Category: Crops

UF/IFAS Extension in Suwannee Valley region helps watermelon growers save water, fuel, fertilizer

LIVE OAK, Fla. — Robert Hochmuth remembers about 30 years ago when researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Suwanee Valley Agricultural Extension Center showed watermelon growers how to use transplants instead of… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists zero in on better mandarin traits

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In their quest to develop higher quality mandarins, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers are zeroing in on the traits that will help them breed the best fruit. Last year, they… Read More

UF/IFAS study: Sweet potato crop shows promise as feed and fuel

Please see caption below story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As some Florida growers try to find new crops and the demand for biofuel stock increases globally, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found that… Read More

UF/IFAS study: Few people know mushrooms’ health benefits

  Please see caption below story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Relatively few people are aware of the health benefits of mushrooms, according to a new national survey by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers. Only… Read More

UF/IFAS research could lead to more and healthier sorghum

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher has identified two areas of the sorghum genome that could boost the plant’s resistance to the anthracnose disease. This finding could be a key… Read More

New method could quash squash pests

Please see caption below story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida grows more zucchini squash than anywhere else in America – to the tune of $70 million a year. To help improve production, University of Florida Institute of Food and… Read More