Melon Producers Plan Early to Protect Against Gummy Stem Blight

Clint Thompson Watermelon

It is never too early for watermelon producers in the Southeast to start thinking about management options for gummy stem blight disease. As Clemson Extension vegetable pathologist Tony Keinath puts it, “Early is on time.” He reminded growers in The South Carolina Grower that they should allow time to purchase the right fungicides in case of potential shortages. What Worked? …

Alabama Extension to Host Nutrient Management Meeting

Clint Thompson Fertilizer, Specialty Crops

Alabama Extension will host a nutrient management meeting, focusing on farmers’ concerns about the rising fertilizer prices. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Autauga County Extension Office in Autaugaville, Alabama. Rishi Prasad, Alabama Extension specialist and assistant professor in Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences at Auburn University, said the …

It Costs How Much? Thanksgiving Dinner Expenses Up 20%

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Thanksgiving remains an important time for many Americans. The cost of the meal this year is also top of mind. American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 37th annual survey provides a snapshot of the average cost of this season’s classic Thanksgiving feast for 10, which is $64.05 or less than $6.50 per person. This is a $10.74 or 20% increase from …

N.C. Producers Should Be Wary of Self-Diagnosing Strawberry Diseases

Clint Thompson North Carolina

By Clint Thompson Disease diagnosis is better left to the experts. North Carolina strawberry producers who are concerned their crop is infected with crown rots should be wary about diagnosing the disease themselves. Different diseases require specific chemical treatments, says Bill Cline, North Carolina (N.C.) State Extension specialist in small fruits production. Concerned growers should submit their samples to the …

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Impact of Late Strawberry Plantings Across Northern Alabama

Clint Thompson Alabama

By Clint Thompson The lack of moisture in North Alabama led to delayed strawberry plantings for some growers. Eric Schavey, regional Extension agent in Northeast Alabama, expected this would be the outcome in October. He discussed what this means for those producers impacted. “We got strawberries in, finally. We’re a couple of weeks behind what we needed to. Some people …

FDACS Issues Fertilizer Application Exemption

Clint Thompson Florida

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) issued an emergency rule on Monday allowing enrolled producers to apply a replacement fertilizer to reestablish crops impacted by Hurricane Ian without fear of being out of compliance with their respective Best Management Practices (BMP) manuals. FDACS recommends producers conduct soil testing to confirm the need for replacement fertilizer prior to …

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Florida Blueberry Growers ‘Back on Their Feet’ Following Two Fall Hurricanes

Clint Thompson Blueberries

By Clint Thompson Florida’s blueberry crop is in good shape heading into the upcoming production season, all things considering. “I would say in general, folks are back on their feet,” says Doug Phillips, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) blueberry Extension coordinator. Phillips’ optimistic outlook comes on the heels of two named storms; Hurricane Ian in …

‘Plenty’ of Christmas Trees in Stock

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By Clint Thompson It is that time of year again when  families across the Southeast will venture out to Christmas tree farms to find that nice addition to the Christmas season this year. Jeremy Pickens, Alabama Assistant Extension professor in horticulture at Auburn University, says there are plenty of trees to choose from this holiday season. “I think that supply …