UF/IFAS West Florida REC offers grits, cornmeal from grain produced on its farm

Mar 01, 17 UF/IFAS West Florida REC offers grits, cornmeal from grain produced on its farm

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu JAY, Fla. — Do you know where your grits come from? Now, you can buy locally grown grits and cornmeal, and even visit the farm where the corn is grown. The University of Florida IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center near Jay, Florida, is selling grits and cornmeal...

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Crop scientists and engineers team up to help improve crops with robotic technology

Mar 01, 17 Crop scientists and engineers team up to help improve crops with robotic technology

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies, Tech

By Mike Wooten It may be a while before robots and drones are as common as tractors and combine harvesters on farms, but the high-tech tools may soon play a major role in helping feed the world’s rapidly growing population. At the University of Georgia, a team of researchers is developing a robotic system of all-terrain rovers and...

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Copper Sulfate Kills Fungus on Fish Eggs

Mar 01, 17 Copper Sulfate Kills Fungus on Fish Eggs

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By Sandra Avant Fungus on fish eggs isn’t only an eyesore for the aquaculture industry, it’s also deadly to fish and expensive to treat. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have found that copper sulfate kills fish egg fungus and is cheaper than current treatments. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists...

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UGA ornamental plant breeder aims to bring a new brew to the U.S. – locally grown tea

Mar 01, 17 UGA ornamental plant breeder aims to bring a new brew to the U.S. – locally grown tea

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By Merritt Melancon Sweet tea may be the “house wine” of the American South, but very, very few of the tea leaves used in the thousands of gallons of tea Southerners drink every year is grown nearby. Despite experiments in tea farming in the Southern U.S. dating back to Colonial times, this temperamental cousin of the camellia...

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South Georgia cotton gin donates equipment to UGA’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park

Mar 01, 17 South Georgia cotton gin donates equipment to UGA’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park

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By Clint Thompson A south Georgia cotton gin is helping the University of Georgia’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park (SIRP) harvest cotton more efficiently thanks to their donation of a cotton module builder and cotton boll buggy. Funston Gin, in Funston, Georgia, donated the two pieces of equipment, valued at $25,000,...

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Making Spinach with Low Oxalate Levels

Mar 01, 17 Making Spinach with Low Oxalate Levels

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By Sharon Durham Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists identified 8 spinach varieties that have low oxalate levels, which is sometimes linked to better health. Oxalic acid, or “oxalate,” is a naturally occurring plant chemical and in the human diet it’s been linked to kidney stone formation. It also can react with...

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Brussels sprouts a risky crop option for Georgia farmers

Feb 01, 17 Brussels sprouts a risky crop option for Georgia farmers

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By Clint Thompson Georgia’s hot summers and warm early-fall temperatures – and the intensive labor required to grow and harvest Brussels sprouts – make growing the crop too risky for Georgia farmers. Although they are a cold-tolerant crop, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension research has found that, in order to grow to...

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UF/IFAS Extension Baker County breaks ground on new teaching orchard

Feb 01, 17 UF/IFAS Extension Baker County breaks ground on new teaching orchard

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By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If you want to know how best to prune a fruit tree or even how to plant one, Alicia Lamborn can do more than just tell you—she can take you out back and show you.Lamborn, a horticulture agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and...

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Plant berries now to create your own backyard blackberry patch

Feb 01, 17 Plant berries now to create your own backyard blackberry patch

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By Michael J. Wheeler At one time, an almost unlimited number of wild blackberries and dewberries – the blackberry’s trailing cousin – grew along fencerows and in abandoned fields. Many of these sites have been destroyed or now have “No trespassing” signs posted on them, but each spring I still see couples on roadsides...

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Hillsborough County pesticide collection aides farmers, protects environment

By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When a pesticide is discontinued or banned by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection, farmers may opt to store these products until they figure out how to dispose of them properly, says Stephen Gran, director of the University of Florida Institute...

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UF/IFAS findings could help prevent crop-killing pathogen from coming to U.S.

Feb 01, 17 UF/IFAS findings could help prevent crop-killing pathogen from coming to U.S.

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New findings by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers could help prevent more genetic strains of the potato- and tomato-killing late-blight pathogen from entering the United States. These findings may provide further evidence...

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Officials to Release Sterile Flies in Homestead in Precautionary Move

Feb 01, 17 Officials to Release Sterile Flies in Homestead in Precautionary Move

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Following the announcement that a stray dog found in Homestead, Fla. was positive for New World screwworm, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced...

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Cowpea curculio sidelines Georgia’s largest black-eye pea fields

Feb 01, 17 Cowpea curculio sidelines Georgia’s largest black-eye pea fields

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Land Care

By Merritt Melancon The lucky legume has been part of a boom-and-bust cycle for the past three decades thanks to a pod-feeding weevil that has, so far, evaded farmers’ best pest control practices. This year is going to be a bust due to high pest pressure, said David Riley, a professor of entomology at the University of Georgia who...

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UF/IFAS scientists: Commercially grown strawberries are not genetically engineered

Jan 02, 17 UF/IFAS scientists: Commercially grown strawberries are not genetically engineered

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers want the public to know that they do not use genetic engineering to breed commercial strawberries; in fact, commercially grown strawberries worldwide do not use such techniques in new variety production at this...

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Milk Prices Poised for Modest Improvement

Jan 02, 17 Milk Prices Poised for Modest Improvement

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Livestock

by:TheCattleSite News Desk US – After a few years of significant challenge, the outlook for US milk producers is beginning to improve, according to a new report from CoBank. Despite projected supply increases, milk prices are poised for modest improvement in the years ahead thanks to new export opportunities and gains in...

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New Test Genetically IDs Fungal Wheat Threat

Jan 02, 17 New Test Genetically IDs Fungal Wheat Threat

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By Jan Suszkiw A team of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and university scientists has developed a sensitive new assay method for detecting the fungus that causes “wheat blast,” a disease of wheat in South America and, most recently, Bangladesh. The fungus Magnaporthe oryzae triticum (MoT) was first detected in Brazil in...

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New, Easy-to-Harvest Raisin Grape Reduces Production Cost

Jan 02, 17 New, Easy-to-Harvest Raisin Grape Reduces Production Cost

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By Dennis O’Brien A new raisin grape developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in California is proving to be very popular among producers because it costs less to harvest. With many grapes, crews must go out about two weeks before the harvest and cut the canes, which are the long branches on the vines that...

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Scientists crack genetic code determining leaf shape in cotton

Jan 02, 17 Scientists crack genetic code determining leaf shape in cotton

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by North Carolina State University Researchers know that the variation in leaf shapes can mean big differences in a farmer’s bottom line. Now, a new discovery gives plant breeders key genetic information they need to develop crop varieties that make the most of these leaf-shape differences. In a paper published Dec. 20 in the...

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Migratory Mites Threaten Bee Hives

Jan 02, 17 Migratory Mites Threaten Bee Hives

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By Jan Suszkiw Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are tracking a honey bee killer, and their investigations have taken them from hives in Tucson, Arizona, to Bismarck, North Dakota. Led by ARS entomologist Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, the team is staking out hive entrances and monitoring the comings and goings of foraging...

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UF/IFAS Extension Desoto County combines library and agriculture to draw youth to 4-H

Nov 30, 16 UF/IFAS Extension Desoto County combines library and agriculture to draw youth to 4-H

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu ARCADIA, Fla. — Families in Desoto County who visit their local library could walk away as gardeners and healthier eaters. That’s because the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Desoto County has implemented a program that creates a...

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