Virtual Citrus Expo and VSC Expo See Great Success

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts, VSC Expo

For nearly three decades, Citrus Expo has been the premier event that growers turn to for the latest information and products to run a successful operation. Although the annual in-person event took a hiatus this year to ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the virtual event saw tremendous success. “In these unprecedented times, it was important for us to find ways …

New Format Planned for Educational Sessions During Virtual Citrus Expo

Clint Thompson Alabama, Citrus, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables, VSC Expo

While coronavirus will prevent the citrus industry from gathering this year at Citrus Expo, it will not stop growers from getting the education they need. The 2020 Citrus Expo educational program will be held live online Aug. 19–20 and will include door prizes. If you’re lucky, you could walk away with one of four $200 Bass Pro gift cards! The …

Tomato Brown Rugose Spreading Globally

Karla Arboleda Tomatoes, Top Posts, VSC Expo

Tomato brown rugose fruit virus is making headlines as it continues to spread around the globe. Below are reports posted to VSCNews in recent months as more about this pathogen has been revealed. One report is from a presentation during the recent Vegetable & Specialty Crop Expo. You can view that presentation here. Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus Spreading Globally …

VSC Expo Presentations Now Available

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, VSC Expo

The 2019 Vegetable & Specialty Crop (VSC) Expo saw great success as growers piled into the Lee Civic Center on Aug. 15–16 in North Fort Myers, Florida. Attendees experienced a dynamic trade show and seminar sessions tailored toward vegetable and specialty crop growers. The educational program, titled “Growing Stronger,” featured presentations on the latest research from the University of Florida …

Managing Sweet Corn Silk Flies

Abbey Taylor Corn, Florida, Top Posts, VSC Expo

Silk flies are a major pest for South Florida sweet corn growers, but Julien Beuzelin, assistant professor at the University of Florida’s Everglades Research and Education Center, is working to lessen the threat these pests pose. He gave an overview of his silk fly research at the recent Vegetable & Specialty Crop (VSC) Expo. According to Beuzelin, there are three …

Water Issues: Ag Has Allies

Abbey Taylor Florida, Top Posts, VSC Expo, Water

By Ernie Neff “I think that the ag industry has a number of allies within the regulatory arena,” says Rich Budell, who moderated a panel of Florida regulators at Citrus Expo. Budell, now a consultant, spent 31 years working on water issues with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). The panelists were Chris Pettit, director of agricultural …

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Factors to Consider Before Adopting Alternative Crops

Abbey Taylor Produce, Research, Top Posts, VSC Expo

By Karla Arboleda Choosing to grow an alternative crop could prove to be a beneficial move for growers, but there are some factors that must be considered first. From macadamias to avocados, the worthiness of different alternative crops is dependent on several factors. Jose Chaparro, an associate professor at University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in the …