Don Harden: The Farmers Ability to Use Drip Irrigation

Pros and Cons to Drip Irrigation

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I discussed how irrigation is an important component of any farm. Drip irrigation is one of the most popular precision irrigation methods, and many Florida farmers are looking to utilize it on their farms. However, to make the best choice for your operation, you’ll need to consider the advantages and disadvantages of drip irrigation.  I explored the factors you should consider when choosing an irrigation management option, and the pros and cons of a drip system in the column. See them below from the perspective of a Florida grower interested in precision irrigation.
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A Look at an Alternative Florida Crop: Artichokes

Explore the prospect of artichokes as an up-and-coming alternative Florida crop.

Florida is one of the leading states for agriculture in the U.S., as the sunshine and warm temperatures that earned the nickname ‘The Sunshine State’ are what most crops are looking for. Most crops. Until now, the delicious and nutritious artichoke has not fared well in Florida, mainly due to the artichoke’s need for ‘chill hours,’ or a certain number of hours of cold weather in order to bloom and grow the edible flowers. However, one University of Florida professor believes he has the key to bringing this lucrative crop to Florida as the next alternative crop. Read the details of his research, and the attractions of artichokes as an alternative Florida crop, below.
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Don Harden: A Look at the History of Citrus and Florida Limes

Florida limes are making a comeback in The Sunshine State.

Florida is well-known for its citrus production, and it used to be well-known for its lime fruit production, too. In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I explored the story of Florida limes, including how Florida citrus growers are giving Florida limes another shot. Limes were once so plentiful in South Florida that one of the varieties grown here was known as a Key lime because it was grown around the Florida Keys. Find out below what happened to Florida limes, and why the tart, green citrus fruit is again looking like a good crop for Florida citrus growers.Read More


Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference

Florida agriculture’s future leaders will be at the Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference this July 14th-16th.

Like most state’s ag industries, Florida’s agriculture industry needs young farmers interested in stepping into the boots of the state’s retiring farmers and ranchers. It’s one reason why the Florida Farm Bureau—like state Farm Bureaus all over the country—hosts a Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference. The Florida Farm Bureau’s YF&R Leadership Conference is slated for this July 14th-16th at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. Explore the offerings of this annual event below.Read More


A Look at Leading Florida Alternative Crops: Pomegranates

Discover a leader in Florida alternative crops: pomegranates.

Florida has a long growing season, and a lot of different crops grow well in The Sunshine State’s tropical and subtropical climate. Growers and producers are always on the lookout for Florida alternative crops, and pomegranates may just be the next big thing. Explore the potential of this leader in specialty crops, below.Read More


A Can’t Miss if You’re in the Florida Cattle Industry: the FCA Annual Convention

The Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Convention is a can’t-miss event if you’re in the Florida cattle industry.

If you’re in the Florida cattle industry, you’re likely headed to the Annual Convention of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, scheduled for Tuesday, June 20th through Thursday, June 22nd at the Hilton Buena Vista Palace in Orlando, Florida. It’s a can’t-miss event for those in Florida’s cattle industry; explore a sampling of the benefits below for those in Florida cattle production.Read More


Don Harden: Celebrating the Country’s Favorite Melon This Watermelon Season

Explore the stats of the nation’s watermelon season.

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I talked about a major Florida crop commodity: watermelons. Florida has a long watermelon season that produces melons for about six months out of the year. They lead the country in production, with watermelon farmers in Florida producing 18 percent of the nation’s watermelon crop. However, the Sunshine State isn’t the only one that contributes to the country’s watermelon market. Read interesting statistics about watermelons below.Read More


Power of 10: A Line of Credit Solution

When it comes to fighting ag pests or disease, a line of credit solution may be just what the experts ordered.

The ag industry has a long list of challenges, and a pest or disease attacking a crop is definitely high on that list. Dealing with ag pests like insects and disease takes time, patience, and money to implement the steps recommended by research and experts. Unfortunately, not all growers and producers have the cash on-hand to invest in the changes, replanting, or other steps recommended by experts. That’s where a line of credit solution comes in. With AgAmerica’s 10-year line of credit, growers and producers can get the cash needed to combat a pest or disease, as well as a decade to repay and recover. Explore a few examples below.Read More


AgAmerica Honors the Baseball Farm Team Tradition

AgAmerica Lending is hitting one out of the park and honoring the baseball farm team tradition with a softball team.

Baseball is America’s favorite pastime, and it’s loved and played by millions the world over. AgAmerica is proud to honor that love of the game by sponsoring a softball team through the City of Lakeland Sports Summer Softball league. Explore the history of baseball farm teams and find out more about AgAmerica’s own softball team.Read More


Florida Aquaculture – A Look at Farm-Raised Fish

Discover the farm-raised fish of Florida’s aquaculture industry.

Florida’s aquaculture industry spans a wide array of operations, from raising fish and animals for the pet industry to raising and harvesting an array of fish and seafood for consumption. Farm-raised fish are a large part of Florida’s aquaculture industry. We already covered the alligator industry portion of Florida’s aquaculture in an earlier blog; explore the details of the farm-raised fish sector below.Read More


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