In this Issue:
  • 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
  • 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?
  • Potato Disease Management Starts with Monitoring Your Seed Stock
  • Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Highlights
  • Vegetables

    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/

    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/

    Potato Disease Management Starts with Monitoring Your Seed Stock

    By: Nicholas Dufault, Rebecca Barocco, and Sajeewa Amaradasa

    There have been many concerns this year with potato seed management related to the Blackleg problem, caused by Dickeya dianthicola, in the northern seed producing states (Figure 1). Seed borne diseases, such as blackleg, can go unnoticed until it is too late. Paying …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/21/potato-disease-management-starts-with-monitoring-your-seed-stock/

    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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