Yeast Rot in Blueberries Major Problem in 2020

Clint Thompson Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

A sporadic blueberry disease caused significant problems for Georgia producers in 2020. Though management options are non-existent with yeast rot, Jonathan Oliver, University of Georgia (UGA) assistant professor and small fruits pathologist, believes timely harvesting and handling of ripe fruit will help minimize instances in 2021. “It was a major problem for our rabbiteye growers. Kind of the last half, …

Crop Rotation in SE Vegetable Production

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

According to the Southeastern U.S. 2021 Vegetable Crop Handbook, crop rotation is key in preventing the buildup of soil-borne pathogens. Specialists from universities across the Southeast implore producers to consider an effective rotation sequence that consists of crops from different families that are poor or non-hosts of these pathogens. The longer the rotation the better the results will be. A …

Vegetable Weed Management a Complicated Practice for Producers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables

Weed management in vegetable crops across the Southeast remains a diverse and complicated practice that all producers need to be reminded of. “There are so many components that a vegetable grower has to consider, especially when it comes to weed control. Some production systems you can use tillage. Some you can’t. Some you have plasticulture in a fumigant system. Some …

COVID Forces Farmers to Consider Alternate Marketing Opportunities

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

COVID-19 altered the marketing plans of Southeast vegetable and specialty crop producers in 2020. Restaurants closed, which crippled certain sectors of the fruit and vegetable industry.   Farmers must continue to adjust as a new season approaches while the pandemic continues. Jessie Boswell, Alabama Regional Extension agent, who specializes in commercial horticulture and farm and agribusiness management, believes the pandemic’s …

Georgia Vegetable Growers to Vote to Continue Assessment

Clint Thompson Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

Georgia vegetable growers will vote Feb. 1 through March 2, 2021 to determine the continuation of the Georgia Vegetable Commission marketing order which allows assessment of one cent per marketing unit of vegetables as described in the current marketing order. The marketing order applies to growers with 50 acres or more of total annual production of the following crops – …

2021 Southeastern Vegetable Crop Handbook Now Available!

Clint Thompson North Carolina, Top Posts, Vegetables

According to N.C. State Extension, the new Southeastern Vegetable Crop Handbook is now available online. Extension vegetable specialists across the Southeast come together annually to update this handbook. In addition to vegetables, garlic, some culinary herbs and hops are also included. There will be a limited number of hard copies available. Due to the lack of in-person vegetable grower meetings …

SE Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference Concludes Today

Clint Thompson Florida, Fruit, Georgia, South Carolina, Top Posts, Vegetables

This year’s virtual Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference ends today with hopes of returning to an in-person format in 2022. Charles Hall, Executive Director of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, believes the educational sessions that were offered over the course of the three-day event are invaluable for producers this year and moving forward in upcoming growing seasons. …

Syngenta Showcases Multiple Vegetable Products

Clint Thompson Top Posts, Vegetables

Syngenta had a chance on Tuesday during the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference to showcase several new vegetable products that are sure to benefit vegetable and specialty crop growers in the Southeast. Prevail Prevail is a popular new beans variety that’s adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions. It produces slim, very dark green pods. In trial data, …