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Florida’s New AEWR Projected to be $14.33

Jim Rogers Labor

Florida’s new Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) for 2023 is estimated to be $14.33, pending an official notice in the Federal Register by the Department of Labor (DOL). It would be an increase of nearly $2 from the $12.41 rate from the previous year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the results of its most recent Farm Labor Survey last …

Georgia Strawberry Production: What Producers Should Plan For

Jim Rogers Strawberry

By Clint Thompson Georgia’s strawberry crop emerged unscathed last week amid low temperatures, according to Jeff Cook, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Peach and Taylor counties. “Everything looks fine. Nothing really got burnt. It doesn’t even look like anything happened,” Cook said. He discussed what growers should be mindful of right now at this …

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Alabama Pecans High on Quality, Low on Price

Jim Rogers Pecan

By Clint Thompson Like pecans in other parts of the Southeast, Alabama’s crop is high on quality and quantity this season. Their market value remains low, however. That’s not what growers were hoping for with their first full crop following Hurricane Sally. Bryan Wilkins, Alabama Extension research associate, discussed the crop’s progress this year. “It was a little slow getting …

Strawberry Research Essential to N.C. Production

Jim Rogers North Carolina

By Clint Thompson The future of strawberry production in North Carolina lies in Gina Fernandez’s research lab at North Carolina (N.C.) State University. The strawberry breeder is responsible for developing the newest strawberry variety adaptable to the state’s environment. “California has beautiful climate, nice day length and temperatures, cool temperatures that strawberries like to grow in. Florida has a breeding …

Whitefly Populations Increasing Across South Florida

Jim Rogers Pests

Florida’s vegetable producers should be wary that whitefly infestation numbers are increasing across the southern part of the state, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. Reports indicate that whiteflies in southwest Florida re moderate and increasing on tomato, pepper, eggplant, squash, cucumber and watermelon. High numbers are reported to have been moving into young fields from mature …

Clemson Extension Agents Provide Updates on Crops

Jim Rogers South Carolina

Clemson Extension agents provide updates in The South Carolina Grower this week about the status of various crops being produced throughout the state. Coastal Region Rob Last reports, “A little welcome rainfall over the weekend along with some warmth and sunshine has improved the growth of strawberries. I believe it will be worthwhile for growers to utilize row covers for …

Drought Continues Across Southeast

Clint Thompson Drought

By Clint Thompson Drought-like conditions have worsened in certain areas of the Southeast, especially in north Georgia, south Alabama and northwest Florida, according to last Thursday’s release of the U.S. Drought Monitor. All of Alabama is either abnormally dry, moderately dry or severely dry, except for a small area of counties located along the Alabama-Georgia state line; specifically, Lee, Russell …

Thinking Outside the Box: Citrus Growers Need to Diversify to Remain Sustainable

Clint Thompson Citrus

If cold-hardy citrus growers diversified their crops and not put all of their eggs in the satsuma basket, it would provide them a better chance at long-term sustainability. It would allow producers an opportunity to combat the negative national stigma concerning citrus juices, says Jude Grosser, a professor of plant cell genetics at the University of Florida Institute of Food …