RSS Vegetable & Specialty Crop News

  • Tempering Expectations for the Future of Organic
    A new report from Rabobank is tempering expectations for organic production as growth in the sector is beginning to slow.  The six-page report “Organic Produce Premiums Under Pressure,” notes that organic food sales grew an average of ten percent per year between 2010 and 2016.  However, the previous two years’ growth was only tracked at […]
  • Can a Lower Rate of Hydrogen Cyanamide be Used in Peaches?
    By Tripti Vashisth and Bikash Adhikari The Florida peach industry has an advantage of producing fruit in the early-market window before Georgia and South Carolina fruit hits the market. CHILL HOUR ACCUMULATION Mild winters and fluctuating temperatures in fall continue to be some of the biggest challenges for peach production in Florida. Peach trees are […]
  • Wildflowers Help Watermelon Pollinators
    By Karla Arboleda For greater fruit quantity and quality, growers can use wildflowers to attract watermelon pollinators. That’s what Miriam Jenkins, a graduate of Clemson University’s Wildlife and Fisheries Biology program, determined from her recent study. For pollinator-dependent crops like watermelon, adding certain wildflowers to the surrounding landscape helps create a better area for pollinators […]

RSS News from Citrus Industry

  • Citrus Research Facility Opening Set
    Sept. 26 will be the official opening day for a new bio-safety citrus research facility at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). A ribbon-cutting ceremony and other activities are scheduled to highlight the day. Members of the California Citrus Research Foundation, California Citrus Mutual (CCM) and the Citrus Research Board will be in attendance. The […]
  • Payne Picked for 2019 Florida 500 List
    Jack Payne, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) senior vice president of agriculture and natural resources, earned a spot on this year’s Florida 500, Florida Trend Magazine’s second annual list of the state’s most influential business leaders. Eighteen agricultural sector leaders made the list. “My recognition is really a reflection of […]
  • Sugar Belle® Shows Potential in Orange Juice Processing
    By Yu Wang, Charles Sims, Zhifeng Gao, Lisa House, Frederick Gmitter and Jude Grosser The citrus industry has faced significant declines in both production and consumption during the huanglongbing (HLB) era. For example, Florida orange production has dropped about 70 percent over the last two decades. In the absence of effective interventions, the spread of HLB […]