The Pollinating Power of Bumble Bees

The Pollinating Power of Bumble Bees

  There are five social species of bumble bees (Bombus spp.) native to Florida, and each is an important pollinator throughout the state. European honeybees provide about 85 percent of our pollinating activity that is vital for supplying one-quarter to one-third...
June 7 Watermelon Crop Update

June 7 Watermelon Crop Update

UF/IFAS Extension Suwannee Valley Weekly Watermelon Crop Update. These updates are summarized by Bob Hochmuth with input from Suwannee Valley Extension Agents: Mark Warren, Tyler Pittman, Tatiana Sanchez, Luke Harlow, Jay Capasso, Sylvia Wills, Dan Fenneman, Keith...
Cedar Apple Rust Has Arrived on Fruit Trees

Cedar Apple Rust Has Arrived on Fruit Trees

This past week has been dry, but we’ve already had an abundance of rain this year.  Wet conditions are conducive to fungal disease.  One disease that is starting to show up is cedar apple rust.   – As you would expect, cedar apple rust is a member of...
Friday Feature:  Miracle Fruit for Chemo Patients

Friday Feature: Miracle Fruit for Chemo Patients

There is a tropical fruit that can be grown in Florida called miracle fruit or miracle berry, that has a very interesting benefit for cancer patients undergoing chemo treatment.  This tropical berry from West Africa can make sour things temporarily taste sweet, but...