In this Issue:
  • Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop – September 28
  • Weed of the Week: Showy Crotalaria
  • Weed of the Week: Tropical Soda Apple
  • Snails have Invaded the Western Panhandle
  • Laurel Wilt Fungus (Raffaelea lauricola) Reflects the Spread of Redbay Ambrosia Beetles
  • Cogongrass Spreading in the Panhandle
  • Need Pesticide CEUs? Attend The Great CEU Round-Up July 26
  • Disease Alert: Citrus Greening and Asian Citrus Psyllids found in the Panhandle
  • “Panhandle Outdoors LIVE!” Schedule for 2016
  • Tung Trees – Historic Crop; Toxic Legacy
  • Invasive Species

    Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop – September 28

    The Six Rivers Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) group and the Florida Forest Stewardship Program will offer an Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop on September 28, 2017; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Central. This one day workshop will be held at the UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office, 3098 Airport Rd, Crestview, Florida 32539. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/25/invasive-exotic-species-and-control-workshop-september-28/

    Weed of the Week: Showy Crotalaria

    Commonly known as Showy Rattlebox, Showy Crotalaria is a fast growing summer annual that germinates in early spring and flowers in late summer. As a member of the legume family, it was brought to the United States to be used as a cover crop to help set nitrogen in dry sandy soils. Showy Crotalaria is …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/04/weed-of-the-week-showy-crotalaria/

    Weed of the Week: Tropical Soda Apple

    This week’s featured weed is tropical soda apple, a serious weed problem in many pastures and natural areas of Florida.  This invasive weed is very prolific and can infest a pasture in a very short time.  Its fruit are toxic to goats, and the unpalatable thorny leaves results in reduced forage production and lower stocking …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/28/weed-of-the-week-tropical-soda-apple/

    Snails have Invaded the Western Panhandle

    Snails have invaded some local areas throughout northern Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties this summer. The snails are tan colored, high and conical, with mature snails about ¾ to 1-inch long. They have been found in extremely high numbers in some crop fields, including corn, cotton, and peanuts, in home gardens, and around farm buildings …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/14/snails-have-invaded-the-western-panhandle/

    Laurel Wilt Fungus (Raffaelea lauricola) Reflects the Spread of Redbay Ambrosia Beetles

    Ambrosia beetles are known for attacking various woody plants, causing some limb and stem dieback and sometimes plant death. There are at least 30 species of ambrosia beetles in Florida, several of which are non-native.

    Typically ambrosia beetles have a symbiotic relationship with a fungus which the beetles carry in their bodies. When the beetles …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/14/laurel-wilt-fungus-raffaelea-lauricola-reflects-the-spread-of-redbay-ambrosia-beetles/

    Cogongrass Spreading in the Panhandle

    A recent increase in the spread of cogongrass has landowners scrambling to find ways to stop this invasive plant. There are ways to combat cogongrass, with positive identification and persistent treatment being paramount.

    Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is found all over the world. In the U.S, it is primarily found in the southeast. Cogongrass was purposely …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/23/cogongrass-on-the-move-in-the-panhandle/

    Need Pesticide CEUs? Attend The Great CEU Round-Up July 26

    The Great CEU Round-Up, July 26, 2017 8:30am-4pm EDT

    It’s that time of year again, the Florida Turfgrass Association (FTGA) and UF/IFAS are partnering to present The Great CEU Round-Up. This program is designed to allow pesticide license holders to earn up to six CEUs across multiple categories, this all day program …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/12/need-pesticide-ceus-attend-the-great-ceu-round-up-july-26/

    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/

    “Panhandle Outdoors LIVE!” Schedule for 2016

    Northwest Florida is considered one of the top six biodiversity hotspots in the country. The reasons why begin with our unique water features.  Join us to explore these waters and learn more about the Panhandle’s hidden ecological treasures!

    “Panhandle Outdoors LIVE!” is stepping it up a notch for 2016.  This year we’ll explore four Panhandle …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/02/05/panhandle-outdoors-live-schedule-for-2016/

    Tung Trees – Historic Crop; Toxic Legacy

    The highway from Monticello to Tallahassee (US 90) is famous for its summer blooming crape myrtle trees donated by nurseryman Fred Mahan. This month, there’s another historic tree flowering along that highway, as well as in other parts of Jefferson county and North Florida. It’s the tung tree, imported from China to build a thriving …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/03/27/tung-trees-historic-crop-toxic-legacy/

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