In this Issue:
  • Friday Feature: Pickle Cucumber Harvest
  • Managing Greenhouse Insect Pests through Exclusion Techniques
  • Featured Video: UF/IFAS Farm to City Project
  • Recap and Presentations from the Tri-State Cucurbit Workshop
  • Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Agenda Now Available!
  • Explore Local Agriculture on the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Pre-Conference Tour
  • Friday Feature: The Domestication of Fruits and Vegetables
  • Protecting Fall Vegetable Crops after the Hurricane
  • Friday Feature: Large Scale Lettuce Production on Muck Soil near Belle Glade
  • Cassava – A Crop for the Back Forty
  • Vegetables

    Friday Feature: Pickle Cucumber Harvest

    This week’s featured video was produced by a member of the Panhandle Ag Extension Team.  Matt Lollar, Horticulture Agent, Jackson County Extension, developed this video to show how those small cucumbers, that are so popular as pickles, are grown and harvested.  The farm in Jackson County that grew these cucumber pickles had a contract …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/23/friday-feature-pickle-cucumber-harvest/

    Managing Greenhouse Insect Pests through Exclusion Techniques

    Greenhouse vegetable production can help diversify your farm.  Florida possesses a competitive advantage during winter months, because of much lower heating costs compared to other states and Canada.  A major disadvantage, however, to producing greenhouse vegetables during the winter is the increased insect pest pressure at planting time (August – September).  A key insect pest …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/02/09/managing-greenhouse-insect-pests-through-exclusion-techniques/

    Featured Video: UF/IFAS Farm to City Project

    This week’s featured video was produced by the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC) to showcase the teamwork of farmers, UF/IFAS faculty and staff, FFA Chapters, Boy Scouts, food banks, and numerous community partners and sponsors that work together on the annual Farm to City project.  This cooperative effort provides 800 needy …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/02/09/featured-video-uf-ifas-farm-to-city-project/

    Recap and Presentations from the Tri-State Cucurbit Workshop

    Thank you to all those who attended the Tri-State Cucurbit Workshop held in Jackson County on January 25, 2018!  There was a great turnout with participants from Florida, Alabama, and Georgia.

    Thank you to our presenters: Dr. Mathews Paret; Dr. Melanie Kalischuck; Dr. Josh Freeman; and Dr. Peter Dittmar!  Whether you attended the workshop, or …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/02/02/recap-and-presentations-from-the-tri-state-cucurbit-workshop/

    Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Agenda Now Available!

    Join us for the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference on February 19 & 20 in Pensacola! Registration includes a farm tour, dinner after the tour, breakfast & lunch the next day, and excellent educational sessions. The complete agenda is now available.  Use your mouse or finger to “click” on the image below for full screen …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/26/panhandle-fruit-vegetable-conference-agenda-now-available/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/19/explore-local-agriculture-on-the-panhandle-fruit-and-vegetable-pre-conference-tour/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/20/friday-feature-the-domestication-of-fruits-and-vegetables/

    Protecting Fall Vegetable Crops after the Hurricane

    As if the fall season wasn’t challenging enough from a pest and disease perspective, throw in a hurricane and it gets much worse. Luckily, the storm missed most of the Panhandle. Tomato and cucurbit producing areas in Gadsden and Jackson counties likely saw the greatest impacts from Hurricane Irma. The biggest problem was the wind …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/15/protecting-fall-vegetable-crops-after-the-hurricane/

    Friday Feature: Large Scale Lettuce Production on Muck Soil near Belle Glade

    This week’s featured video was produced by Erin Freel to promote TKM Bengard Farms, Belle Glade.  This video highlights the four generations of the Basor family that produces 15 different types of lettuce and other produce in the rich, fertile muck soils just north of the Everglades.  This video highlights large scale …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/04/friday-feature-large-scale-lettuce-production-on-muck-soil-near-belle-glade/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/09/cassava-a-crop-for-the-back-forty/

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