UF Research: Mixing Turf Varieties Helps Lawns Last Longer

Jim Rogers Florida, Research, Turfgrass

University of Florida research has determined that lawns containing a mix of turf varieties maintained their aesthetic quality longer than lawns with just a single variety. They are better at managing disease and pests. This reduces the need for pesticides, which lowers the environmental impact and financial cost of maintaining turf, said Adam Dale, senior author of the study and …

Nanobubble Technology May Improve Soil Health, Sustainability in the Turfgrass Industry

Jim Rogers Georgia, Research, Turfgrass

By Maria M. Lameiras for CAES News New University of Georgia (UGA) research seeks to discover whether nanobubbles can hold beneficial properties for turfgrass. Led by soil microbiologist Mussie Habteselassie, the Georgia Department of Agriculture-sponsored study will evaluate the potential applications of nanobubble technology to control pathogens and improve plant growth, water use efficiency and soil biological health in turfgrass …

Turf Breeding: UGA, UF Collaborate to Develop Better, Tougher Turf

Clint Thompson Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Turfgrass

By Maria M. Lameiras, Kirsten Romaguera for CAES News When the University of Georgia (UGA) Bulldogs take the field against the University of Florida (UF) Gators for their annual football game on Saturday, the teams will be playing in neutral territory at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. But the grass they are playing on could be considered home turf …

Center Stage: Grass in Olympic Stadium developed by Breeders at UGA-Tifton

Clint Thompson Georgia, Top Posts, Turfgrass

University of Georgia (UGA) Tifton campus turfgrass breeders’ handiwork is on display during this year’s Summer Olympics. The Japan National Stadium’s field is currently sodded with TifSport bermudagrass, developed in south Georgia. It is one of many grass varieties created and tested at UGA-Tifton. TifSport is a dense, medium- to fine-textured grass bred to withstand the high traffic sports fields …

U.S. Horticulture Operations Report $13.8 Billion in Sales

Clint Thompson Florida, Georgia, Horticulture, Top Posts

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties report, the only source of detailed production and sales data for floriculture, nursery, and specialty crops for the entire United States. The data show that horticulture operations sold a total of $13.8 billion in floriculture, nursery and …

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Light Bulb Moments in the Improvement of Greenhouse Growing

Dan Cooper Georgia, Horticulture, Industry News Release, Research

By Aaron Hale (UGA/CAES) — The illuminated light bulb. It’s the symbol of a great idea come to life. Erico Mattos’ big idea doesn’t reinvent that iconic bulb exactly but reimagines how it can be used. Around the globe, greenhouses grow fruits and vegetables to provide a healthy food supply year-round. But as reliable as the sun is for providing light …

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Nursery and Greenhouse Industry Big Business in Alabama

Dan Cooper Alabama, Horticulture, Industry News Release

The poinsettia sitting on the hearth, the hydroponic lettuce in the refrigerator, the new shrubs waiting to be planted — all of these were probably grown right here in Alabama. Paul Brown, associate director for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said many Alabamians do not recognize just how significant the nursery and greenhouse industry is in the state. Economic Impact “Alabama’s …

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USDA Invests $11M In Research That Will Support Specialty Crop Farmers

Dan Cooper Avocado, Berries, Fruit, Grapes, Hemp, Hops, Horticulture, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Mangos, Mushrooms, Nuts, Olives, Onion, Organic, Peaches, Pecan, Pomegranates, potato, Produce, Stone Fruit, Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables, Watermelon

WASHINGTON (USDA-Oct. 3, 2019) — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins announced that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested $11 million in research that will support specialty crop farmers. “This collaborative public-private research effort will focus on applying innovative solutions to pest management problems that often are otherwise not available to specialty …