Register for Upcoming Florida Brassica Production Workshop

Jim Rogers Leafy Vegetables, Research

Attention Florida specialty crop producers: Save the date and register for an upcoming virtual Florida brassica production workshop. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) will host the workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop will provide up-to-date information on Florida brassica production. Highlighted topics include weed management, nematode management, nutrient …

Crop Insurance Deadline Nears in Georgia for Cabbage Growers

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Leafy Vegetables, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Georgia cabbage growers that the final date to apply for crop insurance coverage for the 2023 crop year is July 1. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the July 1 sales closing date to do so. Federal crop insurance is critical to …

Florida First Detector Training

Jim Rogers Leafy Vegetables, Pests, Sugar

Registration is ongoing for a Florida First Detector training, scheduled for June 3 at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Everglades Research and Education Center. It will last from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free Florida First Detector training will highlight identification and management for pests of concern that could impact sugarcane, rice and leafy …

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UF/IFAS to Host Lettuce Advisory Committee Meeting

Jim Rogers Florida, Leafy Vegetables, Research

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) will host a lettuce advisory committee meeting in Belle Glade, Florida on Tuesday, March 22. The meeting will be designated to discussing lettuce and other leafy vegetable production issues. It will start at noon and conclude at 3 p.m. Click here to register.

Prioritizing Plant Breeding

Jim Rogers Berries, Leafy Vegetables, Research, Strawberry

By J. Scott Angle The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) team that has released more than 250 fruit, vegetable and other plant cultivars in the past decade is getting even stronger. Seven budding scientists from around the world arrived in Florida in August to work with Plant Breeders Working Group faculty in creating Florida crops. …

Downy Mildew in Lettuce: Growers Need to be on Preventative Program

Jim Rogers Disease, Florida, Leafy Vegetables

By Clint Thompson One of the most important diseases of lettuce was found last week in a Florida field in the Everglades Agricultural Area. Richard Raid, a professor in plant pathology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, discusses the disease’s impact and why he encourages growers to be on a preventative program. “Lettuce downy mildew …

Downy Mildew Discovered in Florida Lettuce

Jim Rogers Disease, Florida, Leafy Vegetables

Richard Raid, a professor in plant pathology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), advises lettuce growers that downy mildew disease was found last week in the Everglades Agricultural Area. Downy mildew is a foliar disease of lettuce that impacts the crop’s yield and quality. In addition to losses in the field, downy mildew’s impact …

Hydroponic Lettuce: Fall in Florida Provides Prime Growing Conditions

Clint Thompson Florida, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

FLORIDA — Growing lettuce in a PVC hydroponically can provide better tasting producer and a longer refrigerated shelf life. Lettuce, which is harvested on more than 342,000 acres across the country, represents a $2 billion industry, mostly situated in California, Arizona, and Florida, according to the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Census Data. In Florida, more than 10,000 acres of lettuce are harvested during cool and short …