In this Issue:
  • 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
  • Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Highlights
  • The Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida: The Go-to-Guide for Vegetable Farmers
  • Arthropod Pests of Strawberries
  • The Kiwano and Pepino: Crops for the Back Forty
  • Fruit

    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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    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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    Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Highlights

    The Panhandle Ag Extension Team hosted the inaugural Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference on Tuesday, October 11.  The conference featured three concurrent session tracks for participants to choose from, a keynote address on whole farm business profitability, and a locally sourced lunch cooked by the Jackson County Master Gardeners.  More than 120 people attended the …

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    The Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida: The Go-to-Guide for Vegetable Farmers

    The recently updated Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida (VPH) is the go-to-source of information on vegetable production.  So you need to know how to control leafminers in sweet potato? It is in there! Maybe you have a problem with Cercospora leaf spot in okra? Need some weed management options in tomato? That is in …

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    Arthropod Pests of Strawberries

    Evan Anderson, Walton County Agriculture Agent

    Strawberries are currently in full production, and seeing rows of beautiful berries at a u-pick operation, or flats of flawless fruits in the store makes it easy for the consumer to forget how many pests and diseases growers must deal with. Strawberries take a great deal …

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    The Kiwano and Pepino: Crops for the Back Forty

    The USDA defines specialty crops as “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” This definition is very broad and as you will soon find out, some crops are extremely special. Two crops new to me, Kiwano and Pepino, struck my interest because of their big price tags.

    The Kiwano or …

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