In this Issue:
  • Fall Herbicide Applications are Best for Blackberry Control in Pastures
  • Battling Scab in Panhandle Pecan Trees
  • Weed of the Week: Cogongrass
  • Vegetable Crops Field Day – October 13
  • Protecting Fall Vegetable Crops after the Hurricane
  • Weed of the Week: Coffee Senna
  • Controlling Prickly Pear after Pasture Establishment
  • New Insect and Mite Control Guide for Florida Cotton Growers
  • Silverleaf Whiteflies in Panhandle Cotton
  • Weed of the Week: Sicklepod
  • Pest Management

    Fall Herbicide Applications are Best for Blackberry Control in Pastures

    Brent Sellers and Jay Ferrell, UF/IFAS Weed Extension Specialists

    There are numerous briar or Rubus species (blackberry and dewberry) in the Southeastern U.S., many of which are found in Florida. Blackberry is common in most Florida pastures and can be overlooked for extended periods of time. However, lack of management can give rise to thickets …

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    Battling Scab in Panhandle Pecan Trees

    Pecans are grown throughout the Panhandle of Florida. The western side of the Panhandle tends to be acreage dedicated to home gardeners, while the eastern counties have more commercial acreage. Regardless, many in the agriculture community are interested in pecans, because they either grow them commercially, or have some planted on their farm for local …

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    Weed of the Week: Cogongrass

    Cogongrass was accidentally introduced into Alabama in the 1900’s, but intentionally brought to Florida in the 1930’s as a potential forage and soil stabilizer. Currently it can be found in 73 countries and on every continent. Since being introduced Cogongrass has spread to nearly every county in Florida, and today is considered a major pest …

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    Vegetable Crops Field Day – October 13

    The 2017 UF/IFAS Vegetable Crops Field Day will provide the latest research information for commercial growers of watermelons, squash, and tomatoes. The event will be held at the North Florida Research and Education Center located at 155 Research Road, in Quincy Florida.

    Learn the results of the latest research on…

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    Protecting Fall Vegetable Crops after the Hurricane

    As if the fall season wasn’t challenging enough from a pest and disease perspective, throw in a hurricane and it gets much worse. Luckily, the storm missed most of the Panhandle. Tomato and cucurbit producing areas in Gadsden and Jackson counties likely saw the greatest impacts from Hurricane Irma. The biggest problem was the wind …

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    Weed of the Week: Coffee Senna

    Coffee Senna is not only an issue for livestock producers, as seeds are toxic when consumed, it also causes issues for cotton and peanut farmers in the southern states. The scientific name Senna occidentalis comes from Arabic and Latin roots, with Senna meaning “these plants” and occidentalis meaning “western,” in reference to its origin. While closely …

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    Controlling Prickly Pear after Pasture Establishment

    Prickly Pear is one of those tenacious, tough to handle weeds that you hate to find growing in your pastures and hay fields.  It can be very difficult to control and eradicate.  This weed typically spreads and reproduces via fragmentation of original plants, such as occurs in the cultivation and planting of new pastures.  Each …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/08/controlling-prickly-pear-after-pasture-establishment/

    New Insect and Mite Control Guide for Florida Cotton Growers

    Joe Funderburk, Professor of Entomology, NFREC Quincy

    A UF/IFAS EDIS fact sheet is now available entitled “Insect and Mite Integrated Pest Management in Florida Cotton” by Joe Funderburk, Nicole Casuso, Norman Leppla, and Michael Donahue. The guide provides growers with up-to-date information on scouting and managing insects and mites in their fields.

    The …

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    Silverleaf Whiteflies in Panhandle Cotton

    Sliverleaf whiteflies (SLWF), also known as sweet potato whiteflies, are a major pest in many cropping systems. The SLWF has a broad feeding range of over 600 host plants, which includes ornamental, vegetable, and field crops. This season, large populations of silverleaf whiteflies have been reported in in cotton in Georgia, Alabama, and now Florida’s Panhandle.

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    Weed of the Week: Sicklepod

    Sicklepod is commonly known as Coffeeweed and is a major issue for livestock producers across the Southeast. This semi-woody annual legume is native to the American tropics. Sicklepod is known to be toxic, affecting liver, kidney and muscle function in livestock. The stems and leaves, as well as seeds, contain toxins, whether green or dry. 

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