In this Issue:
  • 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
  • Utilizing Compost to Boost Crop Productivity
  • Virus Infections in Cucurbit Crops
  • Friday Feature: Pickle Cucumber Harvest
  • UF Study Indicates Florida Consumers are Willing to Pay More for Locally Grown Ornamental Plants
  • Alternative Rose Options for Florida Nurseries
  • Recap and Presentations from the Panhandle Satsuma Workshop
  • Horticulture

    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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    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:

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    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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    Utilizing Compost to Boost Crop Productivity

    International Compost Awareness Week is May 6-12 this year. This educational initiative, promoted by the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation, was started in Canada in 1995, and has continued to grow in popularity as communities, businesses, municipalities, schools, and organizations celebrate the benefits of compost and composting. But perhaps the most important people involved …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/27/utilizing-compost-to-boost-crop-productivity/

    Virus Infections in Cucurbit Crops

     

    Every growing season, farmers prepare for the expected diseases. You plant at the appropriate time, buy varieties that have resistance or tolerance to various diseases, utilize fungicides that have protective properties to try to reduce the chance of developing problems, water in a timely manner, and grow your crop with a multitude of best …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/27/virus-infections-in-cucurbit-crops/

    Friday Feature: Pickle Cucumber Harvest

    This week’s featured video was produced by a member of the Panhandle Ag Extension Team.  Matt Lollar, Horticulture Agent, Jackson County Extension, developed this video to show how those small cucumbers, that are so popular as pickles, are grown and harvested.  The farm in Jackson County that grew these cucumber pickles had a contract …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/23/friday-feature-pickle-cucumber-harvest/

    UF Study Indicates Florida Consumers are Willing to Pay More for Locally Grown Ornamental Plants

    Caroline Roper, Communications Specialist, Mid-Florida REC – Apopka

    Florida consumers see value in and are willing to pay more for locally-grown products, especially when it comes to landscape and ornamental plants, according to a new study conducted by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member Hayk Khachatryan.

    Khachatryan, who leads …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/16/uf-study-indicates-florida-consumers-are-willing-to-pay-more-for-locally-grown-ornamental-plants/

    Alternative Rose Options for Florida Nurseries

    Today in the nursery trade, when you think of roses, your mind inevitably turns to the ‘Knockout’ rose and its offspring. That’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with Knockoutroses, it makes a great ornamental landscape plant, and it’s easy to propagate.

    With all the Knockout’ mania, since the early 2000s, many garden …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/09/alternative-rose-options-for-florida-nurseries/

    Recap and Presentations from the Panhandle Satsuma Workshop

    The Panhandle Satsuma Workshop was held in Jackson County on February 27, 2018!  There was a great turnout with 115 participants from Florida, Alabama, and Georgia.  Thank you to all who attended.

    Thank you also to the presenters: Dr. Xavier Martini; Dr. Pete Andersen; and Dr. Tripti Vashisth!  A special thanks goes out …

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