Shorter Georgia Peach Crop Harvest Expected

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

We told you last week that this year’s Georgia peach crop has been negatively affected by the lack of chill hours it received this winter. According to Jack Spruill, director of marketing with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, not only is the crop looking at an estimated 80 percent loss this year, time of normal harvest has also been affected. …

Rainfall Eliminates ‘Extreme’ Drought Conditions in Florida

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

Recent rainfall has improved drought conditions in Florida. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, between May 30 and June 6, several areas of the state have moved down in their drought categories. Throughout May, much of the state was in “moderate” or “severe” drought condition. In the beginning of May, an area north of Lake Okeechobee entered an “extreme” drought …

Troutman Joins Lineup of Florida Ag Commissioner Hopefuls

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Legislative

by Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service of Florida Former state Rep. Baxter Troutman entered the race for state agriculture commissioner on Monday, priming his Republican bid for a Cabinet seat with $2.5 million of his own money. “For two decades, I’ve been building a business and continuing my work in Florida agriculture,” Troutman, of Winter Haven, said in a statement. “Real …

Look Out California! UF Scientist Says Artichokes May Grow in Warm, Humid Florida

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Artichokes might grow in Florida’s subtropical climate after all — good news for those who crave the taste and antioxidants of the food crop. Shinsuke Agehara, a University of Florida assistant professor of horticultural sciences, presented his preliminary findings to the Florida State Horticultural Society June 5-6. In his talk, he said …

Weed Management Research for Cabbage to Help Florida Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

Nathan Boyd’s research on weed management in Florida cabbage is aimed at helping increase the crop’s yield and solve problems for growers. Boyd, a University of Florida associate professor of weed science, says it can be difficult to manage weeds because of the limited use of registered herbicides due to low use of plastic mulch. Using plasticulture to manage weeds …

More Hops Research in Florida

Jaci Schreckengost Hops, Top Posts

Research on hops production in Florida continues to grow, allowing new opportunities for agriculturists and breweries. Brian Pearson, University of Florida assistant professor of landscape, ornamental and protected crop management in the Department of Environmental Horticulture, says his team began researching hops in 2012. Work will potentially continue for another three to four years. “Many believed that hops production was …

Give Your Input on NAFTA Renegotiations

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Trade

As released on May 18, the Trump administration is moving forward with its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). According to the amended Trade Act of 1974, any time a newly proposed trade agreement comes about, all interested persons have an opportunity to present their views on it. Now is the time to submit comments regarding …

Georgia Peach Crop Negatively Affected

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

Some people have wondered how the freezing temperatures back in March may have affected the Georgia peach crop. But according to Jack Spruill, director of marketing with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the crop was affected but not by the freeze.