UF/IFAS Extension to Host Vegetable Growers Meeting

Jim Rogers Leafy Vegetables, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

South Florida vegetable growers should mark their calendars for Monday, July 11, as the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension will host a virtual meeting on fumigants and systemics. The vegetable growers meeting will be held from noon to 2 p.m. and includes presentations from various UF/IFAS specialists. Josh Freeman will discuss a systems approach …

UF/IFAS Begins Research to Update Best Management Practices Nutrient Recommendations

Jim Rogers Citrus, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) received $8.8 million to conduct new research that will provide farmers with new and improved nutrient recommendations for fertilization of key Florida crops. The funding, approved by the Florida Legislature, will be administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Farmers apply fertilizers to their crops …

UF/IFAS Scientists Finding Grapes to Grow in Florida

Jim Rogers Florida, Grapes, Research

Florida farmers and other businesspeople are bubbling with enthusiasm to make wine. There are about 40 wineries around Florida. As of 2017, growers in the Sunshine State were producing more than 1,500 acres of muscadine grapes. That’s a 74% increase in 10 years, and producers will be harvesting in July and August. To meet the increasing market for Florida-grown grapes, …

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UF/IFAS to Host Summer Blueberry Meeting

Jim Rogers Berries, Research

Florida blueberry growers should save the date for an upcoming blueberry meeting on Wednesday, July 6, hosted by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). The program will last three hours, including an hour for lunch. It will be held at the Lake County Extension Office at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares, Florida. The summer blueberry grower meeting …

New UF/IFAS Blueberry Cultivar: Albus

Jim Rogers Berries, Research

By Clint Thompson University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) blueberry breeder Patricio Munoz is ready to release UF/IFAS’ newest cultivar this fall, Albus. Munoz described what growers can expect from Albus. “This is a high yielding, good flavored cultivar that’s going to be targeting the central part of the state where we have a lot of …

New Funds Enhance UF/IFAS Work in Nutrient Application Rate Research, AI

Jim Rogers Research, Technology

With the final approval from the governor’s pen, the newest Florida state budget is set to take effect July 1. It is a date that also marks the beginning or continuation of several University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) projects. In addition to a $3.6 million increase to the UF/IFAS base operating budget, notable funded projects …

UF/IFAS Study Looks to Oxygen as Solution for Flooded Fields

Jim Rogers Research, Weather

Flooded fields can be problematic for Florida specialty crop farmers. Various locations across the Sunshine State average 40-60 inches of rainfall per year. Florida still ranks No. 1 in the nation in production of several crops. This includes snap beans, the subject of a new study from University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers that evaluated …

UF/IFAS Strawberry Specialist: Lack of Neopestalotiopsis a Blessing for Producers

Jim Rogers Disease, Research, Strawberry

By Clint Thompson A drier year meant a good production season for Florida strawberries regarding a lack of diseases. A state known for its high-quality strawberry crop was ravaged in prior seasons because of neopestalotiopsis fruit rot disease. But rainy seasons exacerbated the problem. This year’s dry weather led to minimal disease impact, said Vance Whitaker, University of Florida Institute …