Matthew Orwat

Author's details

Name: Matthew Orwat
Date registered: October 13, 2011
URL: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/about/

Biography

Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent for Washington County Florida. His goal is to provide educational programming to meet the diverse needs of and provide solutions for homeowners and small farmers with ornamental, turf, fruit and vegetable gardening objectives. Please feel free to contact him with any questions you may have.

Latest posts

  1. Organic Certification Cost Share Available for 2017 — July 7, 2017
  2. Late Winter Citrus Management Considerations — February 10, 2017
  3. Oriental Persimmon: For the Specialty Fruit Market — October 21, 2016
  4. Control Grasshoppers When They Are Young — May 27, 2016
  5. Radish: The Fastest Vegetable to Market — December 18, 2015

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Organic Certification Cost Share Available for 2017

Funding Announcement

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received funding from the 2017 National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) , which is a program of the United State Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS). These funds will be used to reimburse growers, handlers, and processors for a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/07/organic-certification-cost-share-available-for-2017/

Late Winter Citrus Management Considerations

Both niche market farmers and home gardeners may be uncertain about late winter management of Satsuma trees.  Several questions that have come in to the Extension Office recently include: Should I prune my trees? Why are the leaves yellow? How soon should I fertilize?  The focus of this article is to provide some answers to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/10/late-winter-citrus-considerations/

Oriental Persimmon: For the Specialty Fruit Market

A recent visit to the North Florida Research and Education Center reminded me of the potential of a specialty fruit that is often forgotten about in Northwest Florida, the Oriental persimmon. The Oriental, or Japanese, persimmon (Diospyros kaki) was introduced to the Southern United States in the mid to late 1800s. Although it is native to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/21/oriental-persimmon-for-the-specialty-fruit-market/

Control Grasshoppers When They Are Young

The Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, also known colloquially as the “Georgia Thumper,” can be highly destructive to a variety of vegetable crops. This May many growers and vegetable gardeners have reported unusually high numbers of nymphs, the juvenile form of the grasshopper.

This observation is consistent with the usual increase of nymphs in vegetable plantings during …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/05/27/control-grasshoppers-when-they-are-young/

Radish: The Fastest Vegetable to Market

I’ve heard it said there’s no such thing as a vegetable that grows fast, tastes good, and is cheap….well they must not have considered the radish!

If a fast growing, quick producing vegetable is desired, nothing is better than a radish. Radishes can develop from seed to mature root in 20-30 days, and can be …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/12/18/radish-the-fastest-vegetable-to-market/

Bill & Brenda Maphis Honored as Washington County Agricultural Innovators

On Tuesday August 4, 2015, twelve Innovative Farmers and Ranchers were recognized by University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida at the Jefferson County Opera House, in Monticello.  This is the fifth year these two organizations have teamed up to honor a selection of the most innovative farmers from the Florida …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/09/11/bill-brenda-maphis-honored-as-washington-county-agricultural-innovators/

Tips For Properly Pruning Muscadines

Last year, I wrote an article for this newsletter about late bearing muscadine cultivars. There are many early, mid, and late bearing cultivars, and a list can be found in the publication: The Muscadine GrapeAugust is the very beginning of the muscadine harvest in the Florida Panhandle, which may last through October. Contrary …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/08/07/tips-for-properly-pruning-muscadines/

Small Farm Blueberry Production for the Panhandle

In the Florida Panhandle, blueberry jam, blueberry cobbler and fresh blueberries seem to be a staple. This is because there are many local, u-pick, direct-market, and wholesale growers who provide a top quality product.

Farmers wanting to add blueberries to their operations sometimes struggle to find the varieties grown by other local farmers. Vaccinium ashei …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/03/13/small-farm-blueberry-production-for-the-panhandle/

With Muscadines, It’s Good to Be Late

Mother always said “never be late,” but in the case of certain muscadine (Vitis rotundifolia) cultivars, it’s good to be late.  Although muscadine harvest can begin as early as July, growers with late bearing muscadines are just completing fruit harvest. Generally, muscadines do not store well or last long after harvest, so growers have the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/10/03/with-muscadines-its-good-to-be-late/

2014 Florida Organic Cost Share Program

Funding Announcement

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received funding from the 2014 National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) , which is a program of the United State Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS). These funds will be used to reimburse growers, handlers, and processors for a portion of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/08/15/2014-florida-organic-cost-share-program-2/

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