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North Florida Melon Season Nearing End

Watermelon harvests are nearing an end in North Florida. It’s time to take stock of how production went this season as 80% to 90% of the region’s crop has been harvested. Bob Hochmuth, UF/IFAS Regional Specialized Extension agent in Live Oak, Florida, said farmers were satisfied with how this year transpired.
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Jennings, FLfloridapolitics.com

Federal judge halts aid to minority farmers

A judge said the program was racial discrimination. Citing racial discrimination, a federal judge in Florida ruled Thursday against a loan forgiveness program created for minority farmers under President Joe Biden‘s American Rescue Plan. In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard wrote Congress must “do away with governmentally...
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Lake Alfred, FLVSC NEWS

Packinghouse Day: Annual Citrus Event Returns In-Person This Year

The annual UF/IFAS Citrus Packinghouse Day will return as an in-person event on Aug. 26 at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, Florida. The free event will feature workshops and seminars for industry professionals. Interstate and export regulations, food safety regulations, training opportunities and postharvest fruit processing improvements highlight some of the topics of this year’s event.
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Live Oak, FLVSC NEWS

Powdery Mildew: Conditions Ripe for Disease

North Florida’s watermelon season is nearing an end in multiple fields, but one disease continues to persist. Growers in the region still need to be wary of powdery mildew disease. Bob Hochmuth, UF/IFAS Regional Specialized Extension agent in Live Oak, Florida, said in his weekly email that if growers have...
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Live Oak, FLVSC NEWS

Tasty Treat: Exceptional Quality Expected for Watermelons This Year

Ideal weather conditions contributed to “exceptional” quality of this year’s watermelon crop. That’s the expectation of two industry experts. “I think the quality this year has been outstanding,” said Bob Hochmuth, UF/IFAS Regional Specialized Extension agent in Live Oak, Florida. “Some of that is due to the climatic conditions. We had a lot of real, clear, bright sunshiny days. We didn’t have a lot of rainfall. The watermelon sampling that I’ve done in the fields has been outstanding. They’re really, really high in brix.”
Florida StateWCJB

North Florida Livestock Market bids farewell

ELLISVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -The North Florida Livestock Market in Columbia County has closed its doors for good on Friday. Casey Clemons, the general manager of the livestock market, said that they are no longer seeing the number of animals necessary to remain open compounded by a difficult 2020. The market started as a farmers co-op and had been open for more than 40 years.
Branford, FLVSC NEWS

Watermelon Prices Just Average Amid Rising Input Costs

The watermelon prices that were good, maybe, 10 years ago are not so much in the current economic climate. Branford Florida watermelon producer Laura Land estimated that current prices are approximately 18 to 20 cents per pound for 45-count seedless; roughly $126 per bin. However, the same input expenses that...
Columbia County, FLLake City Reporter

$10M of fed funds set for utilities

Infrastructure improvement is county’s top priority. Columbia County officials plan to pump at least $10 million of federal funding into addressing local infrastructure needs. Thursday afternoon county officials spent about two and a half hours in a…
Live Oak, FLVSC NEWS

Fertilization Keeps Watermelons ‘Happy’

Fertilization remains a vital part of the watermelon production season up until harvest time, says Bob Hochmuth, UF/IFAS Regional Specialized Extension agent in Live Oak, Florida. “One harvest, every five to seven days let’s say, it’s the second and the third and the potentially fourth harvest that we need to...
Lake City, FLLake City Reporter

Hydroponic greenhouse taking root

A 24-acre parcel on the north side of Lake City will soon sprout a hydroponic greenhouse. Green Life Farms announced this month plans for a 400,000 square foot greenhouse, which is expected to begin…
Florida StateVSC NEWS

North Florida to Feature More Late-Season Watermelons

North Florida watermelons will be in supply later than normal, says Branford, Florida producer Laura Land. Land, who is also a member of the Florida Watermelon Association, says there will be more late-season watermelons this year in North Florida. “The increase in acreage that I’m seeing here in the North...