If Not Disease, Then What? Abiotic Vegetable Disorders

If Not Disease, Then What? Abiotic Vegetable Disorders

Every spring and summer I perform site visits to vegetable growers to diagnose plant problems. This summer is no different, but I have found several instances of plant disorders that look like disease or insect damage, but really are not. Whenever a problem is found...
2022 Watermelon Field Day – May 3

2022 Watermelon Field Day – May 3

The Watermelon Field Day will be held at the Watson’s Farm near Trenton, Florida on May 3rd, 2022. The Field Day will begin at 6:00pm (EST) at one of the Watson fields near the intersection of NW 60th Avenue and NW 165th Street, southwest of Trenton. Dinner will be...
Friday Feature:  Agrivoltaics – Farming Under Solar Panels

Friday Feature: Agrivoltaics – Farming Under Solar Panels

This week’s featured video was published by Matt Ferrell to talk about Agrivoltaics.  I have had several people ask me about the concept of farming or grazing under solar panels.  With the push to seek alternative energy sources, solar farms are buying up farm...
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...
Emerging Vegetable Alternatives for the Panhandle

Emerging Vegetable Alternatives for the Panhandle

Are you a farmer looking to try something new?  Or maybe you just acquired some land and want to put it to good use to earn a profit.  There are so many options that can work in the Panhandle; your specific situation will determine which options are realistic for...
Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke) – A Crop for the Back Forty

Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke) – A Crop for the Back Forty

Thanksgiving is next week, Christmas is next month, and spring is just around the corner.  A mostly forgotten crop that can be planted in early spring is the Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus L.), also known as a sunchoke and not to be confused with a globe...