In this Issue:
  • Planting Date is Critical for Fusarium Wilt Management in Watermelons
  • Pecan Field Day – November 16 – Monticello
  • Weed of the Week: Bracken Fern
  • Controlling Brush & Invasive Species Workshop – November 9
  • Weed of the Week: Caesar’s Weed
  • Rose Crown Gall Becoming More Prevalent in Florida
  • Crop Nematode Damage a Serious Issue this Season
  • UF/IFAS Researchers are Studying Endophytes in Florida Pasture Grasses
  • Weed of the Week: Blackberry
  • Managing Grazing Land to Enhance Bee Habitat
  • Pest Management

    Planting Date is Critical for Fusarium Wilt Management in Watermelons

    Fusarium wilt is caused by the soil borne fungus Fusarium oxysporum, which continues to be a problem for many Florida watermelon producers. Management of this devastating disease requires an integrated approach that combines conventional and novel techniques. Site selection is a critical step in any watermelon disease management program, and understanding the disease history …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/17/planting-date-is-critical-for-fusarium-wilt-management-in-watermelons/

    Pecan Field Day – November 16 – Monticello

    The Florida Pecan Field Day has been rescheduled. Producers will meet in Monticello on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Jefferson County Extension Office for the annual field day and Pecan Growers’ Association meeting. If you’re a pecan grower, or just considering it, the morning’s topics and speakers will be a great opportunity to learn …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/03/pecan-field-day-november-16-monticello/

    Weed of the Week: Bracken Fern

    Bracken Fern is a common perennial fern that is found across the United States. Its ability to grow well is both dry and moist soils, as well as along tree lines, in wooded areas, and around buildings, make it a well-adapted species. While all parts of the fern are toxic, the rhizomes are most toxic, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/03/weed-of-the-week-bracken-fern/

    Controlling Brush & Invasive Species Workshop – November 9

    Encroaching brush, whether native or invasive, can be a problem for properties large and small. Fighting woody brush and other hard-to-kill weed species can be challenging for property owners. Many factors affect the effectiveness and efficiency of control efforts.

    Timing of the application is a key factor that many property owners fail to consider. The cooler, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/27/controlling-brush-invasive-species-workshop-november-9/

    Weed of the Week: Caesar’s Weed

    Caesar’s Weed is a member of the Malvaceae family, which are typically grown for ornamental purpose. Other plants in this family include Hibiscus and Cotton. Caesar’s weed is most commonly is found in disturbed areas, pastures, and perennial crop plantations. This weed is considered to be very aggressive, growing 2 to 7 feet by the …

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    Rose Crown Gall Becoming More Prevalent in Florida

    Kamil Duman, Susannah Wright, Fanny Iriarte, Barron Riddle, Gary Knox and Mathews Paret, University of Florida – NFREC, Quincy, FL

    For rose nurseries, and commercial landscapers, each of the many rose diseases are as important as the others. Crown Gall, however,  is one of the most unsightly of the many rose …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/20/rose-crown-gall-becoming-more-prevalent-in-florida/

    Crop Nematode Damage a Serious Issue this Season

    After back to back mild winters, the 2017 growing season has been a banner year for pests. Prolonged cold weather normally diminishes pest populations, but this year pests of all types survived winter with populations that have increased dramatically.

    Most of the growing season, whiteflies were the major concern across fruit, vegetable and agronomic crops. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/13/crop-nematode-damage-a-serious-issue-this-season/

    UF/IFAS Researchers are Studying Endophytes in Florida Pasture Grasses

    Ann Blount, Sunny Liao, Florencia Marcon and Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

    What is an Endophyte and why are they in my grass pastures?” may be a question that cattlemen in Florida have never asked before, but they are starting to.

    An endophyte is typically a bacteria or fungus that …

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    Weed of the Week: Blackberry

    Across the southeastern United States, there are several different species of Rubus (Blackberry and Dewberry). Blackberry is a common issue for pasture owners, with it also commonly growing in fence rows, and ditch banks. Lack of management will result in well established thick stands that grow rapidly. These large stands not only reduce pasture production, …

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    Managing Grazing Land to Enhance Bee Habitat

    Jose Dubeux and Liza Garcia, University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center

    Improved forages are not only good for livestock, but they can also help feed bees! Managing grasslands to enhance bee habitat requires similar management practices to those needed to enhance pasture for grazing livestock. Diversification of pasture species, management …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/06/managing-grazing-land-to-enhance-bee-habitat/

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