In this Issue:
  • Forest Service Accepting Applications to Help Landowners Combat Pine Beetles through June 29
  • Thinning the Pawpaw Patch in Your Pastures
  • Grass Carp – A Biological Control to Manage Pond Weeds
  • Adding Flowering Plants to Strawberry Fields to Enhance Pest Management and Biodiversity
  • Dry Weather has not deterred the Dragons among Us
  • 34th Annual FSA – UF/IFAS Seedsmen Seminar – May 30
  • Beef Cattle Basics Session 2 – Reproduction Management – May 8
  • Scientists Share Latest Research and Production Tips at Carinata Field Days Across the Southeast
  • Virus Infections in Cucurbit Crops
  • Weed of the Week: Lantana
  • Pest Management

    Forest Service Accepting Applications to Help Landowners Combat Pine Beetles through June 29

    Source:  Florida Forest Service

    To help combat the invasive Southern Pine Beetle, which is currently present in 52 infestation sites throughout six Florida counties, the Florida Forest Service is accepting applications for the 2018 Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program from non-industrial, private forest landowners through June 29, 2018.  The program is …

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    Thinning the Pawpaw Patch in Your Pastures

    Pawpaws (Asimina spp.) are members of the custard family, and 10 species are known to occur in the state.  Of these 10, fourpetal pawpaw (Asimina tetramera) is on the endangered species list, but this species is found primarily in coastal pine scrub habitats in Martin and Palm Beach counties.  Most pawpaw species in Florida are …

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    Grass Carp – A Biological Control to Manage Pond Weeds

    Florida has hundreds of aquatic plant species, and they are an often-overlooked feature of Florida’s landscape.  Overlooked that is, until the growth of non-native (even some native) species interferes with use of our waters.  Some aquatic plant species can become problematic in Florida waters when their growth interferes with fishing, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/18/grass-carp-a-biological-control-to-manage-invasive-pond-weeds/

    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/

    Dry Weather has not deterred the Dragons among Us

    During a pond visit to the dry northern part of Escambia County, something caught my eye floating along the margins of the pond.

    There, on the shore, perched on a blade of grass, was an empty dragonfly exoskeleton and a newly emerged adult dragonfly (see image below).  Dragonflies and damselflies belong to the Odonata order, …

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    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/

    Beef Cattle Basics Session 2 – Reproduction Management – May 8

    Beef Cattle Basics is an educational series provided by UF/IFAS Extension, which has been designed to give new and experienced producers a solid educational foundation for their beef cattle enterprises. Beef Cattle Basics will address six topics that are essential to beef operations of any size:

  • Forages – Variety Selection and Establishment Procedures
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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/04/beef-cattle-basics-six-part-series-begins-april-12/

    Scientists Share Latest Research and Production Tips at Carinata Field Days Across the Southeast

    Authors: Dan Geller, Ben Christ, Wendy-Lin Bartels, Bill Hubbard, Sheeja George, Ian Small, David Wright

    This Spring, both farmers and researchers in the Southeast United States are at work. Inside the farm gate, producers are taking advantage of every opportunity to be out with their crops, putting in extra time to ensure their production goals …

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    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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    Weed of the Week: Lantana

     

    First introduced into the southern states as a perennial ornamental, Lantana is easily identified during the growing season by its vibrant multi-colored flowers. Currently, Lantana is listed as one of the top 10 more troublesome weeds in Florida, with documented occurrences in 58 of 67 counties. While it is still sold as an ornamental, commercially …

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