Poultry Litter a Potential Hazard for Vidalia Onion Farmers
Florida Grower Magazine
by Clint Thompson
15h ago
Photo courtesy of Laurel Dunn By Clint Thompson University of Georgia research into the use of poultry litter as a fertilizer source for Vidalia onions shows it is a potential carrier for E. coli, a surrogate for Salmonella. Laurel Dunn, University of Georgia Extension coordinator and assistant professor in food science and technology, discussed her research at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah in January. She cautions growers about the dangerous bacteria. “We have traditionally thought that onions were a bullet-proof crop when it comes to food safety. They have ..read more
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Artichokes Make for Pretty Plants
Florida Grower Magazine
by Clint Thompson
15h ago
Did you know you can plant artichokes in your garden or landscape as well as eat them? The artichokes you eat are, in fact, immature flower buds. Prissy Fletcher with an artichoke flower. Courtesy, Prissy Fletcher, UF/IFAS. “Many home gardeners love artichokes, mostly as edibles,” said Shinsuke Agehara, a University of Florida (UF) associate professor of horticultural sciences who harvests the vegetable from January through March at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC). “But because their flowers are so pretty, I think ..read more
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USDA NASS: Findings for Vegetable Production
Florida Grower Magazine
by Clint Thompson
2d ago
Production for 26 estimated vegetable and melon crops totaled 758 million cwt in 2023, an increase of 6% from 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The three largest crops were tomatoes, onions and sweet corn. They combined for 54% of all the vegetables total. The value of utilized production for vegetable crops in 2023 was $19.5 billion, up less than 1% from the previous season. Tomatoes, romaine lettuce and carrots generated the highest values, accounting for 34% of the utilized value of production. For Florida producers, toma ..read more
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Georgia Growers to Vote on Marketing Order to Fund Research
Florida Grower Magazine
by Dan Cooper
2d ago
Georgia’s citrus industry started with the help of University of Georgia (UGA) Extension. Research assistance from UGA could help the industry flourish. Georgia citrus growers will have an opportunity to vote on a marketing order that will help fund potential research, explains Ken Corbett, chairman of the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Citrus Fruits and a producer at Corbett Brothers Farms in Lake Park, Georgia. “We’re sending out ballots, and it’s two-tenths of 1 cent per pound. That’s what we’re assessing at,” Corbett said. “If you do the math on a fully producing grove, tha ..read more
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What’s Happening? Clemson Extension Agents Provide Crop Updates
Florida Grower Magazine
by Clint Thompson
2d ago
Strawberry fertigation has begun in the Midlands. Photo courtesy of Rob Last Clemson Extension agents provide updates in The South Carolina Grower this week about the status of various crops being produced throughout the state. Midlands Phillip Carnley Strawberries are looking good around the Midlands. The biggest issue I’ve seen is still Neopestalotiopsis and getting plants to size up. With Neopestalotiopsis, stay on top of a preventative spray with thiram or Switch. If plants are still small, row covers are your friend and will help force crown development. Make sure prior to covering that ..read more
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Vidalia Onion Plants Progressing Following Recent Cold Snap
Florida Grower Magazine
by Clint Thompson
3d ago
File photo shows Vidalia onion plants in the field. This year’s crop appears to have survived recent cold weather. By Clint Thompson Georgia’s Vidalia onion crop is progressing this season despite a potentially devastating cold snap in late January. Cliff Riner, chairman of the Vidalia Onion Committee, said multiple days of sub-freezing temperatures stalled the plants but failed to have a catastrophic impact. “We’re doing okay. We’ve had weather, but we’ve come through the weather surprisingly well,” Riner said. “The cold that was a couple of weeks ago was what we were worried about. We surviv ..read more
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Not Going Away: UGA Entomologist Cautions Blueberry Producers Against SWD
Florida Grower Magazine
by Clint Thompson
3d ago
Photo courtesy of UGA CAES Newswire. By Clint Thompson Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) remains a threat to Georgia blueberry production. If growers stray from their spray programs, it could have devastating results, believes Ash Sial, University of Georgia (UGA) entomologist. “Some growers, if they don’t see populations or don’t see activity in the field, especially when the weather is hot and dry, (they think) these flies are not active in the field. They think we don’t have SWD,” Sial said. “If they don’t take any action or stay off the programs, then comes rainy weather with lots of humidity ..read more
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Future La Nina Likely Means More Active Tropical Season
Florida Grower Magazine
by Clint Thompson
3d ago
By Clint Thompson A La Nina weather pattern looms on the horizon. Just how quickly the pattern transitions from the current El Niño remains a question mark, according to Pam Knox, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension agricultural climatologist. Pam Knox “The models do not all agree on how fast it’s going to change from an El Niño, go through neutral (conditions) to La Nina. Some models have it happening faster than others,” Knox said. “Spring is always a hard time of year to predict. There is just so much going on in the atmosphere with the Arctic being cold and moving towards the summer seas ..read more
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Specialty Crop Grower Magazine: Keeping Competitive in Modern Marketplace
Florida Grower Magazine
by Clint Thompson
3d ago
Adam Lytch manages farming and warehouse operations for L&M. By Frank Giles Specialty crop farms across the Southeast have faced myriad challenges over the past few decades, but many farms have embraced new market opportunities and enjoyed growth. One of those operations is L&M. The farm was founded in 1964 by Joe McGee in Johnston County, North Carolina. In the years since its founding, L&M has grown into a large producer of brassica crops like broccoli and cabbage in Florida and South Georgia. The farm also produces potatoes, squash and peppers as core crops. L&M produces 35 ..read more
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Pecan Producers Should Decrease Input Costs
Florida Grower Magazine
by Clint Thompson
3d ago
Photo courtesy of UGA Tifton By Clint Thompson Pecan producers need to either decrease their costs of production or increase their yields to improve their sustainability. University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells believes the best option for producers, especially in the short term, is to reduce costs. “We can increase yields. but that’s going to require having the varieties that have the yield potential to get there. Some orchards don’t have that right now, and it’s going to take a while to get there,” Wells said. “That leaves, in the short term, reducing c ..read more
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