Field Tours

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Hands down, the field tours are among the most popular features of the Florida Ag ExpoSM. Led by a team of UF/IFAS researchers, you will see for yourself the latest developments from the plots adjacent to the GCREC, which are home to multiple studies covering the gamut of new varieties, crop protection methods, water conservation, and more.

Tractors and wagons will be making rounds to pick up or drop off attendees at the tour stops every 15 minutes.

Field Tour Stops

Vegetable Pathology
Gary Vallad, UF/IFAS, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

  • Demonstration of strategies for managing Fusarium wilt of tomato.
  • Fungicide programs for the management of target spot.
  • Fungicide programs for the management of downy mildew and powdery mildew on cucurbit crops.
  • Management of tomato bacterial leaf spot during transplant production.

Weed Science
Gary Vallad, UF/IFAS, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

  • Weed control in vegetables with fumigants
  • Precision herbicide application

Nematology
Johan Desaeger, UF/IFAS, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

  • Nematode Management in vegetables with fumigants and/or nematicides (with Joe Noling, UF/IFAS)
  • Performance of nematode-resistant tomato cultivars

Breeding
Sam Hutton, UF/IFAS, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

  • Tour will showcase some of the latest UF/IFAS and commercial hybrids, alongside several proven varieties that are industry standards.
  • The tour will also include virus-inoculated demonstrations plots of hybrids with TYLCV resistance.

Horticulture
Shinsuke Agehara, UF/IFAS, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

  • Artichoke field tour will showcase several trials to develop artichoke as a viable alternative crop in Florida.
  • Tour of Hop field trial (with Zhanao Deng)

Horticulture
Zhanao Deng, UF/IFAS, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

  • Alternative crops for Florida: Pomegranate & Blackberry

Postharvest Quality 
Steve Sargent, Jeff Brecht, Mark Ritenour, Jerry Bartz, and Adrian Berry, UF/IFAS

  • Post-harvest disorders of Fruits and Vegetables

Vegetable Entomology
Hugh Smith & Justin Renkema

  • Hands-on training in the identification of key pests of horticultural crops (whiteflies, spider mites, thrips and others) will be offered during a 75 minute training session in the Vegetable entomology laboratory, using hand lens, microscope and live specimens.

Vegetable & Small Fruit Pathology
Natalia Peres, Jim Mertely & Gary Vallad

  • Hands-on training in the identification of key diseases of small fruit and vegetable crops will be offered during morning and afternoon training sessions (75 minutes each). Participants will learn to recognize key symptoms and signs associated with each disease.