In this Issue:
  • Explore Local Agriculture on the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Pre-Conference Tour
  • When Should You Prune Fruit Trees?
  • Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference – February 19 & 20
  • Panhandle Satsuma Workshop – February 27
  • Friday Feature: The Domestication of Fruits and Vegetables
  • Friday Feature: UF Ag Students Pitch In with Irma Recovery
  • Where to Start with Marketing Fresh Produce?
  • Late Winter Citrus Management Considerations
  • Persimmon Problems this Fall
  • Oriental Persimmon: For the Specialty Fruit Market
  • Fruit

    Explore Local Agriculture on the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Pre-Conference Tour

    Explore Local Agriculture at the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Pre-Conference Tour

    Come explore local farms, markets, and centers of agricultural research in West Florida and South Alabama during the 2018 Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Pre-Conference Tour and Conference, February 19 and 20, hosted by UF/IFAS Extension.

    On Monday, February 19, from 1 p.m. …

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    When Should You Prune Fruit Trees?

    Every winter season in the Florida Panhandle is different. It can be wet or dry, frigid cold or unseasonably warm. We may have early frosts and early springs, or cold snaps in late march after fruit trees flower.  Because of this variability, it is impossible to predict the perfect time to prune fruit crops in …

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    Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference – February 19 & 20

    Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference  The Pre-Conference Tour will be on Monday, February 19. The Conference Education Sessions will be on Tuesday, February 20. Conference Location

    • University of West Florida – Pensacola, FL

    Activities

    • Pre-Conference –  Farm, Research, and Marketing Tour
    • Tradeshow
    • Educational Tracks …

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    Panhandle Satsuma Workshop – February 27

    Panhandle Satsuma Workshop Cherokee Satsumas’ Packing House Tuesday, February 27 1525 Fairview Rd, Marianna, FL SCHEDULE (Central Time)

    • 7:30  Registration & Meet with Vendors
    • 8:00  Update on the North Florida Citrus Industry – Matt Lollar, UF/IFAS Jackson County
    • 8:20  Mite Control in Citrus – Philip …

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    Friday Feature: The Domestication of Fruits and Vegetables

    This week’s featured video shares the unique history of domestication of five familiar fruits and vegetables.  The video produced by Business Insider shows how farmers and scientists have been modifying genes for thousands of years through natural breeding and selection.  The video highlights the domestication of watermelon, banana, eggplant, carrot, and corn.  It is …

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    Friday Feature: UF Ag Students Pitch In with Irma Recovery

    Last week the featured video highlighted the terrible damage to the Citrus Industry in Southwest Florida caused by Hurricane Irma.  The damage from this storm was immense, but people all over the state are banding together to help people in need.  This week’s featured video, published by UF/IFAS News, shares how more than 200 …

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    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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    Late Winter Citrus Management Considerations

    Both niche market farmers and home gardeners may be uncertain about late winter management of Satsuma trees.  Several questions that have come in to the Extension Office recently include: Should I prune my trees? Why are the leaves yellow? How soon should I fertilize?  The focus of this article is to provide some answers to …

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    Persimmon Problems this Fall

     

    Japanese persimmons are a real treat in the Fall, and for those who enjoy growing fruit, they are a relatively problem free option.  The tree can reach 30 feet tall, if planted in full sun and well drained soils that receive ample moisture.  The orange-yellow fruit really makes a great show in the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/28/persimmon-problems-this-fall/

    Oriental Persimmon: For the Specialty Fruit Market

    A recent visit to the North Florida Research and Education Center reminded me of the potential of a specialty fruit that is often forgotten about in Northwest Florida, the Oriental persimmon. The Oriental, or Japanese, persimmon (Diospyros kaki) was introduced to the Southern United States in the mid to late 1800s. Although it is native to …

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