Web Tool Saves Money For Strawberry Growers in Several States

Kelsey Fry Berries, Research

    A UF/IFAS-developed web tool – which has been shown to save Florida strawberry growers $1.7 million a year – is now being used in several other states, including Maryland, Georgia, South Carolina and California. Florida’s strawberry crop is worth $300 million a year. It’s also important to the national economy. For example, in 2014, the United States produced …

Artichokes Grown in Florida? A UF/IFAS Scientist Thinks So

Kelsey Fry Vegetables

While California grows 99 percent of the nation’s artichokes, the edible plant high in antioxidants might get a chance to grow in the Sunshine State, if a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher gets good results from his field trials. Artichokes flourish in a cool environment, so a warm winter might present an obstacle for Florida …

UF/IFAS Researcher: Taller, Thinner Crop Beds Save Money, Water, Other Resources

Kelsey Fry Tomatoes, Vegetables

    Looking out over thousands of acres of tomatoes, Miguel Talavera, director of East Coast growing operations at Pacific Tomato Grower, Ltd., marvels at the narrow lanes of fruit that are thriving in the hot Florida sun. Talavera credits increase in yield and a decrease in the use of fumigants to a collaboration with researchers and Extension faculty at …

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Fruit Fly Outbreak, Cost at Least $4M in Crop Damage

Kelsey Fry Research

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences economists estimate the Oriental fruit fly outbreak last year caused at least $4.1 million in direct crop damages in Miami-Dade County, but the damage could have been far worse, UF/IFAS researchers say. In the new report, UF/IFAS researchers and the chief economist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, …

Pleased with Senate GMO Labeling Agreement

Kelsey Fry Legislative

It’s been announced that an agreement has been reached on legislation from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) that would set a national standard for the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs. Tyron Spearman has more.   From the American Soybean Association: WASHINGTON (June 23, 2016) – The American Soybean …

New Test Can Detect Plant Viruses Faster, Cheaper

Kelsey Fry Research

  A new test could save time and money diagnosing plant viruses, some of which can destroy millions of dollars in crops each year in Florida, says a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher. In a newly published study, Jane Polston, a UF/IFAS plant pathology professor, examined several ways to detect the DNA genome of begomoviruses. …

Georgia Grown Moment – Savannah Showcase

Kelsey Fry Vegetables

For this week’s Georgia Grown Moment, Tom Neville with Georgia Grown speaks on the exciting activities you can participate in this upcoming Saturday at the 2016 Georgia Grown Showcase near Savannah, Georgia. The year’s Showcase will take place Saturday, June 25th from 10am to 3pm at the new Tanger Outlet Mall in Pooler, Ga. For more information, visit www.georgiagrown.com.

UF/IFAS Extension Lee County to Host Tropical Fruit Fair on June 25

Kelsey Fry Tropical Fruit

MYERS, Fla. — Julie Falconer, walked through the teeming aisles of the “Taste of Lee Tropical Fruit Fair” in Ft. Myers, Florida, and popped a piece of jackfruit in her mouth. She savored the sweet, pungent taste of the fruit usually found in south and Southeast Asia. “Everyone in our family is a gardener, and I grew up on a …