Sneak Peek: August ’21 VSCNews Magazine

Clint Thompson Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Clint Thompson The August issue of VSCNews Magazine provides an in-depth preview of the upcoming Citrus, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Expo, scheduled for Aug. 18-19 in North Fort Myers, Florida. The magazine provides a schedule of events for the citrus and vegetable and specialty crop sessions. It also provides an exhibitor directory and map so attendees will know which …

Management of Alternaria Blight and Head Rot in Brassica

Ashley Robinson Disease, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Bhabesh Dutta and Aparna Petkar Alternaria blight and head rot (ABHR) of broccoli and other brassicas is caused by several species in the genus Alternaria, including A. brassicicola, A. brassicae and A. raphanin. All these species can cause significant economic losses. These fungi are facultative pathogens that primarily survive in crop debris, although chlamydospores and microsclerotia are known to …

Sneak Peek: July 2021 VSCNews Magazine

Clint Thompson Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Ashley Robinson The 2021 Florida, Georgia and Alabama legislative sessions have officially wrapped up, and the July issue of VSCNews magazine will tell readers how agriculture fared in each state. Adam Basford, director of state legislative affairs for Florida Farm Bureau, discusses the successes and ongoing work in Tallahassee this session. He highlighted the state’s updated Florida’s Right to …

Managing Whitefly-Transmitted Viruses in Georgia

Ashley Robinson Cucurbits, Tomatoes, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Bhabesh Dutta and Rajagopalbabu Srinivasan The silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), also known as sweetpotato whitefly, is a pest of several horticultural and agronomic crops in southern Georgia. While direct feeding can injure plants and lead to problems such as silvering of leaves, deposition of honeydew and formation of sooty mold, whiteflies also can transmit numerous devastating plant viruses. Transmission …

Update on Florida Industrial Hemp Diseases

Ashley Robinson Hemp, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Nicholas Dufault and Zach Eldred Industrial hemp diseases have continued to be identified in Florida’s production fields and greenhouses across the state. As researchers learn more about how to grow this crop, they are identifying the diseases that will affect the state’s industrial hemp production systems. There is a list of more than 40 currently know hemp diseases; 16 …

Combine Natural Enemies With Pest Exclusion Systems

Ashley Robinson Organic, VSCNews magazine

By Ayanava Majumdar, Chip East and Eric Schavey Organic farming in the South is challenged with year-round pest pressure from established or invasive insects. A flash drought can rapidly increase pest numbers and devastate crops. Two ways to reduce insect pests on vegetable crops, pest exclusion systems and conservation of natural enemies, have been discussed in recent VCSNews articles. This …

Tips to Control Nematodes in Carrot Production

Ashley Robinson Pests, VSCNews magazine

By Abolfazl Hajihassani Plant-parasitic nematodes are known as hidden enemies and restrain carrot production in the United States. In Georgia, carrots are among the most seriously affected vegetables due to heavy infestation of root-knot nematodes. These pests cause especially severe problems in sandy-textured soils in all carrot-growing areas. Three major species — Meloidogyne incognita, M. arenaria and M. javanica — …

Cutleaf Evening Primrose Management in Vegetable Production

Ashley Robinson Top Posts, Vegetables, VSCNews magazine

By Ruby Tiwari and Ramdas Kanissery Cutleaf evening primrose (Oenothera laciniata) is an annual weed (or sometimes a biennial) commonly found throughout vegetable farms in Florida. This weed got its name due to the timing of its flower opening. It tends to close its flowers during the day but opens them during evening or nighttime. Cutleaf evening primrose is a …