Hops Field Day Scheduled for Sept. 28

Jim Rogers Specialty Crops

Florida’s specialty crop producers are reminded that the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) will be hosting a Fall 2022 Hops Field Day at the Gulf Coasta Research and Education Center in Wimauma, Florida on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Attendees will learn about the double-season hop production system and the potential of brewing hops in Florida. The …

Pongamia: An Alternative Crop With Great Potential In Florida

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By Amir Rezazadeh To overcome economic losses from citrus greening disease, Florida citrus growers are looking for alternative crops that could be planted in their current fallow lands. Besides maintaining the ag community’s wellbeing, alternative crops should require low water and nutrient inputs in order to promote environmental sustainability. One such alternative is Pongamia pinnata, also known as pongam, a …

Sorrel Shows Promise as a Florida Specialty Crop

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By Clint Thompson Sorrel is a potential new crop for Florida specialty crop producers. It is easy to grow and requires minimal inputs but can suffer in fields prone to flooding. While more research is needed to verify sorrel’s place among growers, it has yielded promising early returns in University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) research, …

Florida Bamboo Growers Form an Association

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By Frank Giles Bamboo is gaining momentum as a potential alternative crop in Florida. Recent developments, including improved variety selection and new infrastructure, are causing some growers to investigate the crop more closely. Responding to the interest, the Florida Bamboo Growers Association, Inc. was founded this spring. The association held its first board of directors’ election in June. Kevin Barley …

UF/IFAS Seeking the Next Breakthrough Crop

Jim Rogers Research, Specialty Crops

By J. Scott Angle, jangle@ufl.edu, @IFAS_VP Danny Johns is growing the same crop on the same land as his great grandfather did when he started farming in Hastings a century ago. PURPLE SWEET POTATOESBut Johns was immediately interested when University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension agent Wendy Mussoline invited him to look at purple sweet …

GFVGA Executive Vice President: Price Challenges are Still There

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By Clint Thompson Georgia’s specialty crop producers are in the process of planting this year’s fall crops. It comes on the heels of one of the most challenging spring/summer seasons they have ever experienced. The changing weather patterns of persistent rains to hot and dry conditions were a small part of this year’s challenge. The biggest hurdle remains diminished market …

Recent Rains Could Delay Fumigation Process

Jim Rogers Fumigation, Specialty Crops, Weather

By Clint Thompson Persistent rainfall across the Southeast in recent weeks could delay fumigation progress from specialty crop farmers preparing to plant their fall crops. Tim Coolong, associate professor in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, discusses how heavy rain events could keep producers from getting into their fields at a key point in the season. …

Building a More Heat Tolerant Plant Starts with Genes

Jim Rogers Research, Specialty Crops, Weather

Scientists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) are looking for ways to help specialty crops beat the heat. A new study has identified genes that may help plants cope with stress from high temperatures. It could set the stage for developing crops bred for enhanced heat tolerance, said Bala Rathinasabapathi, senior author of the …