Category: Crops

UF to Host Leader in Organic Farming

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Organic farming is a multimillion-dollar industry in Florida, with certified organic farms having generated $72.4 million in produce sales statewide in 2016. To highlight the practice of growing organically, the University of Florida/IFAS will host… Read More

Plant Improvement Specialist to Ensure New Citrus Varieties Have Best Traits

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — Many citrus growers want to replant their groves that are withering because of greening. But they need field data to know which varieties to plant. Gathering that information takes time. As a rule, though,… Read More

UF/IFAS Researchers Continue Work on Saving Guacamole’s Key Ingredient

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — There is no shortage of interest or appetite for guacamole. When you consider the endless variety of recipes for dishes and dips that you can dig into, coupled with an annual designation of September 16… Read More

Agricultural Producers Urged to Learn About Irrigating Wisely at Free UF Event

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County will host a free event highlighting water-saving technologies available to agricultural producers and how this equipment has already aided growers in the area. Irrigating Wisely in Florida’s Agriculture, held at Brown’s… Read More

A Glimpse at Emergency Operations Center with UF/IFAS Extension Agent

Hurricane Dorian Updates - Palm Trees In a Storm

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. — As weather experts reported of Hurricane Dorian’s forecasting challenges, emergency operation centers (EOC) in the path of the storm started assembling earlier than usual. While you may think all the action taking place at… Read More

National Honey Bee Day: 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Honey Bees

These days, it seems like everyone is interested in bees — in part, due to honey bees’ vital role in growing our food, as well as reports of their declining numbers. Even as the public’s fascination with honey… Read More

UF/IFAS to Unveil Latest Citrus Production Guide Aug. 14-15 at Citrus Expo

The latest technical advice on citrus greening disease, tree nutrition, grove management and other aspects of Florida citrus cultivation will reach growers Aug. 14-15, as the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences unveils the newest… Read More

UF/IFAS Study: Oxytetracycline Sprays May Not Protect Citrus Trees From Greening Disease Effectively, Though Trunk Injections Show Promise

Since 2016, federal authorities have allowed Florida citrus growers to spray oxytetracycline solutions on their trees to combat citrus greening disease, but a newly published University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study suggests that the… Read More

UF/IFAS Researchers Use AI to Take the Guesswork out of Fruit Pricing

Pricing fruit comes down to a bit of art and some science for farmers. But new technology from the University of Florida may remove some of that guesswork. “Growers often rely on their gut to estimate a price… Read More