Whitefly Infestations Surge Across South Florida Region

Clint Thompson Florida, Pests, Top Posts

According to the most recent South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline, whitefly pressure continues to build across the region, with populations reaching high numbers. This is especially true in older cucurbit and fruiting vegetables at or close to harvest. Whiteflies feed on various hosts but the crop that’s proven to be most vulnerable is older tomato fields that should have …

FFVA Issues Statement Following USITC Hearing on Cucumbers, Squash

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Florida, Top Posts

The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) issued a statement following Thursday’s U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) hearing regarding the impact of imports on the Southeast domestic cucumber and squash crops. The statement read: “Today’s hearing was a positive development in our ongoing efforts to secure trade relief for Florida growers. For decades, unfair trade practices from Mexico and other …

Florida Farmer: We Need Relief and We Need it Now

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Florida, Top Posts

Florida farmer Marie Bedner said it best: “We need relief, and we need it now.” The Florida farmer testified on Thursday during the U.S. International Trade Commission hearing regarding the impact that imports of squash and cucumbers are having on the domestic industry. Dumping Produce Bedner cited Mexico’s low labor costs and government subsidies for how Mexico can sell its …

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Fresh Produce Association of Americas: Mexico Cannot Be Blamed

Clint Thompson Cucurbits, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

Not everyone believes there is a problem with Mexican imports and their impact on the domestic industry. In fact, Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Fresh Produce Association of Americas, believes “Mexico cannot be blamed” for many of the issues Southeast farmers are trying to overcome. “In reality, many of the problems facing the Southeast growers – labor, hurricanes, real estate …

South Florida Remains Abnormally Dry

Clint Thompson Drought, Florida, Top Posts

It continues to be hot and dry in South Florida. The abnormally dry conditions cover much of middle Florida down to South Florida, according to the US Drought Monitor. Portions of South Florida, including Monroe County, Collier County, Hendry County, Broward County, Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade County are classified as ‘D1’ or in a moderate drought. Pinellas County, Hillsborough …

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Passionate Plea: Florida Ag Commissioner Fried Testifies About Cucumbers, Squash

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried pleaded with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) that Mexican imports of cucumbers and squash are devastating the domestic market, especially her state’s farmers. In testimony delivered as part of the USITC hearing on the effects of imports on Southeast markets on Thursday, Fried pointed to the statistical impact of both commodities. From 2015 to …

Feral Swine Control: USDA Launches Program

Clint Thompson Alabama, Top Posts

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — One of the most destructive pests of crops in Alabama roam 365 days per year. Feral hogs will damage food plots and a myriad of other natural resources. Alabama Feral Swine Control Program The Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee recently launched a three-year program to help farmers remove wild pigs from their property. The Alabama …