In this Issue:
  • Historically Low Florida Citrus Production Forecast
  • Disease Alert: Citrus Greening and Asian Citrus Psyllids found in the Panhandle
  • Pecan Harvest Equipment Demonstration Video
  • UF/IFAS Evaluating Cold-Hardy Citrus Varieties for the Panhandle
  • Georgia Citrus Association Annual Meeting – February 27
  • Late Winter Citrus Management Considerations
  • Citrus Health Forum – February 23
  • Disease Management Strategies for the 2017 Watermelon Season
  • Escambia – Santa Rosa Pesticide Applicator Class – February 24
  • So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series – February 7
  • Horticulture

    Historically Low Florida Citrus Production Forecast

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam released the following statement on March 9, 2017 after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2016-2017 season, which is down four-percent from the February forecast:

    Although not unexpected, today’s historically …

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    Disease Alert: Citrus Greening and Asian Citrus Psyllids found in the Panhandle

    F. Iriarte, X. Martini, M. Paret, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) Quincy, and E. Lovestrand, UF/IFAS Franklin Co. Extension

    Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as Yellow Shoot or Citrus Greening is a devastating disease of citrus worldwide. The disease is caused by a bacteria named Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus. This bacterium is transmitted …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/03/disease-alert-citrus-greening-and-asian-citrus-psyllids-found-in-the-panhandle/

    Pecan Harvest Equipment Demonstration Video

    The Texas Pecan Short Course is an annual, four day training offered by Texas A&M University. The short course teaches pecan orchard managers and prospective pecan growers how to plant, grow, harvest, and market pecans. A harvest equipment demonstration is one of the hands-on activities offered during this training. The following video that provides …

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    UF/IFAS Evaluating Cold-Hardy Citrus Varieties for the Panhandle

    The relatively mild winter temperatures during the last two decades has led to a resurgence of interest in cold hardy citrus in North Florida. Satsumas account for almost all of the new commercial citrus acreage in the Florida Panhandle. Satsumas are the most cold-hardy commercial citrus. In North Florida, Satsuma fruit are  ripe for harvest …

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    Georgia Citrus Association Annual Meeting – February 27

    The Georgia Citrus Association will be holding their annual meeting on February 27 from 9 AM to 3 PM in Tifton, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, 15 RDC Rd., Tifton, GA 31794.  General Admission tickets are $15 and include lunch and tours.  Please register by February 20, by visiting this link:  

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    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/

    Citrus Health Forum – February 23

    Florida citrus growers are welcomed to attend the 2017 Citrus Health Forum, February 23rd at the North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL.

    With the continuous development of cold-hardy citrus varieties, and improvement in freeze protection, there has been a significant growth in North Florida citrus in recent years. During the last decade, satsuma …

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    Disease Management Strategies for the 2017 Watermelon Season

    by Nicholas S. Dufault, Bimal S. Amaradasa and Mason J. Newark

    With the watermelon production season starting in Florida, now is a good time to either begin or modify disease management strategies for this crop. There are many things to consider when planning a disease management program, but there are three strategies to consider when …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/20/disease-management-strategies-for-the-2017-watermelon-season/

    Escambia – Santa Rosa Pesticide Applicator Class – February 24

    Are you in need of a private pesticide applicator’s license?  Lacking a few CEUs for license renewal?  

    Please join us at the annual Escambia-Santa Rosa Pesticide Applicator class on February 24, 2017.  This year, our meeting will be held at the Walnut Hill Community Center (Ruritan), located at 7850 Highway 97 in Walnut …

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    So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series – February 7

    Did you know that Florida’s farmers are an aging group, averaging 57 years in 2002 and 59.8 years in 2012? Also, in Florida, there was an 8% decrease in the number of farms and a 26% decrease in acres of cropland from 2002 to 2012.

    Additionally, agriculture professionals are actually in high demand. There is …

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