The UGA Vegetable Team works collaboratively to take a sustainable approach in tackling important issues facing Georgia's vegetable producers.

Members of the team reach growers through Georgia Extension agents, as well as partnering with such groups as the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Georgia Watermelon Growers Association and Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association.




UGA horticulture Professor Marc van Iersel's research focuses on developing sustainable and cost-effective ways to ensure that crops — such as these turnip plants in a grow room at his greenhouses — get the amount of light they need to grow. CAES News
Controlled environment agriculture poised to become a growth industry
Next time you sit down to a crisp, green salad take a little time to think about where your leafy greens come from. Traditional agriculture is highly weather dependent, and many producers of high-value crops are shifting over from field production to controlled environment agriculture.
UGA plant pathologist Bhabesh Dutta examines onion seedlings in research facilities on the UGA Tifton campus. CAES News
New “onion devourer” bacteria found by UGA researchers
University of Georgia researchers have identified a new species of bacteria, which they have named Pseudomonas alliivorans — from “allium vorans,” which translates as onion devourer or eater.
Senior 4-H’er Maggie Payne poses with her first-place winning 650-pound pumpkin at the Union County Extension Office. CAES News
Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest celebrates 650-pound winner
More than 30 4-H’ers from across Georgia competed in the 2021 Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest, with the winning pumpkin weighing in at 650 pounds. The Pumpkin Growing Contest offers students the opportunity to learn and utilize knowledge of agricultural and environmental sciences to produce prize-winning fruit.
In the spring, crape myrtles add color with flowers. In the fall, they add color with brightly colored leaves. CAES News
Avoid 'crape murder,' prep your crape myrtles for success
Southern gardeners love crape myrtles, but many don’t know how to care for them to realize the full, gorgeous blooms they expect in the summer.

Vegetable Team Calendar

See ongoing research in fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, pollinators, organics and more at the Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville. 
Jul 07
6:00PM - 8:00PM UGA Horticulture Farm Open House 2022 Durham Horticulture Farm, Watkinsville, GA
Whether you're a golf course superintendent or a homeowner who wants the perfect lawn, there'll be something for you at a University of Georgia Turfgrass Field Day. Come and get the latest information on how to care for your lawn or your golf course from UGA researchers and extension specialists. Field day includes such topics as controlling turf insects like mole crickets and white grubs and turf pests like crabgrass and other turf weeds. There is always an excellent BBQ and chicken lunch followed by displays and demonstrations of the latest turfgrass industry equipment.
Aug 03
8:00AM - 3:00PM UGA Turfgrass Field Day UGA Griffin Campus, Griffin, GA
Please join us Wednesday, August 10 for the Southeast Research and Education center Field Day in Midville, GA.  Event will begin at 9:00 AM with tours and presentations of on-going research at the Center.  A sponsored lunch will be provided.  Please register at  https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5iNGalfS5sW7EGO.
Aug 10
9:00AM - 2:00PM Southeast Research and Education Center Midville Field Day Southeast Research and Education Center, Midville
The Grant Writers' Seminar at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is an excellent opportunity for faculty at all levels to hone their proposal development and writing skills, improving the probability of proposal success. Delivered by academicians for academicians, this seminar will focus on proposal writing for the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute for Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), yet the content is applicable to other funding entities. Instruction will focus on how to write with a linear progression of logic for a variety of audiences. All participants will receive take-home resources, including a field-relevant hard copy of The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook. Registration closes July 15, 2022.
Aug 15
8:30AM - 4:30PM Grant Writers Seminar: Write Winning Grant Proposals UGA Science Learning Center room 85, Athens, GA
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Ag Dawg Kickoff hosted by the UGA CAES Alumni Association. FREE dinner from one of five food trucks. CAES student organizations and programs will have information available. Listen to the Redcoats play and snap a photo with Hairy Dawg. Students should bring their UGA ID card. T-shirts for the first 600 students.
Aug 24
6:00PM - 8:00PM Ag Dawg Kickoff UGA Livestock Instructional Arena, Athens, GA
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