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Rabbit Problem to be Discussed at UF/IFAS Meeting

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Environment, Florida, Vegetables

Rabbit populations have spiked in the Florida Glades. A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) workshop on Friday, Feb. 18 will address the current problem and what management options are available for producers. Richard Raid, a professor in plant pathology at UF/IFAS , and Robert McCleery, an associate professor in the UF Wildlife Ecology and Conservation …

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Effects of Cold Weather on Herbicide Performance in Vegetable Production

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Research, Vegetables, Weather

By Ramdas Kanissery and Nathan Boyd Cold temperatures throughout Florida has vegetable growers concerned about the impact the weather is having on herbicide effectiveness. Low temperatures slow weed growth and affect the weed’s herbicide uptake, leading to ineffective weed control. Less of the herbicide reaches the target, providing a less successful weed control outcome. However, herbicide performance in response to …

Pepper Weevil Management: Be Proactive Instead of Reactive

Jim Rogers Peppers, Pests, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson It is better for growers to be proactive instead of reactive when managing pepper weevils in their vegetable crops. That is the approach Southeast growers should utilize this spring, says Stormy Sparks, University of Georgia Extension vegetable entomologist. “Pepper weevils, we are definitely overwintering them. We’ve documented that for the last three or four years now where …

Freeze Impact: Void in Supply Chain Likely a Result

Jim Rogers Peppers, Tomatoes, Vegetables, Weather

Clint Thompson Farming in South Florida usually provides the best frost protection. But not in 2022. The impact of last weekend’s sub-freezing temperatures on vegetables is likely to create a void in the supply chain, believes Wade Purvis, who farms in Immokalee, Florida and is part of the Farmers Alliance. The result could lead to an influx of imports from …

Bacterial Spot Disease Problematic in Florida Fields

Jim Rogers Disease, Florida, Peppers, Tomatoes

Bacterial spot disease continues to be prevalent in tomatoes and susceptible pepper varieties throughout Florida, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. This is especially true in Southwest Florida where foggy conditions have helped increase the disease. It is also widespread in Homestead, Florida and is increasing in severity. Bacterial spot has flared in some pepper varieties on …

Broad Mites Becoming Major Pest for Pepper, Eggplant Producers

Jim Rogers Georgia, Peppers, Pests

By Clint Thompson A microscopic pest is becoming a giant-size problem for pepper and eggplant growers in the Southeast. Stormy Sparks, University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension vegetable entomologist, confirmed that broad mites are impacting vegetable producers significantly more than a decade ago. “I would say they’re becoming much more of a consistent pest than they’ve been in the past. …

Increasing Infestations: Whiteflies Problematic Around Southwest Florida

Jim Rogers Florida, Peppers, Pests, Tomatoes

Whitefly infestations are increasing around southwest Florida, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. Higher numbers of adults and immatures are being observed in older tomato plants. Populations are also reported to be transient in isolated locations, depending on wind direction. Pressure is also high in squash and cucumbers. Whitefly pressure is anywhere from low to moderate in …

2022 SE Regional Conference Event Helps Producers Move Forward

Jim Rogers Fruit, General, Vegetables

The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference was just what the doctor ordered for growers yearning to reconnect with fellow farmers and look ahead to the upcoming season. “We are pleased with the continued attendance for this event,” said Drew Echols, Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) president. “After our virtual event in 2021, it was encouraging to see our …