Posts Tagged ‘UF/IFAS’

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Assessing the Data for New Business Development Opportunities in the Peach Industry

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Georgia South Carolina North Carolina Florida
Acres of Production 10,000 14,000 1,200 1,300
Production Measured in Tons 40.6 68.9 5.4 3.5
Prices Received Measured in $/Ton $1,040 $1,070 $1,320 $2,666
Value (Million $) $42,224 $73,723 $7,128 $9,331
Source: USDA NASS Survey – Year 2015
Estimates based on US IFAS Stats

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FAWN Tools to Help Florida Orchardists Make Decisions that Save Resources

The Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN), a program of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) uses data from its network of 42 stations for a variety of weather-related tools that can aid Florida growers in making irrigation and cold protection decisions.  Growers rely on FAWN weather data to monitor current conditions, and FAWN tools for making decisions related to irrigation, freeze protection, and chemical application.  FAWN has been proven very useful in helping growers save both water and dollars.  For example, UF/IFAS estimates that the use of FAWN tools on cold nights can potentially generate savings of millions of dollars and billions of gallons of water statewide.   Read More…


Editor’s Note: A Recent Collaborative Effort Between Clemson and UF

Mutant strains of peach anthracnose can mean big problems for growers.  These diseases can be difficult to control with standard pesticides like Abound, Topsin M, Scala, and others.  Researchers at Clemson University, including Dr. Guido Schnabel, are not going to let pathogens get the best of growers though.  They have been testing the efficacy of fungicides to determine how best to control new diseases as they crop up.  This research helps determine when Inspire Super or Orbit is the best pesticide to use, or if you should mix Orbit with Inspire Super. Read More…


Combatting Fungicide Resistance in Strawberry Nurseries

UF/IFAS and Clemson University use peach research to benefit strawberry industry

Sweet, succulent strawberries have to start out somewhere, and that generally means the nursery. Before they make it onto shelves throughout the U.S. and the world from fields in Florida and California, they have to survive and thrive. Proper care in the nursery will lead to healthy, productive plants in the growers’ fields. Unfortunately, early introduction of pesticides and fungicides can result in disease resistant plants making it into the fields. A joint research project between the University of Florida and Clemson University in South Carolina seeks to eradicate this problem. Read More…