Friday Feature:  Harvest CROO Robotic Strawberry Picker

Friday Feature: Harvest CROO Robotic Strawberry Picker

This week’s featured videos were produced by Channel 10 Tampa Bay News and Harvest CROO Robotics to demonstrate new technology that will soon be available for strawberry growers to replace hand labor.  The Harvest CROO looks like a motorhome with tractor tires...
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...
Consider Strawberry Production this Fall

Consider Strawberry Production this Fall

As the alternating cycles of sun, heat and rain shape our summer days, I start thinking about cooler times ahead and the fall planting season. One plant to consider for cool-season producton are strawberries. Planting strawberries in the fall is really an exercise in...
Hydroponic Vegetable Production

Hydroponic Vegetable Production

If you are considering diversifying your farm, or simply planning to grow more produce at home, then you may want to give hydroponic production a try.  Basically, hydroponic production is the growing of crops without soil.  This can be achieved through several...
New Phone App Connects Beekeepers and Growers

New Phone App Connects Beekeepers and Growers

Source: Pollination Network Pollination Network, a mobile app that helps local farmers and growers find bees and beekeepers, launched this week in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The app helps beekeepers to find jobs with nearby growers, and it allows...