Paper Mulch a Viable Option Against Nutsedge

Clint ThompsonFlorida

By Clint Thompson Paper mulch continues to show adequate evidence in North Florida watermelon research that it provides strong nutsedge control. Bob Hochmuth, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Regional Specialized Extension agent in Live Oak, Florida, discussed this year’s research with the WestRock product. “We’re very excited about the potential in the future. There’s no …

Pure Speculation: Hard to Estimate Georgia’s Pecan Production This Year

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson Pecan harvests are on the horizon for Georgia producers. How many yields the state’s pecan farmers will produce is almost impossible to estimate, says Lenny Wells, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension pecan specialist. “It’s hard to really put a number on or estimate Georgia’s pecan production at this point because of all the planting that’s taken place …

Nuseed Carinata Covers New Ground

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Nuseed Carinata raises expectations as a superior alternative to fallow ground or conventional winter cover crops.  It not only provides substantial agronomic benefits to your land, carinata also is harvested for use as a unique feedstock for certified, stainable biofuels, rewarding growers for the contract production of carinata grain for end-use markets. The Gold Standard in Cover Crops Nuseed Carinata invigorates …

Chitwood-Brown Discusses Machine Harvesting of Tomatoes

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Earlier this year, Jessica Chitwood-Brown took over the lead tomato breeding post at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, Florida. The center has a long history of tomato breeding success. One of her objectives is to continue the effort to breed stakeless tomatoes, which could facilitate mechanical …

Most of Southeast Observing Drought-Like Conditions

Clint ThompsonDrought

Dry conditions continue to persist across the Southeast with certain areas intensifying in North Florida, Georgia and Alabama. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, abnormally dry conditions concentrate most of Northeast Florida. The drought starts as far west as Jackson, Calhoun, Liberty and Franklin counties and extends eastward to Duval, Saint Johns and Flagler counties and southward to Volusia, Marion …

End in Sight: South Georgia Watermelon Harvests Nearing End

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Watermelon

By Clint Thompson Watermelon harvests are winding down across South Georgia. Late-season rainfall has sparked disease outbreaks in fields, says Tim Flanders, a watermelon scout. “Most of the folks I’m dealing with are beginning to wrap up. I’ve got some late watermelons that I guess they will continue to try to go for a while, but that’s just a small …

Grafted Watermelon Plants Costly But Effective Against Fusarium Wilt Disease

Clint ThompsonFlorida, Watermelon

By Clint Thompson Grafted watermelon plants remain a significant defense against fusarium wilt disease. They are just costly and cause a delay in harvests, says Bob Hochmuth, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Regional Specialized Extension agent in Live Oak, Florida. “It does appear that properly managed grafted watermelons can be very helpful in managing fusarium …

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Disease Management: Grape Producers Must Be Timely with Fungicide Sprays

Dan CooperAgri-business, Disease, Grapes

A saturated spring has North Georgia grape producers concerned about disease management with harvest season on the horizon. Sarah Lowder, University of Georgia viticulture Extension specialist, discussed some of the diseases growers have dealt with over the past few months. “Especially with how wet this year has been, we’re trying to keep on top of our downy mildew management,” Lowder …

Specialty Crop Grower Magazine: Pre-Harvest Agricultural Water-Use Rule Announced

Clint ThompsonSpecialty Crop Grower Magazine

In May, the final rule on pre-harvest agricultural water usage in produce cultivation under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was published. The FSMA was signed into law in 2011. Since its passage, regulations have been rolled out over time to allow farms both large and small to prepare for its implementation. The FSMA came after major foodborne illness outbreaks. …