Category: Crops

Florida farmers adapting to UF/IFAS web-based tool to ward off strawberry diseases

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Farmers  are adapting to a UF/IFAS-developed, web-based monitoring system that can help the environment by using less chemical treatment to prevent strawberry diseases, which will help the state’s $306 million a year crop, a… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers find shallow flooding reduces a major rice pest

BELLE GLADE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists at the Everglades Research and Education Center have found an important way to control the destructive rice water weevil, one of the major pests in rice production. UF Institute of… Read More

Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame adds 4 new inductees on Feb. 9

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame is honoring four new inductees in Tampa on Feb. 9 who have ties to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The Florida Agricultural Hall of… Read More

UF/IFAS study shows 10-day weather forecasts can increase farmers’ profits

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida-led study shows how Australian wheat farmers can use hypothetical 10-day weather forecasts to increase their annual profits by hundreds of thousands of dollars, a finding that can be applied to… Read More

UF/IFAS study: Mite might control pest that attacks Florida’s $125 million-a-year cucumber crop

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A predatory mite might feed on a pest of cucumbers, a $125 million-a-year crop in Florida, newly published University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research shows. This finding may help growers protect… Read More

UF/IFAS hosting Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference in January

APOPKA, Fla. — Florida agriculture and food industries are among the largest economic contributors in the state. Agricultural producers manage 9.5 million acres, growing more than 300 commodities, including everything from citrus and cows to peanuts and potatoes…. Read More

UF CALS student, faculty study cost-savings for blueberry cold protection measures

See caption for both photos below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For Tori Bradley, learning about cold weather may turn into cold hard cash for Florida blueberry growers. Bradley, a University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences graduate… Read More