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 …

Greenhouse Lettuce Production Has Risks, Rewards

Clint Thompson Alabama, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

Greenhouse lettuce production has its risks and rewards in Alabama. Jeremy Pickens, Alabama Assistant Extension Professor in Horticulture at Auburn University, cautions producers to do their homework before diving headfirst into this potentially rewarding venture. “It’s a considerable amount of expense compared to field production. You just really need to know what you’re doing before you commit to it,” Pickens …

Freeze Protection for Fruits and Vegetables

Ashley Robinson Fruit, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts, Vegetables, VSCNews magazine, Weather

By Pam Knox and Tim Coolong Untimely freezes can cause tremendous problems for fruit and vegetable crops. Fall freezes quickly put an end to the growing season for most fruits and vegetables. If freezes come earlier than expected or before the crops are ready for harvest, they can provide a devastating blow to yields and reduce the value of the …

Shallow Subsurface Drip Irrigation for Organic Growers

Ashley Robinson Irrigation, Leafy Vegetables, Organic, Top Posts, Vegetables, VSCNews magazine

By Tim Coolong Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) has been around for many years in a variety of different iterations. Most typically, SDI refers to a permanent drip system installed fairly deep (18 inches) and is used for irrigating agronomic crops such as corn or cotton. In many cases, vegetable crops are too shallowly rooted for a traditional SDI system, but …

Howler Fungicide Provides Vegetable Growers with Multiple Modes of Action

Clint Thompson Alabama, Berries, Cucurbits, Florida, Georgia, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

Howler fungicide from AgBiome Innovations is a product that harnesses the power of the plant microbiome to create a fungicide with multiple modes of action. It provides preventive, long-lasting activity on a broad spectrum of soilborne and foliar diseases and does the job for a number of specialty crops. For Florida and South Georgia growers specifically, it’s great for strawberries, …

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Florida Farmer Looking Forward to Next Season With Optimism

Clint Thompson Florida, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson A devastating hit to the South Florida’s produce industry by COVID-19 has not deterred Toby Basore from looking forward to next season with optimism. “I don’t care where you’re at, if you went into your grocery stores during this, there wasn’t any toilet paper on the shelves. There wasn’t any Lysol or hand wipes. The cheaper meats …