Strawberry growers regularly tout the red berry at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City. Now there’s a new annual event: The Bright House Networks Strawberry Picking Challenge held by Wish Farms, a third-generation Plant City strawberry shipping firm.
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We’ve got the full list of 2014 Youth Fair Winners! Congrats from all of us at CFAN!
Preserving the Future of Citrus through Environmental Stewardship The 21st century dawned on a citrus industry that was more determined than ever to preserve and sustain its cultural heritage, natural environment and ecosystems for future generations. Citrus growers continually contribute to this cause in numerous ways. 525,000 acres of Florida are used for the production
Traveling Back to 1513 and the Beginning of Florida Citrus To taste citrus today and to take in its fragrance is to taste history. Wherever citrus was planted, their aromatic blossoms lured the adventurous and innovative. In their fragrant scent we catch a remnant of the ancient civilizations, exploration, and discovery. Though once believed to
The Rise of Nutrient Application Technology and the Market for Juice When the citrus industry first began in the mid-1800s, there was limited understanding of citrus nutritional requirements. The growers and nurserymen had a basic knowledge for the need of macronutrients like nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K), for healthy grove development. These were
A Look Back at the Roots of Citrus Variety Development and Disease Management Citrus varieties have changed through the years with intricate and thoughtful cultivation. Prior to the Great Freeze, Dr. H.J. Webber and Mr. Walter T. Swingle of the United States Department of Agriculture founded the Subtropical Laboratory at Eustis, Florida in 1892. There
From Past to Present: Environmental Stewardship through Irrigation Methods and Cold Protection The northeastern citrus production never fully recovered from the Great Freeze of 1894-95 and during their rehabilitation another damaging freeze occurred in 1899. The crippling devastation forced growers to relocate to Central Florida and southward, seeking out warmer climates in what is known
Blueberry fans may be interested in a recent TV segment from the Florida Channel that focused on the history of the University of Florida Blueberry Breeding Program, as well as those of a couple other major commodities produced in the state: http://thefloridachannel.org/video/seeds-of-change/
| CFAN September/October 2013 Web Exclusive Feature | Agriculture students in the Lakeland area have excelled in a variety of areas outside the traditional scope of agriculture. Students in Kathleen Sr. and Lake Gibson Middle School FFA chapters have accomplished major feats this year in the areas of Agriscience Research, Parliamentary Procedure and Supervised Agricultural
| CFAN August/September 2013 Web Exclusive Feature | A lot of people today use smartphones and mobile app technology to have up-to-date information right at their fingertips, but not every profession, Clyde Fraisse notes, has been quick to embrace these advances. For one thing, even though there are now smartphone apps specifically made for rural