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Category: Agriculture

UF/IFAS needs grower input to better train agricultural workers

By: RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — The COVID-19 crisis has hit Florida’s agricultural industry hard with new challenges on how to protect workers who are essential to keeping our nation’s food supply flowing. The UF/IFAS Extension team… Read More

Growing Citrus – in a simpler time.…. maybe it’s time.

It seems like simpler times when I was hosting Gardeners Hotline television show (WDSC–PBS) featuring the citrus grower, Bruce Crump (past owner of Vo-LaSalle Farms) on growing citrus in Volusia County. Citrus greening was beginning to play havoc… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists develop a specialty pepper with better resistance to root-knot nematodes

Bell peppers make for a delicious snack. Among additional choices, you can add them to sandwiches and pizzas, as they’re tasty and full of vitamin C, making them a popular vegetable. As a $235 million-a-year business in Florida,… Read More

In Memoriam: Gene Albrigo

Editor’s Note: Earlier this year,  UF/IFAS lost one of its most accomplished faculty members. Below is a remembrance written by Jim Syvertsen, Emeritus Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Florida/IFAS  and  published in the  June 2020 issue of… Read More

Sensor-Based In-Season Nitrogen Recommendations for Commercial Crops

Nitrogen plays several important roles in plant health. It provides structural, genetic, and metabolic compounds, amino acids, and enzymes. It also contributes to photosynthetic activity. Nitrogen is the most important nutrient to apply because it directly impacts the… Read More

Inside the world of the red ring nematode

The red ring nematode, Bursaphelenchus cocophilus, causes the red ring disease that can kill palm and coconut trees. This nematode gets its name from the red lesion, around 3-5 cm wide, that forms on the trunks of infected palms (See… Read More