With $3 million grant, researchers hope to help find sites to grow tomorrow’s produce

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers are sounding a warning bell that fresh produce may be hard to come by in the future. Scientists with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences cite changes in our climate, loss of fresh water and competition for resources...

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Pineapples: Preservation and Potential

By Jan Suszkiw, ARS Office of Communications. Starting around 1898, key advances in production and processing methods—built around the superstar variety Smooth Cayenne—positioned Hawaii as a world leader in exports of canned pineapple. Although the state no longer holds that title, Hawaii today remains home to one of the...

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New Sensor System for Peanut Drying

By Dennis O’Brien, ARS Office of Communications. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) engineers in Georgia have developed a network of sensors that will save thousands of dollars in drying costs for peanut growers and processors. When peanut farmers in Georgia sell their crop, they bring it to a buying point to be graded and...

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New Eco-Friendly Barleys Have Many Benefits

By Sandra Avant, ARS Office of Communications. Two new barley varieties are good for growers, the environment, and nonruminant animals. Barley and other cereal grains and legumes contain a form of phosphorus called “phytate.” Phosphorus is an essential nutrient, but phytate cannot be digested by humans and nonruminant animals,...

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Waste not, want not: Byproduct of ethanol industry makes suitable cattle feed supplement

by American Society of Agronomy.  Making a living raising cattle isn’t as simple as just buying a herd and turning it out to pasture. Cattle require specific diets to maintain proper nutrition and weight gain. And how to do this in the most effective and efficient way possible has interested both ranchers and researchers for...

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Blueberry Bush Pruning Timing

By Sharon Durham New blueberry varieties developed for northern growing areas in the United States are often hybrids of northern-adapted and southern-adapted breeding material. Such hybrids may retain their leaves longer in the fall, and appear to be slow to enter dormancy. Blueberry growers prune their bushes annually to remove old...

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Give plants sun, space and air to prevent garden diseases

By Sharon Dowdy Home gardeners must fight insects and diseases to keep their vegetable plants healthy and productive. Diseases are harder to identify because, unlike bugs, you can’t easily see a pathogen, says University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist Elizabeth Little. “Insects can be seen on plants, but diseases...

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Fumigation a potential management tool for Georgia watermelon farmers fighting fusarium wilt disease

By Clint Thompson Fusarium wilt is on the rise in Georgia watermelon fields. University of Georgia scientists are studying whether this fungal disease can be managed through fumigation. Fumigation is a method of pest control that involves using volatile compounds in a restricted area to kill pests and pathogens. Research on the...

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UF scientists work to develop heat-resistant “cow of the future”

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists are working to breed the “cow of the future” by studying the more heat-tolerant Brangus cow — a cross between an Angus and a Brahman. Raluca Mateescu, an associate professor in the UF/IFAS department of animal sciences, is part...

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New tobacco varieties could reduce levels of black shank disease

Jul 03, 17 New tobacco varieties could reduce levels of black shank disease

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By Julia Rodriguez University of Georgia Cooperative Extension research trials of new tobacco varieties could help farmers reduce the level of black shank disease in their fields to 15 percent, according to Tony Barnes, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension agent in Atkinson County, Georgia. If the research proves successful,...

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Florida Forest Service Announces Program for Landowners to Combat Devastating Forest Pest

Jul 03, 17 Florida Forest Service Announces Program for Landowners to Combat Devastating Forest Pest

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, announced today that the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program will accept applications from...

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Scientists find way to surgically strike out weeds that impede crop growth

Jul 03, 17 Scientists find way to surgically strike out weeds that impede crop growth

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by Brad Buck. • University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural  By using a combination of fumigants, University of Florida scientists believe they can surgically strike out some weeds that otherwise get in the way of vegetable growth. Researchers with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have shown that...

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Pig Pens: A Look at Mirrors and Mat

By Sandra Avant Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are looking for ways to improve housing for farm animals, including pigs. Enhancing the animals’ environment can help reduce stress, which in turn can improve growth and efficiency and decrease disease susceptibility. According to the World Organization for Animal...

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Eat Your Greens—Microgreens, That is!

Jul 03, 17 Eat Your Greens—Microgreens, That is!

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By Jan Suszkiw, ARS Office of Communications. Small edible plants called microgreens aren’t just tasty toppings for soups, salads and sandwiches. They’re also healthful. According to results of an Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-led study, eating red cabbage microgreens helped mice moderate their weight and cholesterol...

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New Silver-Cotton Fibers Battle Bacteria

By Sandra Avant Silver has been used as an antimicrobial agent for more than 100 years. Today, silver in the form of nanoparticles is incorporated in such products as plastic food containers, medical materials, and clothing. In textiles, however, preventing the nanoparticles’ antimicrobial properties from washing away has always...

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Fall calving season may yield higher returns for southeastern beef producers

By: University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture The vast majority of cow-calf producers in Tennessee and the Southeast using a defined calving season have long favored spring calving; however, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have evaluated the risk and returns for a fall calving season,...

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Cotton yields not impacted by decreased irrigation during the early season

Jun 02, 17 Cotton yields not impacted by decreased irrigation during the early season

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By Julia Rodriguez Decreasing irrigation for cotton crops during the early season may not affect yields and could save growers more than 54,000 gallons of water per acre, according to University of Georgia researchers. John Snider, UGA Cooperative Extension cotton physiologist, conducted research trials to determine early-season,...

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UF-developed mandarin shows increased tolerance to greening

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While citrus greening disease has blemished the Florida industry, University of Florida scientists have developed a mandarin hybrid that seems to be winning the battle. Now, researchers are learning what makes this fruit a fighter. UF/IFAS researchers have...

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Giving Gardeners Information on Potting Media for Trees and Shrubs

Jun 02, 17 Giving Gardeners Information on Potting Media for Trees and Shrubs

Posted by in Gardening, Land Care, Scientific Studies

By: Dennis O’Brien With spring here, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in Alabama have some timely advice for gardeners and homeowners who buy shrubs or trees. Their insight comes from a cooperative study with Auburn University scientists focused on the effects of pine bark and other types of potting media used with...

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UF scientists prepare for devastating pest in China before it makes its way to U.S.

By: Ellison Langford GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A previously unrecognized pest is making a name for itself devastating American sweetgum trees in China. Now, University of Florida researchers fear the insect will make its way to the United States and devastate its sweetgum trees. The bug was so obscure it recently had no scientific name...

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