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 …

Strategies for Sourcing Approved Inputs

Ashley Robinson Uncategorized

By Sarah Bostick Access to approved inputs is a challenge in states with few certified organic farms. Agricultural supply stores in these states often don’t have enough demand to keep approved products in stock. But with a little creativity, you can get your hands on all the inputs you need. WHERE TO LOOK Two independent groups determine if an input …

Rapid and Sensitive Method for Detection of Phytophthora Capsici in Irrigation Water Sources

Clint Thompson Georgia, Top Posts, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Water

Emran Ali, Owen Hudson, Justin Hand, and Sumyya Waliullah Georgia ranks among the top three states in the nation in vegetable production. One of the most serious diseases in vegetable production in Georgia is Phytophthora blight, caused by the oomycete pathogen Phytophthora capsici. It is a water mold that attacks the roots, foliage, and fruit, causing root rot, crown rot, …

Hot, Dry Weather Impacts Florida’s Tropical Fruits

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit, Uncategorized, Weather

By Clint Thompson Florida’s hot and dry weather this winter and spring has impacted its tropical fruits, according to Jonathan Crane, University of Florida tropical fruit crop specialist. From lychees to avocados and mangos, none were immune to high temperatures over the past few months. Lychee requires exposure to cooler temperatures. If they don’t get much of that, they don’t …

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PACA Information Related to COVID-19 Impacts

Dan Cooper Uncategorized

(USDA/AMS) — Q.        I have been contacted by several customers that purchased produce from me requesting extensions to our payment terms or to make partial payments as a result of the economic turmoil relating to the COVID-19 emergency. I understand the predicament my customers are facing and am willing to try and help, but I am afraid I could jeopardize …