Gray Mold Alert: Hemp Disease Discovered in Alabama Seedlings

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According to the Alabama Extension Commercial Horticulture Facebook page, recent samples of hemp seedlings sent to the Auburn University Plant Diagnostic Lab yielded discouraging results. The seedlings and clones were infected with gray mold or Botrytis cinerea. The fungus favors a cloudy and cool environment. Hemp that is produced in greenhouses in conditions that are high in humidity are at …

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Supersweet Success: UF Scientists Sequence Genome of Sweet Corn

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By Brad Buck/UF University of Florida (UF)/IFAS research has yielded supersweet results that should lead to better sweet corn varieties for producers. Now, a University of Florida scientist is laying the genetic groundwork for better sweet corn varieties. Marcio Resende, a UF/IFAS sweet corn breeder, led a research team that sequenced the genome of a type of supersweet corn. Resende …

Using Pesticides Wisely: UGA, GDA Offering Program in March, April

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For the second straight year, the Using Pesticides Wisely program will be offered in a virtual format amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The training, which is offered by the University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension and Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), will be offered on 11 different dates in March and April. University of Georgia Extension weed specialist Stanley Culpepper …

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Preparing for Success: Blueberry Site Preparation Takes Time

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Preparations need to be done well in advance for producers interested in producing blueberry plants, said Elina Coneva, an Extension specialist in the Horticulture Department at Auburn University, during a webinar on the Alabama Extension Commercial Horticulture Facebook page. “For those who are considering becoming blueberry growers, I would let you know that you need start preparation for your blueberry …

United Fresh Releases 2020 Fourth Quarter Report

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Fresh produce continues its steady growth at retail, with increased sales for fruits and vegetables during the fourth quarter of 2020. That’s according to a new report from United Fresh, detailing the fourth quarter of last year and the 2020 year-end report. Among the fourth quarter highlights, both fruits and vegetables continued to grow as sales surged across categories driven …

Onion Disease Management in Georgia

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By Bhabesh Dutta The climate prevalent in the Vidalia onion zone (southeastern Georgia) is conducive to many diseases. Among the diseases, those that are caused by bacteria and fungi are the prominent ones. Some of the diseases caused by water molds or oomycetes (Pythium damping-off and downy mildew) can also be seen periodically. Based on my experience as a vegetable …

Cutting Costs: Pecan Producers Can Save Money by Avoiding Unnecessary Phosphorus Applications

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In a time when prices are low and expenses are high, pecan producers need to cut costs, not corners. Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist, believes farmers can hold back in applying certain nutrients this year, if there is an abundant supply already in the orchard. Take phosphorus for example. “Most of our orchards are high in …

Pruning Practices: Blueberry Growers Reminded of Important Management Tactic

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The time is now for some blueberry producers to prune their crop. Pruning is the process by which farmers selectively cut parts of their plant. This will sustain the overall health of the plant while enhancing its fruit quality. In a webinar on the Alabama Extension Commercial Horticulture Facebook page on Monday, Eric Schavey, Regional Extension agent in Northeast Alabama, …