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Florida blueberry season: Top-notch fruit, tools and knowledge from UF/IFAS research


March 30, 2022

March brings the start of Florida’s blueberry production, harvest and shipping season. The state’s blueberry industry has grown rapidly in the past 20 years. Today, Florida farmers grow more than 5,200 acres of blueberries, producing about ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: 'Arcadia', 'Sentinel', Blueberries, Blueberry Growers Guide App, Blueberry Season, Breeding, Cultivars, Doug Phillips, Horticultural Sciences, Patricio Munoz, Production

UF scientists sequence genome of the supersweet corn you’ve nibbled for 20-plus years


February 23, 2021

Sweet corn, a food favorite for many consumers, serves as a major crop for Florida. Earlier research by UF/IFAS scientists led to an even sweeter sweet corn dubbed “supersweet” because it has more sugar than other types of the staple crop. Now, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops
Tags: Breeding, DNA, Genome Sequencing, Horticultural Sciences, Marcio Resende, Production, Supersweet Corn, Sweet Corn, Taste

Global gardeners help UF tomato breeding program; will send growth, flavor data to lab


January 12, 2021

Normally, University of Florida scientists such as Harry Klee gauge the taste and aroma of their new tomatoes by letting volunteers test them at the UF Sensory Lab in Gainesville. But now, people from across the globe who grow tomatoes in their ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, SFYL Hot Topic
Tags: Amateur Plant Breeders, Citizen Science, Data, Gardeners, Harry Klee, Production, Seeds, Taste, Tomatoes, UF/IFAS Advancement, Varieties

What’s up with this weather? Track it with a FAWN Weather Station


March 15, 2019

FAWN, or the Florida Automated Weather Network, is a system of weather stations created as a resource for industry professionals to make informed management decisions in agriculture production. Since 1998, FAWN has monitored dew point, relative ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agribusiness, Business, Climate, Crops, FAWN, Production, Temperature, Weather
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Question: How Do I Start a Food Business in Collier County?


January 30, 2018

Question: I'm an entrepreneur looking to start a food product related business in Collier County. But where do I start? How can I find information on business planning, product development and regulations? And what process do I need to go through ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Food Safety, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agribusiness, Business Development, Business Planning, Collier County, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Food Business, Food Systems, Jessica Ryals, Product Development, Product Marketing, Production, Sustainability

UF/IFAS Master Gardeners Visit MREC


December 12, 2017

Last week, MREC hosted a tour for up-and-coming UF/IFAS Master Gardeners and talked about projects with researchers and Extension agents focused on agricultural economics, water conservation and plant breeding. The group went to greenhouses ... READ MORE

Category: Events, Horticulture, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Economics, Greenhouses, Ifas Extension, Master Gardeners, Outreach, Plant Breeding, Plants, Production, UF, Water Conservation

Bermudagrass Stem Maggot ? A New Pest in North Florida


January 26, 2012

By Les Harrison, Wakulla County Extension Director 850-926-3931. Thinking ahead to the warmer months in north Florida, hay producers may be facing a new concern for their bermudagrass fields this coming season. Producers need to more close ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Pests & Disease
Tags: Agriculture, Farming, Garden, Growing, Hay, Horticulture, Lawn & Garden, Master Gardener, Natural Resources, Pest, Pest Management, Production, Uncategorized

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