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Treating More Common Plant Pathogens Naturally

Dan Field Crops, Fruits, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

Common plant pathogens and how to treat them naturally. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Rust blight is easy to identify because of the hue that gives it its name. Basically, it causes rust-colored pustules on the plants it infects. It also thrives in wet weather but prefers cool temperatures rather than hot. You’ll recognize it by the …

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How to Treat Common Plant Pathogens Naturally

Dan Field Crops, Fruits, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

Common plant pathogens and how to treat them naturally. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Fungi, bacteria, viruses, and nematodes will undoubtedly show up in your garden eventually. Fortunately, there are ways to identify them and treat them with natural means. We will cover this in the next week of programs. Potato Blight was caused by one of …

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Global Group Recognizes UF/IFAS Engineer for Strawberry Spray App

Dan Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Research, Specialty Crops

(UF/IFAS) — Now that we’re knee-deep in strawberry season, many growers owe Clyde Fraisse and Natalia Peres a debt of gratitude. About a decade ago, Peres saw a need for a fungicide decision-support tool. Farmers sprayed about every week to control strawberry diseases known as anthracnose and botrytis during the growing season, which goes from November through March in Florida. …

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New Peach Rootstocks for Florida’s Sweet Peach Season

Dan Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Research, Specialty Crops

Can UF scientists help farmers perfect the Florida-grown peach for consumers? Here’s what they are up to. (UF/IFAS) — Ricardo Lesmes-Vesga aims to help farmers grow peaches in Florida’s various production regions. To that end, he aims to develop peach rootstocks specific to those areas and he believes his research findings will help growers who harvest the fruit when the …

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Global Gardeners Help UF Tomato Breeding Program

Dan Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Research, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

(UF/IFAS) — Normally, University of Florida scientists such as Harry Klee gauge the taste and aroma of their new tomatoes by letting volunteers test them at the UF Sensory Lab in Gainesville. But now, people from across the globe who grow tomatoes in their gardens can serve as citizen scientists and send flavor and growing data to Klee. In this …

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Raising Your Own Cleansing Soapnut Trees

Dan Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours

How to raise your own cleansing soapberries.  That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly soap that you can use for many applications in your home, soapnuts are an awesome option you can grow yourself. The shell, or the outer layer of the drupe, contains saponin. This creates a soaping effect when the shell …

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Farmers Gain Improved Access to Small Business Support as PPP Reopens

Dan Aquaculture, Cattle, Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Cover Crops, Dairy, Equine, Field Crops, Forestry, Fruits, Hemp, Herbs, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Peanuts, Pecans, Pollinators, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables, Wheat

(NMPF) — The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is pleased that farmers who run their operations as sole proprietors, independent contractors, or otherwise self-employed individuals will have newly expanded access as soon as today to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under changes made in the COVID stimulus package Congress approved last month. Producers who were denied PPP loans or whose …

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Unique Berry that Tastes Like a Baked Apple

Dan Fruits, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours

A unique berry that tastes like a baked apple.  That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. If you want a special berry plant to add to your garden, consider growing cloudberries. These small, rare, delicate plants produce delicious berries and take up such little space.  And, they taste like baked apples. Cloudberries are typically found in the alpine and …

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UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Virtual Workshop Available

Dan Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release

(UF/IFAS) — The UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Program launched a virtual workshop with research and program updates, available online beginning January 11 for $40. The workshop consists of a collection of pre-recorded lectures and prepared documents available for on-demand viewing. In addition to the virtual delivery, there are opportunities to engage with experts from UF/IFAS. As the two-year pilot project …

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Farmers to Families Food Box Program Purchases to Continue

Dan Beef, Corn, Dairy, Economy, Fruits, Industry News Release, Peanuts, Pork, Poultry, USDA, Vegetables, Wheat

(USDA/AMS) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will purchase an additional $1.5 billion worth of food for nationwide distribution through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. In total, USDA has distributed more than 132 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “This new round of …