Blackberries in Florida and California Table-Grape Promotion
**Blackberries could become an important alternative fruit crop in Florida, according to University of
Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
UF researcher, Zhanao Deng and his team won a $76,000 award from the UF/IFAS Research office and plan to decrease obstacles so the blackberry sector can flourish.
Deng says blackberries have emerged as an important alternative crop and many Florida farmers are interested in growing it.
**The state of California is looking to build on the success of the Grower Shipper Association of Central California’s quarantined housing program with an expanded statewide effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in rural areas.
Governor Gavin Newsom tells thepacker.com the new Housing for the Harvest program will provide safe, temporary isolation spaces for farm workers who test positive or were exposed to the virus.
That, he says should limit the risk of spreading COVID-19.
**Traditionally, cover crops have been planted to help improve soil health, reduce rain runoff and prevent invasive weed species.
But, according to agweb.com, while these environmental benefits are great, some farmers have started to grow cover crops for … feed production
Tough growing conditions wreaked havoc on traditional feed sources last summer, leaving many with poor feed quality and reduced yield. But, some producers were able to take advantage of prevent plant acres to make up for some of the lost forage.