What’s Happening? Clemson Extension Agents Provide Crop Updates

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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, “We received some welcomed rainfall during last weekend’s storm system; amounts were variable across the area, with an inch being the most common. The precipitation allowed for bed formation operations to continue …

Increased Rainfall Problematic for South Georgia’s Fall Crops

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By Clint Thompson Specialty crop producers prefer dry conditions so they can be the ones applying water and not worry about disease pressure. They are not getting their wish with their fall crops, however. Increased rainfall across southern Georgia in recent weeks has led to intense disease pressure on fall vegetable crops. Ty Torrance, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable …

Sneak Peek: September 2022 Specialty Crop Industry Magazine

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The September issue of Specialty Crop Industry Magazine highlights various alternative crops that Florida growers can take advantage of. These include pongamia and sorrel, which show potential in the Sunshine State; and bamboo, of which producers have formed an association. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers are also searching for the next breakthrough crop. Potential …

Georgia Department of Agriculture Announces 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Recipients

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The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA/AMS) Specialty Crop Block Grant. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds projects that “enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.”   Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture, turfgrass/sod, nursery, and greenhouse crops. “USDA …

Recent Rains Could Delay Fumigation Process

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By Clint Thompson Persistent rainfall across the Southeast in recent weeks could delay fumigation progress from specialty crop farmers preparing to plant their fall crops. Tim Coolong, associate professor in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, discusses how heavy rain events could keep producers from getting into their fields at a key point in the season. …