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In the heart of Florida’s strawberry season, an expert explains why they’re so wonderful

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February 2, 2022

When you think of February, you might dream of a Happy Valentine’s Day, roses and romance. If you live in central Florida, you might also want to buy the very best strawberries. Many local fields are rife with the red fruit. Wael Elwakil, ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, SFYL Hot Topic
Tags: Breeding, Economic Impact, Featured, Fruit And Vegetable Production, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Harvest, Hillsborough County, Special Topics, Strawberries, Strawberry Season, Taste, UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County, Valentine's Day, Wael Elwakil

Citrus Harvest: For Yourself and Others

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December 20, 2021

By Connie Gladding January is the time to pick most of our citrus fruit from Navels, Satsumas, Key Limes, Grapefruit, etc. To be sure that your fruit is ready, pick a couple and taste them. If they are nice and sweet, pick away, ... READ MORE

Category: Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes
Tags: Citrus, Donate, Donation, Fruit, Gleaning, Grapefruit, Harvest, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Navel, Orange, Picking

Harvesting Longans

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August 4, 2021

Mango season is coming to an end here in Southwest Florida, but the longans are ready to harvest! Longan tree at the UF/IFAS Collier County Extension Grove, Ryals, J. 2021 This delicious fruit tree is well adapted to tropical climates ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Home Landscapes
Tags: Agriculture, Collier County, Collier County Extension, Fruit, Fruit Trees, Harvest, Jessica Ryals, Longan, Pruning, Small Farm, Small Farmers, Small Farms, Summer, SWFL, Tropical Fruit

New study shows why strawberries must keep (their) cool

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February 16, 2021

Right about now, if you eat a Florida strawberry, odds are it’s going to taste oh-so-good. That’s no accident. Strawberries are in season, and those you see at the grocery store should be shipped and stocked at the right temperature, says ... READ MORE

Category: SFYL Hot Topic
Tags: Antioxidants, Chill, Cold Chain, Harvest, Horticultural Sciences, Jeff Brecht, Market, Refrigeration, Shipping, Strawberries, Supply Chain, Temperatures

UF/IFAS findings show less need for pesticide to control strawberry pest

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December 8, 2020

It’s harvest season for Florida’s $300 million-per-year strawberry season, so those who grow this fruit need help to control pests such as the tiny (up to 2-millimeters long), destructive chilli thrips. Farmers often use pesticides to ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Pests & Disease, SFYL Hot Topic
Tags: Chilli Thrips, College Of Agricultural And Life Sciences, Crop Damage, Entomology And Nematology, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Harvest, Integrated Pest Management, Oscar Liburd, Pesticide, Sriyanka Lahiri, Strawberries

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