FFVA Convention: Timely Issues at Forefront of Three-Day Event

Clint Thompson Florida, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson This week’s Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) convention was filled with timely topics and educational insight into how to help the vegetable and specialty crop growers remain sustainable. Maybe most importantly, though, it was three days of reunion with friends and colleagues within the industry, says Mike Joyner, FFVA President. “People are just so ready to …

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Fumigation a StopGap Measure for Fusarium Wilt, Nematodes in Tomatoes

Clint Thompson Disease, Florida, Tomatoes, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Fumigation remains a key component of a Florida tomato grower’s management program for nematodes and fusarium wilt disease. It is just not the silver bullet. Gary Vallad, professor of Plant Pathology at the UF/IFAS GCREC, stresses that fumigation programs that producers implement are just a stopgap measure until resistant varieties are developed. “This is something we’ve been …

Lingering Impact: Pecan Production in Two Alabama Counties Remains Low Following Hurricanes Sally and Zeta

Clint Thompson Alabama, Pecan, Top Posts, Weather

By Clint Thompson The impact from a pair of devastating hurricanes that wiped out pecan production in two Alabama counties last year is still being felt today. Bryan Wilkins, Alabama Extension Research Associate, discusses what percentage of this year’s pecan crop should be expected in Baldwin and Mobile counties. “Baldwin and Mobile counties are pretty slack. Sally hit a year …

Georgia Pecan Producer: Spray Like We’re Going to Have Terrible Scab Every Year

Clint Thompson Disease, Georgia, Pecan, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson It was better safe than sorry for one Georgia pecan producer. In a year filled with wet weather, scab disease has been a major problem for pecan farmers. But Eric Cohen was prepared and is expected to reap the fruits of his labor during harvest season. “I’ve been real fortunate. I’ve been on an intensive spray program,” …

Onion Growers Stay Vigilant Against Diseases

Clint Thompson Disease, Georgia, Onion, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The management strategies for onion diseases remain the same for Georgia’s Vidalia onion growers heading into next season. Growers need to stay vigilant in their spray programs against fungal and bacteria diseases, says Bhabesh Dutta, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable disease specialist. “Onion is a six-month crop, and Vidalia onions are also stored for a few …

Asian Citrus Psyllid Management Key for Georgia Producers

Clint Thompson Citrus, Georgia, Pests, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is not yet well established in Georgia. University of Georgia (UGA) assistant professor and small fruits pathologist Jonathan Oliver wants to keep that way. The psyllid vectors citrus greening disease (HLB), which has decimated Florida’s citrus production. Oliver encourages producers to scout their orchards regularly to avoid a similar fate happening in …

FFVA President: We Just Want Fair Trade

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Florida, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson The audience may change but the message remains the same for Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) President Mike Joyner. Imports are taking a toll on Florida’s vegetable and specialty crop producers. The future of his growers’ livelihoods is in jeopardy if immediate action is not taken. Joyner’s message was shared this week during the annual FFVA …

Teaching AI: UF/IFAS, FAMU Awarded $1.4 Million Grant

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts

A $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation includes funding for student fellowships. Faculty from the University of Florida and Florida A&M University (FAMU) will train a diverse workforce for potential careers in artificial intelligence (AI). The UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and FAMU will collaborate to recruit and retain traditionally underrepresented students in AI-related education and …