What Do You Know About Florida Peaches?

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Top Posts

The University of Florida’s (UF) Center for Public Issues and Education (PIE Center) is seeking to increase the marketability of Florida peaches. It hopes to do that through a marketing plan based on research to identify barriers among growers, shippers and consumers. In recent years the acreage of peaches in Florida has grown, but the popularity of Georgia and South …

Learn More About Florida’s Water Resources With New UF/IFAS Website

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Water

GAINESVILLE, Fla, Jan. 3, 2017 — Are you concerned about how your water tastes? Do you want to know how much you use, or whether we’ll have enough water for the next generation? A new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences website links users with UF/IFAS programs on how to preserve and, perhaps improve the quantity and quality …

The Benefits of Growing Spinach in High Tunnels

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

Florida growers utilizing protected culture, including high tunnels and open shade structures, have the ability to extend the in-ground season for spinach planting and harvesting times. According to an “Evaluation of Five Spinach Cultivars in Soilless Culture Under High Tunnel versus Open Shade Structures,” a research study funded from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specialty Crop Block …

Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention Coming Soon

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention will be held on January 31–February 2, 2017. The three-day convention, which is one of the largest grower meetings in the Northeast, is packed with concurrent educational sessions. The event will also include an industry tradeshow as well as exciting workshops the day before the main convention starts. Approximately 2,200 attendees are expected to gather at …

New Year’s Resolution: Learn About Hydroponics and Protected Agriculture

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

With the new year here, the Small Farms Academy has already planned several great events for its “Hydroponic and Protected Ag” series. The series is led by the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center (SVAEC) in affiliation with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension program. The mission of the Small Farms Academy is to provide exceptional, hands-on …

Asian Greens Gaining Ground

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Vegetables

Asian greens seem to be gaining more and more popularity in the market. Traditionally being sold in full-size bunches to use in stir-fries and soups in the East, now they are being prepared in all sorts of salads in the United States because of their unique coloring and textures. There are a variety of colors, flavors and textures of Asian …

New Weather Tool in the Works

Kelsey Fry Technology, Top Posts

Rick Lusher, project manager for the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN), discusses a new weather tool that is currently being tested to aid growers. “We’re testing a chill accumulation tool that takes into account heating and cooling,” says Lusher. According to Lusher, the tool is currently in the very early stages of testing and development. Researchers are working on calculations …

UF/IFAS’s Folta named Pro Farmer Ag Person of the Year

Josh McGill Top Posts, Uncategorized

“Dr. Folta has been a leader in the fight against the anti-GMO movement for years,” said Chip Flory, Pro Farmer editor. “He was a natural choice for his leadership and many years of education on biotechnology, and for being committed to sharing that knowledge with the general public.” Folta publishes a website and podcast titled “Talking Biotech” (www.talkingbiotechpodcast.com). Its purpose …