In this Issue:
  • Cassava – A Crop for the Back Forty
  • UF Sugar Belle Citrus Variety more Tolerant to Greening
  • Cowpea Curculio Outbreak Anticipated after Mild Winter
  • Where to Start with Marketing Fresh Produce?
  • Start Preparing Now for Whiteflies this Fall in Vegetable Crops
  • Oriental Bean Thrips: A Potential Threat to Florida Bean Crops
  • Do the New Food Safety Standards Apply to Your Farm?
  • Historically Low Florida Citrus Production Forecast
  • Disease Alert: Citrus Greening and Asian Citrus Psyllids found in the Panhandle
  • Pecan Harvest Equipment Demonstration Video
  • Horticulture

    Cassava – A Crop for the Back Forty

    Cassava, also called yuca (not to be confused with the ornamental plant Yucca), tapioca, or manioc in other regions of the world, is a tropical root crop native to South America.  Cassava belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family, which is known for plants with milky sap and includes plants like poinsettias and spurge.  The cassava root is …

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    UF Sugar Belle Citrus Variety more Tolerant to Greening

    Brad Buck, UF/IFAS News

    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 discovered that a mandarin hybrid developed by colleagues contains cellular activity – …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/19/uf-sugar-belle-citrus-variety-more-tolerant-to-greening/

    Cowpea Curculio Outbreak Anticipated after Mild Winter

    Peas are a staple food throughout the South.  Whether you prefer southern peas, cowpeas, or blackeye peas, they are all under threat from the cowpea curculio, also known locally as pea weevils.  With the mild winter this year, growers can anticipate that cowpea curculios may show up much earlier in the season, with a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/12/cowpea-curculio-outbreak-anticipated-after-mild-winter/

    Where to Start with Marketing Fresh Produce?

    The local food movement has grown tremendously over the past several years. People have become more interested in how their food is produced and where it comes from. New farms have popped up to try to satisfy this demand. You might be one of these new farmers and you probably chose to take this endeavor …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/28/where-to-start-with-marketing-fresh-produce/

    Start Preparing Now for Whiteflies this Fall in Vegetable Crops

    I realize that most vegetable producers have just settled into their spring crops, everything is well on its way, and you can put it on maintenance mode for a few weeks. But before long, if you haven’t already, it will be time to make plans for fall crops. This is where I challenge you to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/21/start-preparing-now-for-whiteflies-this-fall-in-vegetable-crops/

    Oriental Bean Thrips: A Potential Threat to Florida Bean Crops

    Joe Funderburk, NFREC-UF/IFAS, Professor of Entomology

    Megalurothrips is an Old World genus of thrips associated with the flowers of legumes (Fabaceae), with one species in Africa and twelve species in Asia. The Oriental bean thrips, Megalurothrips distalis, was first collected in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee in 2008. This is a large …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/07/oriental-bean-thrips-a-potential-threat-to-florida-bean-crops/

    Do the New Food Safety Standards Apply to Your Farm?

    If you are a produce farmer, you should have heard about the Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, by now. This act, which was passed in 2011, is considered the largest update to food safety regulation in over 80 years.

    The proposed produce safety rule under the FSMA is very robust, establishing the minimum …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/31/do-the-new-food-safety-standards-apply-to-your-farm/

    Historically Low Florida Citrus Production Forecast

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam released the following statement on March 9, 2017 after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2016-2017 season, which is down four-percent from the February forecast:

    Although not unexpected, today’s historically …

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    Disease Alert: Citrus Greening and Asian Citrus Psyllids found in the Panhandle

    F. Iriarte, X. Martini, M. Paret, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) Quincy, and E. Lovestrand, UF/IFAS Franklin Co. Extension

    Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as Yellow Shoot or Citrus Greening is a devastating disease of citrus worldwide. The disease is caused by a bacteria named Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus. This bacterium is transmitted …

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    Pecan Harvest Equipment Demonstration Video

    The Texas Pecan Short Course is an annual, four day training offered by Texas A&M University. The short course teaches pecan orchard managers and prospective pecan growers how to plant, grow, harvest, and market pecans. A harvest equipment demonstration is one of the hands-on activities offered during this training. The following video that provides …

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