Most updated information on Zika

If you want the most up-to-date information on the Zika virus in the U.S. go to the CDC website. The Centers for Disease Control has a plethora of information about the virus, transmission, impact on pregnant women and prevention. There is also information for specific groups, including health care providers and laboratories.

Graduate students receive grants to study sustainable ways to manage pests and support beneficials

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (Southern SARE) Administrative Council recently funded 13 projects totaling $128,290. The Graduate Student Grants program is one of the few sustainable agriculture research funding opportunities open to Master’s and PhD students enrolled at accredited institutions throughout the Southern region. Continue reading

Two Southern SARE grant opportunities coming in September

Producer Grant and On-farm Research Grant RFAs for the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program are being released in September. Check their website starting next month.

The Producer Grant is for farmers/ranchers interested in conducting a sustainable ag research project. The On-farm Research Grant is for ag professionals who work directly with farmers, and are interested in sustainable ag research.

If you’re not familiar with Southern SARE’s grants or granting process, read “How It Works” for more information. The link to the PDF document is on their home page.

If citrus greening wasn’t enough, citrus growers now have another disease to worry about

In Growing Produce

by Frank Giles

The notion that anything would knock HLB out of the headlines in the Florida citrus industry is hard to believe, but postbloom fruit drop (PFD) has grabbed the attention of growers across the state. For the past three seasons, the ailment has come back and is epidemic in some groves.

While HLB clearly enhances PFD, the problem, caused by the fungus Colletotrichum acutatum, has been around for a long time, being first formally described in Belize in 1979. The fungus will infect flowers of all species of citrus, creating orange-brown lesions in the blooms. The fruitlets will then drop leaving buttons behind. In more normal years, PFD effects Navel and Valencia, however this past season, Hamlins also were impacted. Continue reading