By Ashley Robinson
The February issue of VSCNews Magazine explores a variety of topics, including America’s changing farming landscape, onion disease management tips, nematode management strategies and tools for tomato production.
Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts a census. The 2017 Census of Agriculture captured in numbers what we see happening all around us: farming is changing. Sarah Bostick, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) sustainable agriculture Extension agent in Sarasota, Florida, shares how the industry is working to cultivate the next generation of farmers.
Southeastern Georgia’s climate is conducive to many Vidalia onion diseases. Bhabesh Dutta, an associate professor and Extension vegetable disease specialist at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Tifton talks about disease seasonality and management strategies.
Johan Desaeger, an assistant professor for UF/IFAS, is featured in the Organic Corner. According to Desaeger, cover crops are one of the more practical options for nematode management. He discusses various cover crops and their benefits.
Additonally, Abolfazl Hajihassani, an assistant professor and Extension specialist at UGA, provides readers with tools to solve tomato pathogen issues.
Finally, readers will get an inside look at the recent virtual Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference from AgNet Media’s senior multimedia journalist Clint Thompson. The 25th annual event provided a unique educational experience, as the event was moved to an online format amid COVID-19 concerns. Thompson shares some brief summaries from a few of the educational sessions offered during this year’s event.
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