Stanley Culpepper: A leading voice for growers

Ashley Robinson Georgia, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Clint Thompson When University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension weed agronomist Stanley Culpepper speaks, Tift County grower Bill Brim listens. After more than two decades of Culpepper providing expertise regarding more than 20 different vegetable crops, there’s no reason for Brim not to pay attention. “He’s a great young man. He’s a hard worker and tries to get things …

White Strawberry One of Two New UF/IFAS Varieties Ready for Harvest Season

Clint Thompson Florida, Strawberry, Top Posts

December 1, 2020 By: Brad Buck, 813-757-2224, bradbuck@ufl.edu, 352-875-2641 (cell) BALM, Fla. — A white strawberry? Not red? Yes, you “read” that right. And it smells a little like a pineapple. It’s also novel in that it’s the first white strawberry to go to market in the United States. Just in time for the west-central Florida strawberry harvesting season, which …

Myths Debunked: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2)

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Top Posts

Posted by J. Latrice Hill, National Director of Outreach, USDA Farm Service Agency in Farming USDA is now accepting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) for farmers and ranchers whose operations have been impacted by the current pandemic. Signup closes on Dec. 11. Have you submitted your application? Let’s debunk some common myths that may be …

South Carolina Growers Reminded About CFAP 2 Deadline

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, South Carolina, Top Posts

According to the South Carolina Grower, eligible growers are reminded to sign up for the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2. The deadline is Dec. 11. More than 230 fruit, vegetable, horticulture, and tree nut commodities are eligible for CFAP 2 along with honey, maple sap, floriculture and nursery crops. Check to see if the crops you grow are eligible …

Neopestalotiopsis Disease Confirmed on Georgia Strawberry Plants

Clint Thompson Florida, Georgia, Strawberry, Top Posts

Georgia strawberry producers need to be wary of Neopestalotiopsis; a disease that has already devastated Florida production and could have wide-ranging impact on Georgia’s crop if farmers are not proactive. Phil Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Fruit Disease Specialist, cautions farmers that while the disease has been found in just one Georgia location and only as leaf spotting, there …

Alabama Pecan Producer Following Hurricane Sally: That’s Just Life

Clint Thompson Alabama, Pecan, Top Posts

Hurricane Sally’s impact on Alabama pecan producers is still being felt more than two months later. Unfortunately, it will last much longer as growers like Gary Underwood ponder the future of the industry in the state. Underwood, who is based between Mobile, Ala. and Pensacola, Fla., was hammered by the Category 2 storm on Sept. 16. He lost a substantial …

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New H-2A Wage Rule a Win for Farmers

Clint Thompson Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

Vegetable and specialty crop producers who utilize the H-2A program will not have to stress over wage increases for the 2021 and 2022 growing seasons. This is incredibly helpful for farmers in Georgia and Florida – avid users of the program – who will navigate a growing season amid rising expense costs, another potential COVID-19 shutdown and trade that is …

Uncertainties for 2021 Growing Season

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

While 2020 is nearly in the books, farmers are looking ahead to 2021 with the same outlook of uncertainty they had this year following the coronavirus outbreak in March. There’s uncertainty regarding COVID-19 and a risk of not knowing if there will be another nationwide shutdown that could lead to more market disruptions like the ones that impacted Florida farmer …