Industry Expert: Supply Chain Issues Could Linger into 2023

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By Clint Thompson One industry expert fears the current supply chain shortage and spike in input costs could linger well into the 2022 season and beyond. Sam Taylor, executive director for Rabobank, a financial services company, encourages producers to plan ahead to avoid potentially not having certain inputs next season. “My fear is that (costs) could continue to increase. You …

New Species: UGA Researchers Discover ‘Onion Devourer’ Bacteria

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University of Georgia researchers have identified a new species of bacteria, which they have named Pseudomonas alliivorans — from “allium vorans,” which translates as onion devourer or eater. As part of a multistate, four-year project, UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable disease specialist Bhabesh Dutta and his team surveyed onions at every stage of production — from seedling to mature bulb and …

UF Researcher: Cover Crops Replenish Soil

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By Clint Thompson Johan Desaeger, Assistant Professor of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, believes in cover crops so much he quotes the United States’ first president in making his argument. “We’ve got to take care of our soils. George Washington, he was a farmer, …

Sneak Peek: December 2021 VSCNews Magazine

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By Clint Thompson The December issue of VSCNews Magazine highlights the Florida Ag Expo, which was held on Nov. 18 at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, Florida. Various topics like artificial intelligence, best management practices, disease and pest management tips, field tours and a trade show …

USDA RMA Hosting Listening Sessions for Fresh Market Sweet Corn Producers

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Fresh market sweet corn producers are invited to participated in listening sessions with Agralytica, who is working under contract for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency. The sessions are for fresh market sweet corn producers in areas covered by the Fresh Market Sweet Corn Dollar Plan of Insurance, as well as industry members and regional insurance representatives. Feedback …

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Florida, Georgia Remain Top Users of H-2A Program

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Florida and Georgia remained the top two users of the H-2A program, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, as of Sept. 30, 2021. For the fiscal year (FY) 2021, the number of certified positions for Florida numbered 44,706, or 14.1% of the total certified in FY 2021. Georgia was second with 35,205 positions or 11.1%. The other top states …

Weekly Updates: Clemson Extension Agents Discuss Various Crops

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Clemson Extension agents provide updates in the The South Carolina Grower this week about the status of various crops being produced throughout the state. Coastal Region Rob Last reports, “In our area, pest and disease pressure have reduced in response to cooler dryer conditions. Keep an eye on soil moisture and continue to regularly scout crops.” Midlands Justin Ballew reports, “We …

Federal Funding: UF Citrus Faculty Secure Resources in Fight Against Citrus Greening

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LAKE ALFRED, Fla — Three USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program grants totaling more than $2.2 million will help University of Florida citrus researchers in their fight against citrus greening disease. In addition, UF/IFAS researchers are serving in leadership roles in two other multi-million-dollar grants awarded to other research institutions across …