Mating Disruptions for Grape Root Borer

Jim Rogers Grapes, Pests

By Clint Thompson Now is the time in the production season that grape root borer adults begin emerging. Growers need to implement mating disruption now as a management tactic, says Brett Blaauw, assistant professor at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in the UGA Extension Viticulture Blog. Grape root borers tunnel into larger roots and …

UF/IFAS Scientists Finding Grapes to Grow in Florida

Jim Rogers Florida, Grapes, Research

Florida farmers and other businesspeople are bubbling with enthusiasm to make wine. There are about 40 wineries around Florida. As of 2017, growers in the Sunshine State were producing more than 1,500 acres of muscadine grapes. That’s a 74% increase in 10 years, and producers will be harvesting in July and August. To meet the increasing market for Florida-grown grapes, …

Heat, Dry Conditions Worsening Across Southeast

Jim Rogers Drought, Weather

The heat and dry conditions intensified last week across the Southeast, especially in Georgia where most of the state is either abnormally dry, moderately dry or severely dry. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, all of North Georgia is at least abnormally dry. A pair of regions in the northeastern part of the state are moderately dry. The worst conditions …

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UF/IFAS to Host Summer Blueberry Meeting

Jim Rogers Berries, Research

Florida blueberry growers should save the date for an upcoming blueberry meeting on Wednesday, July 6, hosted by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). The program will last three hours, including an hour for lunch. It will be held at the Lake County Extension Office at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares, Florida. The summer blueberry grower meeting …

Extreme Heat Sweltering Watermelon Crop

Jim Rogers Watermelon, Weather

By Clint Thompson Extreme heat the past couple of weeks should lead to an early end for watermelon harvests across the Southeast. Especially with temperatures this week eclipsing 100 degrees Fahrenheit, watermelons ripen quicker, leading to fields being done earlier than expected. “Everything is based on growing degree days. We accumulate a lot more growing degree days when it’s 100 …

Sweet Onion Growth Responses Under Organic Fertilizers

Jim Rogers Onion

By Juan Carlos Díaz-Pérez Vidalia onions are sweet, short-day, low-pungency, yellow Granex-type bulbs popular in the United States because of their mild flavor. These onions are exclusively grown in southeastern Georgia, in a region with mild winters and low-sulfur soils. There is increasing interest in utilizing organic fertilizers because of the growing demand for organic vegetables, including organic sweet onions. …

N.C. State Fiber Hemp Field Day

Jim Rogers Hemp, North Carolina, Specialty Crops

North Carolina State Extension will host a Fiber Hemp Field Day on July 19 at the Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury, North Carolina. Highlighted topics will include information about a planting date and variety trial, a cover crop no-till weed management trial and new variety research. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. All individuals must register …

Heat Impact on Georgia Watermelons

Jim Rogers Georgia, Watermelon, Weather

By Clint Thompson High temperatures in Georgia the past couple of weeks should have a positive and negative impact on the state’s melon crops. Tim Coolong, associate professor in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, discussed what growers experience when temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (F). “I think the quality of the fruit is going to …