Highlights from Florida Ag Expo

Breanna Kendrick Hops, Research, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Close to 600 people gathered in Balm at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center for the 2018 Florida Ag Expo. The theme of the event this year was precision agriculture and mechanization. “We had great attendance and participation in our panel discussions and workshops,” said Jack Rechcigl, center director of the University of Florida Institute of …

Fumigation for Fusarium Wilt in Watermelon

Breanna Kendrick Research, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Breanna Kendrick Fusarium wilt is not a new problem, but it’s a more prevalent problem now than it previously was. Once fusarium becomes established in the soil, it’s very long lived. Fusarium wilt has been a main area of research for the past 10 years for the National Watermelon Association. Josh Freeman, associate professor of horticultural sciences at the …

SmartIrrigation Technology Improves Tomato Production

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

By Ibukun T. Ayankojo and Kelly T. Morgan Fresh tomato production in the United States is dominated by the states of California and Florida. Florida harvests about 28,000 acres of tomatoes with a production value of $382 million. This accounts for approximately 40 percent of the total production value in the United States. IRRIGATION ACCURACY IS CRITICAL Vegetable production requires …

Watch Out for Sweet Potato Weevil

Breanna Kendrick Pests, Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick What’s small, black, has six legs and causes a lot of damage to sweet potato crops? The sweet potato weevil. Once this pest is present and fields become highly infested, it’s very difficult to control. The weevil causes unsightly effects to the outside and inside of the sweet potato, making it hard to move the product through …

What Exactly Causes Toxic Algae?

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

By Lisa Krimsky Florida has an algae problem, and we’re not alone. The population on this planet is growing, as is the need to feed and house 7.6 billion people. Algae blooms are naturally occurring. However, a warming climate, human activities and nutrient inputs from stormwater, agricultural and urban land use, and sewer and septic systems have significantly increased the …

Hurricane-Ravaged Florida Farmers Wonder Who’s Listening

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

By Gary Cooper While much of mainstream news seems to be stuck on mid-term campaign coverage, thousands of rural farm families severely impacted by Hurricane Michael are starting to wonder if their words are even being heard. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam hosted an agricultural listening session late Tuesday afternoon in Blountstown that attracted several hundred family farmers to share …

FBGA Annual Meeting Brings Blueberry Industry Together

Abbey Taylor Berries, innovation, Research, Top Posts

The Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) held its annual meeting and trade show on Oct. 30 in Ocala. Brittany Lee, FBGA president, says the annual meeting is a great opportunity for the blueberry industry to come together. The meeting featured an educational seminar series focusing on several different topics. University of Florida researchers Oscar Liburd and Phil Harmon kicked off …