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Official Flower of the Month of June

Roses are red, Violets are blue. Cathy Isom has a little rich history and meaning for you about the official flower of the month of June. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.     The official flower of the month of June is the rose. A flower most people associate with love, passion, beauty, and perfection. The rose …

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Miami-Dade County Nursery Grower Named Florida Farmer of the Year

A Homestead nursery operator has received a prestigious honor for his business success and contributions to his community. Earlier this month a panel of judges selected Mark Wilson as Florida’s top farmer for 2017. Officially titled the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo, Florida Farmer of the Year, the award recognizes Wilson for his innovative practices as a nursery grower, as a …


National Water a Flower Day

If it wasn’t for the flower, our world would be a very barren place to live. Cathy Isom has the yearly reminder to show flowers how much we appreciate them. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.   Tuesday, May 30th is National Water a Flower Day. And not just one flower, all of your treasured flowers and household garden …


Giving Gardeners Information on Potting Media for Trees and Shrubs

With spring here, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in Alabama have some timely advice for gardeners and homeowners who buy shrubs or trees. Their insight comes from a cooperative study with Auburn University scientists focused on the effects of pine bark and other types of potting media used with many potted shrubs and woody ornamentals. Pine bark is considered …


USDA Investigating Unapproved GE Petunias

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services is investigating imported unapproved genetically modified petunias. USDA says the GE petunias produce various hues of orange, red and purple colored flowers. The petunias have been imported into the U.S. from Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, South America, as well as the countries of Australia, Israel and Mexico, and …

UF Faculty Help Keep Palm Trees Part of Florida’s Fabric

by Brad Buck University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences When you come to Florida, you anticipate seeing palm trees. They’re part of the Florida landscape – whether they’re native or imported. They also bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a year in sales alone, so Monica Elliott has worked for more than 30 years to make …

Wet ‘Dry Season’ Damaged Valuable Ornamentals

by Brad Buck, University of Florida/IFAS Florida’s winters are usually dry, but the wet winter of 2015-2016 helped spread pathogens that destroyed ornamental plants in Miami-Dade County. That’s a problem in an area where the industry generated an estimated $998 million annually in sales in 2015, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers say.

Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 17, 2017

In our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending March 17th, we have an update concerning avian influenza, when damage assessments to certain crops might be available after this week’s freeze event, cabbage, weather damage to pecan trees,

Help the Bees

Continuing her series on pollinators, Cathy Isom gives us five ways to help out some magnificent creatures that are vital to our food supply. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.