UGA Horticulture Department

Five Hort/PBGG Graduate Students Awarded at the Southern Region ASHS Meeting

Congratulations are in order for five of our graduates students whom have been recognized for their research at the the 2017 Southern Region meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science. The annual meeting was held in Mobile, Alabama this past February, 2017. Awardees included:

Mary Sutton (Outstanding Undergrad paper Award) Texture Evaluations of Southern Highbush and Rabbiteye Blueberry Varieties. Catherine Belisle(Outstanding MS paper Award) Peaches in Georgia: Finding out what Consumer Want,  Suzanne Stone (Outstanding PhD paper award) The Impact of Weeding, Planting Density and Growth Habit on Watermelon Yield in an Organic System, Lauren Redpath (Outstanding MS poster competition) Microscopic Analysis of Cold Hardiness in Southern Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L. interspecific hybrid) Floral Buds., and Bruno Casamali (Outstanding PhD student award), UGA was represented well at this meeting, and the students are to be commended for their fine research endeavors,

Students participate in Georgia Organics Conference

More than 20 UGA students, including 9 from the Horticulture Dept., attended the 20th annual Georgia Organics Conference held in Atlanta from Feb 17-18th. Undergraduate and graduate students presented research posters, attended educational sessions and participated in talks ranging from ‘Seed Varieties for Organic Growers’, ‘Management of Disease and Pests in Squash Production’ and ‘Cool Season Vegetables Under High Tunnels’. Scholarships were provided by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, The Hartel Family and Horticulture Professors Berle, Knauft and O’Connell.

Students in attendance included: Taylor Cotton*, Emma Courson, Lindsay Davies*, Noelle Joy Fuller, Theekshana Jayalath*, Teri Raskusin, Sara Schwartz, Suzanne Stone and Jean O’Hara Yost *recently graduated

The Durham Horticulture Farm Featured in Banner Herald News!

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Organic Horticulture was in the spotlight last week! Here is an excerpt from Lee Shearer, an editor for the Athens Banner Herald. “A light but steady stream of visitors came out to the University of Georgia’s Organic Twilight Tour in Oconee County last week to see and hear about what’s new in organic agriculture.  The fifth annual “Organic Twilight Tour” at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’Durham Horticulture Farm drew visitors from all over Georgia as well as surrounding states.  As they walked among the rows of vegetable and fruit plants at the farm off Hog Mountain Road near Watkinsville, they got to talk to UGA researchers about their latest organic agriculture research. They also got to sample three kinds of watermelon grown at the farm, and could pick up some tips useful for both full-scale organic farmers and gardeners tending a vegetable patch in a corner of their yards.  In one display, visitors could see close-up pieces of equipment that could help on a small organic farm, including a tined weeder, a no-till seed drill and a rotary spader that readies soil for planting”   From this description, one can tell it was a great tour and something that should be planned for next year!  For more information, here is the link to that article!

http://onlineathens.com/mobile/2016-07-17/uga-opens-oconee-farm-organic-tour

Photo Credit: Athens Banner Herald Staff Photographer

5th Annual Organic Farming Twilight Tour (July 14th, 6-8pm)

Organic and sustainable agriculture experts with the University of Georgia will host their 5th annual Organic Twilight Tour. The open house will be a chance for farmers and gardeners to learn about organic research trials being conducted at the Horticulture Research Farm located in Watkinsville. Researchers and students will give mini-talks, describe demonstration plots, and be available to discuss your questions about the latest organic practices. FREE event, no registration required.

Stations Include:
High Tunnels
Squash Disease
Cover Crops
Organic Watermelon Production
Small Farm Irrigation Equipment
Apple Management
Nitrogen from Organic Fertilizers

DATE:
Thursday, July 14th, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

LOCATION:
UGA Horticulture Farm
1221 Hog Mountain Rd.
Watkinsville, GA 30677

INFORMATION:
SustainAgGA.org or contact Jessica Cudnik at sustainag@uga.edu or
(706)-542-8084

Athens Farmers Market Assists Student Research Efforts on Local Vegetable Production

Do you ever shop at the Athens Farmers Market? If so, you may have been recently approached by TC Jayalath, a current Horticulture Graduate student, and asked to participate in a consumer survey about locally-grown, organic lettuce. More than 125 shoppers shared information about their buying habits, taste preferences and the visual appeal of lettuce grown at the UGA Horticulture Research Farm this spring. We would like to thank the farmers market, the shoppers and S-SARE (funding agency) for making this effort a fun and great success!

Athens Farmers Market Customers Volunteer to Talk about and Eat Lettuce on a Sat. morning!

Recent alumna, Hannah Bundy to join NC Extension Service

Hannah Bundy assists with Dr. O'Connell's organic vegetable researchCongratulations to Hannah Bundy a recent graduate (2015’) of the Horticulture Dept. and Certificate Program in Organic Agriculture who has accepted a position with the NC Cooperative Extension Service. She will be joining the Rutherford County Extension Service as their Horticulture Extension Agent and is looking forward to working with master gardeners, home owners and commercial producers as well as organizing the county farmers market. We wish her all the best!

 

Dr. Harry Mills Published 4th Edition!

drmillsDr. Harry Mills, retired professor from our department has just published the 4th edition of his Plant Analysis Handbook.  This is an extremely useful reference that provides the nutritional norms for most horticultural crop foliage.  It is the industry standard in most sub-fields of horticulture.  For more information, please click on the PDF File attached.

 

 

PAH E book IV pdf

UGA Alum, Charlie McKenzie ’13 Featured on FloraDaily.Com

biobest3Mr. Charles McKenzie has recent been featured on the web site FloraDaily.com.  Charlie had an article he published on greenhouse Biocontrol at Tagawa Enterprises, where he manages the biocontrol program.  Here is a link for interested readers to learn about biocontrol:  http://www.floraldaily.com/article/2126/Tagawa-spearheads-biocontrol-in-North-American-ornamentals   Charlie will be coming to the UGA campus to interview students interested in becoming a professional grower, and will be speaking about plug production to our Hort 4050 Greenhouse Management Class.  Nice to see our alumni sharing their knowledge and publishing!

Graduate Student TC Jayalath, Wins Grant for Organic Lettuce Research

Theekshana (TC) Jayalath, a graduate student in the UGA Horticulture Department, recently received a grant from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (S-SARE) program. The $11,000 award will help fund his research project entitled, “Evaluation of High Tunnel Systems for Spring Organic Lettuce Production in Georgia”. His project was 1 of 13 graduate student grants awarded by the S-SARE Administrative Council and the only one representing Georgia this year. TC is excited to continue to investigate regional production issues as well as consumer preferences for this important and delicious crop!

TC Jayalath collects data from high tunnel lettuce grown at the UGA Horticulture Research Farm in Watkinsville, GA.

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