Market Improvement: Pecan Prices Should Increase Amid Improved Demand

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Pecan, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Good news may be on the horizon for pecan producers in Georgia and Alabama. Market prices may be improving in the near future. According to Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist, various factors are pointing to an increase in prices for farmers. “It’s looking like all the nuts we held in cold storage, that …

Gummy Stem Blight: How to Prepare for Disease in Fall Cucurbit Crops

Clint Thompson Cucurbits, Disease, South Carolina, Top Posts

Source: The South Carolina Grower From Clemson Plant Pathologist Tony Keinath. Gummy stem blight is more common and more severe on fall cucurbit crops than crops grown in the spring. The cooler weather and longer dew periods in the fall provide an ideal environment for the fungal pathogen to grow and spread. Gummy stem blight is most common on watermelon …

UF Scientist: Understanding the Past is Really a Window to the Future

Clint Thompson Citrus, Florida, Top Posts

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — University of Florida scientists aiming to find a solution to citrus greening disease are looking to the past to hopefully find the answer. In a new study, published in Nature Communications, UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences collaborated with an international team of scientists and analyzed 69 genomes from the East Asian mandarin family, alongside their …

What’s Happening? Fruit, Vegetable Crop Updates in South Carolina

Clint Thompson South Carolina, Top Posts

Clemson Extension agents provide updates in the The South Carolina Grower this week about the status of various crops being produced throughout the state. Statewide The SC Specialty Crop Association is offering a new grant opportunity, the Enhancing Crop Packaging Cost Share Program. With this new cost share program, growers can receive reimbursement up to $1,800 per grower for packaging …

AFBF President Duvall Hosts Mexico Leaders for Wide-Ranging Discussion

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Top Posts, USMCA

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall met with Tatiana Clouthier, Mexico’s Secretary of the Economy, and Esteban Moctezuma Barragón, Mexico’s Ambassador to the U.S., last week to discuss various trade matters, the use of technology to advance agriculture and the border crisis. Mexico is the third largest destination for U.S. agricultural exports. “It was a pleasure to host …

Monitoring Update: Insect Pressure Remains High Across Alabama

Clint Thompson Alabama, Pests, Top Posts

Insect pressure remains high across Alabama. According to the Alabama Insect Pest Monitoring Update, released Friday, July 23, fall armyworms, southern armyworms, corn earworms and squash vine borers are all reporting higher numbers than compared to this time last year. Alabama Extension recorded the moth numbers in 19 locations across Alabama. There were 585 fall armyworms, compared to 114 in …

Sticker Ban: French Legislation Threatens Millions of Dollars to Produce Exports

Clint Thompson Citrus, Exports/Imports, Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service, a new French ban on the sales of fruit and vegetables with identifying stickers could threaten future exports of U.S. sweet potatoes and grapefruits. The ban is slated to be implemented on Jan. 1, 2022. The report states that most U.S. grapefruits and some sweet potatoes shipped overseas have stickers …