Costly Increase: Input Expenses for Watermelons Will Impact Consumer Price

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Clint Thompson South Florida watermelon producers are two months away from planting this year’s crop. Farmers are bracing themselves for the high input prices that are rampant throughout the agricultural industry. Mark Bryan, president of the Florida Watermelon Association, said the impact of the increased input costs will be felt at the grocery stores next spring and summer. “We …

Blueberry Cultivar Research: It Takes Time

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Pest and disease management of blueberries is a reality all Florida producers have to cope with every year. A potential solution is cultivar resistance. But that will take time, however, says University of Florida blueberry breeder Patricio Munoz. “Pests and diseases are big problems for the state, but we are a state that’s very prone to these …

Alabama Hemp Applications for 2022 Offered for Interested Growers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Hemp, Top Posts

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — Alabama specialty crop producers interested in growing hemp in 2022 can now apply during the enrollment period. Hemp applications are available through Nov. 29 for those wishing to become a grower or a processor/handler for the 2022 growing season. Applications will be accepted online through the Kelly Registration System (KRS). The application is available through the …

Trichomes: Tiny Plant Organs with Superpower

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts

By Ulschan Bathe Have you ever rubbed a peppermint leaf between your fingers and wondered where the toothpaste smell comes from? It does not come from the inside of the leaf. It comes from the outside. The smell is released from tiny hairlike organs on the leaf surface that are called trichomes. (The name trichome comes from the Greek word …


Elsa Aftermath: FDACS Responds to Secretarial Disaster Designation

Clint Thompson Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Weather

Tallahassee, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has informed Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) that it has granted a Secretarial disaster designation in several counties in Georgia and Florida due to losses caused by Tropical Storm Elsa, excessive wind, and excessive rainfall that occurred on July 7, 2021. …

UF Hops Produces Tasty Craft Beer

Clint Thompson Florida, Hops, Top Posts

BALM, Fla. — A somewhat bitter beer produced from hops grown at the University of Florida (UF) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center is just what UF scientists want. UF scientists showed the latest research results from their hops studies on Tuesday. Craft beer lovers want details about taste and aroma. UF/IFAS researchers see an increase in alpha acid in …


NASS Conducting First Hemp Acreage and Production Survey

Clint Thompson Hemp, Top Posts

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) sent out its first Hemp Acreage and Production Survey this week. Going to nearly 2,000 producers across Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, this survey is designed to collect information on the total planted and harvested area, yield, production, and value of hemp in the U.S. “The Hemp Acreage and Production Survey will provide …


Joint Statement from U.S., Mexican Agriculture Secretaries

Clint Thompson Top Posts, Trade

AMES, IOWA – Mexican Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Victor Villalobos and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued the following statement at the conclusion of their bilateral meeting in Ames, Iowa on Wednesday. “We reaffirm the importance of our two nations’ exceptional agricultural trading relationship and its role in supporting rural prosperity, creating good jobs and providing …