Production Update: High Yields, Low Prices for South Georgia Farmers

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By Clint Thompson Crop yields have been high this year at Lewis Taylor Farms in Tifton, Georgia. If only market prices could have matched the production experienced in such crops as peppers, cucumbers and squash. “Prices are cheap. Mexico is sending product in here. It’s gotten prices depressed,” said Bill Brim, part owner of Lewis Taylor Farms. “Jumbo peppers are …

Vidalia Onion Harvests Underway

Clint Thompson Georgia, Onion, Top Posts, Uncategorized

Vidalia onion harvests are underway in Georgia. It has been great harvest conditions for producers in the Southeast Georgia region. G&R Farms in Glennville, Georgia is one of the biggest Vidalia onion producers in the area. Pictured are photos from Thursday’s harvest. G&R Farms will continue harvesting through mid-May. April 19 was the pack date this year for Georgia Vidalia …

Key Investment: USDA Invest in Specialty Crops Grants, Incentives to Purchase Fruits and Vegetables

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to help agricultural producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Tuesday the availability of more than $330 million to help farmers and organizations in the food supply chain recover from the financial impacts of the pandemic. The funding is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance …

Thrips, Thrips, Thrips! Populations Oscillate in South Florida Fields

Clint Thompson Florida, Pests, Top Posts, Uncategorized

According to UF/IFAS, Asian bean thrips (ABT) populations continue to swing back and forth across the South Florida region. While flower thrips are the predominant species north of Miami-Dade, a few locations still are reporting ABT at the dominant species. ABT populations ranged from 0.2 to 0.7 per bloom in southeastern Hendry County. Populations were reduced where records of 10 …

Extending Enzymes: UF Hopes to Get More Mileage out of Essential Component

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts, Uncategorized

Enzymes are an essential element in the cells of all living plants. University of Florida research is tailored towards getting more mileage out of this essential component. Longer lasting enzymes could lead to increased yields in plants that are produced for food, fuel and fiber. That’s the thought process of Andrew Hanson, and eminent scholar and professor in the UF/IFAS …

Avoid Planting Fall Potatoes in Alabama

Clint Thompson Alabama, potato, Top Posts, Uncategorized

Alabama farmers and gardeners have planted or are currently planting their fall vegetable crops. One crop that Joe Kemble, Alabama Extension vegetable specialist, says producers need to avoid are fall potatoes. They simply don’t do well in any part of the state, due to the high soil temperatures. “Fall potatoes in Alabama do not do well at all. The reason …

Georgia Farmers Testify About Mexico’s Unfair Trade Practices

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Georgia, Top Posts, Trade, Uncategorized

Georgia farmers and industry leaders testified on Thursday in virtual hearings with the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office regarding unfair trade practices with Mexico. Each producer shared similar thoughts that some action must be taken, such as a 301 Investigation, because the future of the American farmer is at stake. The hearings provided the U.S. Department of Commerce and Trump Administration …

Collins, Scott Urge Trump Administration to Protect American Farmers From Mexico’s Unfair Trade Practices

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Uncategorized, USMCA

ATLANTA, Ga. – Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Austin Scott (R-Ga.) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging the Administration to protect American farmers from Mexico’s unfair trade practices as it works to implement the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “As you may know, Mexico’s increased market share of produce and perishable goods at record-low prices in the …