Youth potato project plants seeds of STEM careers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When the Flagler County 4-H members started growing their own potato plants at home, they were a little worried at first. “They would come to me and say, ‘I don’t see any potatoes on my plant. What’s wrong?’” said Amy Hedstrom, a Flagler County 4-H youth development agent with the University of...

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UGA peanut entomologist Mark Abney advises farmers to monitor thrips activity

May 04, 17 UGA peanut entomologist Mark Abney advises farmers to monitor thrips activity

Posted by in Agriculture, Land Care

By Clint Thompson With thrips activity at a high level, peanut farmers are advised to closely monitor their peanut seedlings as planting season gets underway, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut entomologist Mark Abney. “No matter what thrips management tactic is chosen, scouting is still a good...

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The problem expands for avocado growers: 9 beetle species carry deadly fungus

 by Brad Buck – by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.  Many people love their avocados – not to mention guacamole dip. So it was bad enough when scientists said a beetle was ravaging avocado trees in South Florida. Then scientists found out that the redbay ambrosia beetle — originally...

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Consumers will normally pay more for organic products – but not wine

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — You swish around a sip of organic wine in your mouth and it might tempt your taste buds, but that doesn’t mean you’ll pay more for it, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. For the study, former UF/IFAS graduate...

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As UF/IFAS CREC turns 100, it celebrates decades working with Florida Department of Citrus

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center celebrates its 100th anniversary, administrators are praising a decades-long relationship between researchers with CREC and the Florida Department of Citrus...

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Lenny Wells’ pecan book covers history of crop and its popularity in the South

May 04, 17 Lenny Wells’ pecan book covers history of crop and its popularity in the South

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By Julia Rodriguez Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist and the university’s leading voice in the pecan industry, covers the history of pecans and their popularity in the South in his first book, “Pecan: America’s Native Nut Tree.” In the book, Wells addresses the pecan’s progression...

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Saving Costs with Cover Crops

May 04, 17 Saving Costs with Cover Crops

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies, Tech

By Dennis O’Brien Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have found a cost-saving strategy for cotton growers in Alabama who use cover crops. Cover crops are gaining popularity because they suppress weeds and help soil retain moisture and nutrients. Farmers typically plant cover crops in the fall and kill them in the...

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Periodical cicadas set to emerge this year after 17 years underground

By Merritt Melancon What has large, red eyes, translucent wings and an undulating, 7-kilohertz chirp that sounds like the background music to a horror movie? Georgians can find the answer over the next few weeks by traveling north into the state’s mountains to witness the emergence of the latest brood of 17-year periodical...

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Catfish Genome: A New Tool to Help Improve Catfish Products

May 04, 17 Catfish Genome: A New Tool to Help Improve Catfish Products

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By Sandra Avant A fish named “Coco” is at the center of the first genome sequence for any catfish species. Catfish is an important dietary protein source and is the third most commonly farmed fish worldwide. While more than 2,500 species of catfish are known to exist, the channel catfish dominates U.S. aquaculture, accounting...

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Successful compost piles can be judged by the company they keep

May 04, 17 Successful compost piles can be judged by the company they keep

Posted by in Featured Stories, Gardening, Landscaping

By Merritt Melancon Gardeners are likely to see a whole community of living things in their compost piles — from millipedes and roaches to worms and small mammals. While most of this activity is natural and great for compost, some uninvited guests can indicate a problem with the compost pile. University of Georgia Cooperative...

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UF brings families together for annual Bug Week Scavenger Hunt on May 20

May 04, 17 UF brings families together for annual Bug Week Scavenger Hunt on May 20

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Local families will get to have fun and learn about crawly critters during the annual UF/IFAS Bug Week Scavenger Hunt set for 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 20. The event will be held at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Admission is free, and all...

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UGARF names Ozias-Akins Distinguished Research Professor

By Sharon Dowdy The University of Georgia Research Foundation (UGARF) has named Professor Peggy Ozias-Akins a Distinguished Research Professor, a title awarded to UGA faculty recognized internationally for their contributions to knowledge and whose work promises to foster continued creativity in their discipline. In 2015, she was...

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May Fishing Forecast

May 04, 17 May Fishing Forecast

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Capt. Ric Liles • (813)601-2900 • Co-host Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show Hello Anglers; First of all I want to thank everyone that fished with me in March and April. I’m sorry for not getting a report out last month but things were very busy around the dock. March and April were fantastic for fishing and a big majority...

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A New Way To Pasteurize Eggs

By: Dennis O’Brien, ARS Office of Communications. An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist in Pennsylvania and his colleagues have developed a technology that rapidly pasteurizes eggs and could sharply reduce the number of illnesses caused each year by egg-borne Salmonella bacteria. The device invented by David Geveke, a...

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Common pesticide damages honey bees’ ability to fly

by University of California San Diego Biologists at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated for the first time that a widely used pesticide can significantly impair the ability of otherwise healthy honey bees to fly, raising concerns about how pesticides affect their capacity to pollinate and the long-term effects...

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UF project to select the best Brahman genes

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With help from cattle producers through the Florida Cattle Enhancement Fund, UF/IFAS researchers hope to develop Brahman cattle that can tolerate heat better, produce more tender meat and improve their fertility. University of Florida Institute of Food and...

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Increase in exports main reason cotton prices are up

Apr 04, 17 Increase in exports main reason cotton prices are up

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By Julia Rodriguez Georgia growers can expect to make at least 5 to 6 cents more per pound of cotton than they received this time last year, according to Don Shurley, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton economist. The price is due to many factors, but the main cause is the increase in exports. “Most of our cotton...

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Grapefruit for dessert? South Korea could be a lucrative market for Florida growers

Apr 04, 17 Grapefruit for dessert? South Korea could be a lucrative market for Florida growers

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — How about grapefruit as a dessert or snack? That is how many South Koreans, especially younger ones, view the fruit. Therefore, Florida grapefruit growers may want to expand their shipments to that Asian nation, University of Florida Institute of Food and...

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Maximizing Profits with Poultry Litter

For more information contact Dennis O’Brien, ARS Office of Communications. A Mississippi-based Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researcher has learned that using poultry litter as fertilizer can help cotton growers in the Southeast maximize profits. Poultry litter (chicken manure, spilled feed, excess feathers, and other...

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Making Melons Safer with Steam

By Dennis O’Brien Steam can more effectively combat E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria on cantaloupes than traditional removal methods. That’s the finding of an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist in Pennsylvania. Dike Ukuku and his colleagues at the ARS Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Unit in Wyndmoor has...

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