disease treatments, as well as research plans for 2017. Vallad found several plant …

Jet Fuel Crop on the Horizon

Kelsey Fry Cole Crop, Research, Top Posts

Source: Patrick Troy Patrick Troy, University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension regional specialized agent for row crops, is working on a biofuel research study that could lead to the production of jet fuel. “Fortunately, for the sake of farming, I think diversification is something that has happened with the movement in and out of different crops. Unfortunately, …

Putnam Rallies Ag at Taste of Florida Reception

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

The Taste of Florida Agriculture reception, held in Tallahassee on March 8, brought together friends of agriculture from every corner of the state for a night of fellowship. The reception is hosted by the Florida Farm Bureau as part of its annual Legislative Days event. Booths were set up between the historic Florida Capitol building and the new state Capitol. …

Younger Generation Not Eating Enough Peaches

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Peaches, Top Posts

Peaches have always been a staple in household diets, but the younger generation is falling short of the consumption rates from past generations. The National Peach Council (NPC) is working to fix this issue. In a recent study, it was discovered that the average peach consumer is in excess of 55 years old. NPC Director Kay Rentzel spoke about the …

A Way to Save Water

Kelsey Fry Environment, Technology, Top Posts, Water

Variable-rate irrigation may be a grand step forward in the sustainability efforts of agriculturalists. Charles Barrett, regional water resources Extension agent for the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, says, “The technology itself has been around for a while, but it’s starting to gain some traction.” Variable-rate irrigation allows for control over the center pivot. The system forms a grid map …