In this Issue:
  • Understanding Flush Cycles for Citrus Leafminer Management
  • Cautious Optimism About Whitefly Pressure on Fall Vegetables this Year
  • 2018 Panhandle Watermelon Festival – Big Melon Contest – June 23
  • Friday Feature: Melon Planting Equipment Demonstration
  • Water Source Recommendations for Food Safety
  • Friday Feature: Satsumas from Farm to Schools
  • Adding Flowering Plants to Strawberry Fields to Enhance Pest Management and Biodiversity
  • 34th Annual FSA – UF/IFAS Seedsmen Seminar – May 30
  • Cold Tolerant Citrus Production Workshop – June 2
  • Late Winter Freeze Events Eliminated the 2018 Peach Crop in North Florida
  • Horticulture

    Understanding Flush Cycles for Citrus Leafminer Management

    Danielle Sprague, Jefferson County Extension and Xavier Martini, UF/IFAS Entomologist, NFREC Quincy

    Summer’s in full swing, so citrus groves are actively flushing (growing new leaves). During the flushing period, citrus trees are most susceptible to damage by citrus leafminer, a key insect pest of citrus and related species in the family Rutaceae. The …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/06/29/understanding-flush-cycles-for-citrus-leafminer-management/

    Cautious Optimism About Whitefly Pressure on Fall Vegetables this Year

    Josh Freeman, Associate Professor of Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida, Xavier Martini, Assistant Professor of Entomology, University of Florida, Mathews Paret, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Stormy Sparks, Professor of Entomology, University of Georgia, and Bhabesh Dutta, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, University of Georgia

    Vegetable farmers have vivid memories of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/06/08/cautious-optimism-for-whitefly-pressure-on-fall-vegetables-this-year/

    2018 Panhandle Watermelon Festival – Big Melon Contest – June 23

    The 63rd  Annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 23rd.  We are requesting both homeowner and commercially grown melons for contribution to our Big Melon Contest and Auction.

    Entries must be brought to the Washington County Agricultural Center, 1424 Jackson Ave., Chipley FL. no later than 3:30pm on Friday, June 22nd.

    Winners of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/06/08/panhandle-watermelon-festival-2018-big-melon-contest-june-23/

    Friday Feature: Melon Planting Equipment Demonstration

    This week’s featured video was produced by a member of the Panhandle Ag Extension Team, Matt Lollar, now located in Santa Rosa County.  Locally grown cantaloupes are being harvested now and are available at your local farmer’s market or grocery store.  See how they got their start in this video.  The video was filmed …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/25/friday-feature-melon-planting-equipment-demonstration/

    Water Source Recommendations for Food Safety

    Supplemental water is necessary for good crop yields in fruit and vegetable production. Water quality is equally as important as water quantity when it comes to fruit and vegetable production. Unfortunately, water can transport harmful microorganisms from adjacent lands or other areas of the farm. The water source and how the water is applied influence …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/18/water-source-recommendations-for-food-safety/

    Friday Feature: Satsumas from Farm to Schools

    This week’s featured video was produced by Chartwells School Dining Services to highlight their “Farm to School” program.  This video features the relationship that was established with Cherokee Farms, Marianna, Florida to supply every student in the Duval County School District with fresh satsuma citrus.  This story highlights the success of their program for purchasing …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/18/friday-feature-satsumas-from-farm-to-schools/

    Adding Flowering Plants to Strawberry Fields to Enhance Pest Management and Biodiversity

    By Iris Strzyzewski, Biological Scientist and PhD Student, Joe Funderburk and Justin Renkema, UF Entomologists.

    Over the last few years, Florida strawberry growers have been faced with declining market prices, increased global competition, and suspected and documented cases of insecticide resistance. In addition, growing concerns for overall environmental health have increased as …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/11/adding-flowering-plants-to-strawberry-fields-to-enhance-pest-management-and-biodiversity/

    34th Annual FSA – UF/IFAS Seedsmen Seminar – May 30

    Members, Friends, and Supporters of the Florida Seed Association (FSA) are invited to attend the Florida Seed Association annual meeting. The 34th Annual FSA – UF/IFAS Seedsmen Seminar will take place on Wednesday May 30th, 2018.  The event will take place at the Florida Farm Bureau Building, 5700 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, Florida. The cost …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/11/34th-annual-fsa-uf-ifas-seedsmen-seminar-may-30/

    Cold Tolerant Citrus Production Workshop – June 2

    Please join Extension agents and specialists from the University of Florida and University of Georgia for a highly informative Cold Tolerant Citrus Workshop. The event starts at 8:30 Eastern at the UF/IFAS Extension Taylor County office in Perry, Florida.

    The following topics will be covered:

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/11/cold-tolerant-citrus-production-workshop-june-2/

    Late Winter Freeze Events Eliminated the 2018 Peach Crop in North Florida

    Peter C. Andersen University of Florida North Florida Research and Education Center

    A one and one quarter acre (0.5 hectare) peach orchard was established during March 2015, at the North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy. The cultivars included in the trial were as follows: Gulfking, Suncoast, Flordacrest, Flordaking, Gulfcrimson, GulfPrince, Gulfsnow, GulfAtlas and Gulfcrest. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/04/late-winter-freeze-events-eliminated-the-2018-peach-crop-in-north-florida/

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