Blackberry Success for Central Florida Producer

Dan CooperFruit, Small Fruits

Florida specialty crop farmer Matt Parke may still be a relative newbie when it comes to blackberry production. But he seems to have figured out a secret to blackberry success in central Florida. “Here in central Florida we don’t get the chill hours required to make them flower good, so you’ve got to figure out how to trick them into …

Assessing Hurricane Ian’s Impact on Florida Vegetables

Web AdminSmall Fruits, Vegetables

By Frank Giles Hurricane Ian will have far reaching impacts on Florida agriculture. An initial estimate released by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) puts farm losses at between $787 million and $1.56 billion. The storm brought hurricane-strength winds to nearly 1.2 million acres agricultural lands in Florida. Vegetable growers are reporting varying degrees of …