Sneak Peek: August 2019 VSCNews Magazine

Abbey Taylor Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

The August issue of VSCNews magazine explores the latest technology and surrounding issues facing the modern grower.

Yiannis Ampatzidis, assistant professor with the University of Florida (UF), discusses up-and-coming smart sprayer technology. He breaks down how the technology works and how it could help growers cut costs.

Water is one of the most important ingredients to a healthy crop and finding ways to reduce water use is crucial to the environment. Now, growers can keep track of their water use via their phones. Vasileios Liakos and George Vellidis of the University of Georgia introduce growers to SmartIrrigation apps that help them get more crop per drop.

Many growers would like to dip their toes into technology, but they don’t know where to start. In an article by VSCNews Editor Abbey Taylor, growers will learn what’s coming down the pipeline and the struggles tech companies face. Vonnie Estes, the Produce Marketing Association’s vice president of technology, gives growers some useful resources to find out more about ag technology.

Some growers may be leery to adopt technology, but why? Based on an interview with UF assistant professor Tara Wade, this article explores the deciding factors that go in to whether to adopt technology.

Finally, it’s Expo time again! The August issue includes a program for the 2019 Vegetable & Specialty Crop Expo (VSC Expo). Online registration will close on Aug. 9. Don’t wait; visit to register today. All preregistered growers will automatically be entered for a chance to win a John Deere gun safe courtesy of Everglades Equipment Group.

VSC Expo will take place on Aug. 14–15 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, Florida. The seminar program is now available online. Find more information at

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Abbey Taylor

Editor of VSCNews magazine and farm broadcaster

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