The Kudzu Bug also known as the bean plataspid (Megacopta cribraria, Fabricius), was discovered in the Sopchoppy area of western Wakulla County last week populating a citrus tree. Kudzu bugs are native to East Asia and were first detected ... READ MORE
Dryland field corn is up and flourishing in the Big Bend Region of Florida. Rains have been well spaced and delivering sufficient water.
Corn acreage is forecast to be at its highest point in three quarters of a century. The 97,282,000 ... READ MORE
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently implementing an overhaul of the nation’s food safety system. They are proposing which fruits and vegetables would be subject to new, more restrictive standards during the rule making process.
Vegetables ... READ MORE
Spring is a demanding time of year for north Florida’s farmers and ranchers. Time is at a premium and the work requirements are strenuous and seemingly without end.
It is easy to overlook or delay chores which are not screaming for immediate ... READ MORE
Guodong (David) Liu, Ph.D. has concluded applied research on recycling the nutrient solution used for greenhouse vegetable production to prevent groundwater pollution. He determined whether recycling could result in an accumulation or deficiency ... READ MORE
Showers began in April for Florida's growers in the Big Bend region. With the exception of Tropical Storm Debbie, the showers were steady, and if not generous, they were ample.
Early autumn saw the frequency of showers slowdown and the rain ... READ MORE
There is a growing anxiety about the corn harvest with its high moisture content and lack of available storage. Field conditions are wet making it hard for equipment to cross fields.
Cotton fields need to dry out or disease pressure will ... READ MORE
Second crop soybeans are blooming in Florida’s Big Bend and doing well with sufficient rain. Many fields are following green chopped corn used in dairies for immediate needs or ensiling.
Producers have kept a watchful eye on the tropical ... READ MORE
After a dry spring, the return of semi-regular rains in June was greatly appreciated by farmer and ranchers in Wakulla County. The situation reversed with Tropical Storm Debbie’s 20 plus inches of rain in late June.
Through July and into ... READ MORE