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5/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
The Q-biotype whitefly, a significant tropical and subtropical pest, may threaten Florida crops and ornamentals if immediate measures are not taken to prevent its spread. Read more on the whitefly threat from this Southeast Farm Press article.

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5/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
Despite hopes for a drenching from El Niño, California farmers are facing another drought year in 2016. Even after four years of the worst drought on record, California farm output was a record $54 billion in 2015, accounting for more than half of the nation's fresh produce. Read more on the importance of irrigation technology from this Vegetable Grower News article.

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5/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
Mechanized agriculture is the process of using agricultural machinery to mechanize work, greatly increasing productivity. Read more on the mechanization from this Vegetable Grower News article.

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5/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
A Japanese research group has identified the enzymes that change the grassy odor of plants into a sweeter "green" fragrance. This discovery can potentially be used to grow sweet tomatoes with less of a grassy odor. Read more on the findings from this Fresh Plaza article.

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5/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
University of California Cooperative Extension Specialist Jeff Mitchell is leading a study of overhead irrigation systems to see how the technology will work in various crops grown in in the Golden State. Results are mostly encouraging for many of the crops studied. Read more on the study from this Western Farm Press article.

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5/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
As predicted last week, Rick Foster has received a number of reports of damage to various vegetables from the root and seed maggots. These pests need to be managed preventively. Read more on its management from this Vegetable Crops Hotline article.

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5/26/2016 12:00:00 AM
The Q-biotype whitefly, a significant tropical and subtropical pest, may threaten Florida crops such as tomatoes, squash, beans, watermelons and many other vegetables and ornamentals if immediate measures are not taken to prevent its spread. Read more on the threat from this Panhandle Ag e-News article.

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5/26/2016 12:00:00 AM
Recent cool weather increases the occurrence of zippering on high tunnel tomatoes. We observed at least 20% of developing fruit (most on the first and second flower clusters) on the variety Mountain Spring showed the zippering symptoms in our high tunnel. Read more on tomato zippering from this Vegetable Crops Hotline article.

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5/26/2016 12:00:00 AM
Rounds, Romas, Cherry and Grape Tomato: Expect to see steady declines in winter crop product out of Central Mexico over the next several weeks while summer production begins to pick up speed. Excellent quality...tomatoes are beautiful right now!! Firm, ripe and full red tomatoes are ready for shipping out of east (Palmetto and Quincy) also expect to see other Eastern growing areas to ramp up over the next 10-14 days only improving availability. We expect to see abundant supply, particularly in round tomatoes over the next 4 to 6 weeks for the entire category. New Crop in the west from Baja California shipping through Otay Mesa will also continue to improve.

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5/25/2016 12:00:00 AM
The recent cool and cloudy weather has influenced conditions in the field as well as in greenhouses and high tunnels. I have observed more Botrytis gray mold of tomatoes in greenhouses this spring than usual. This is due in part to the weather. This Vegetable Crops Hotline article discusses this disease on tomatoes and some management options.

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