In this Issue:
  • Protecting Fall Vegetable Crops after the Hurricane
  • Weed of the Week: Coffee Senna
  • Weed of the Week: Southern Sandbur
  • Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides: Everyone Plays a Part
  • Weed of the Week: Tropical Soda Apple
  • Cowpea Curculio Outbreak Anticipated after Mild Winter
  • XtendiMax, Engenia, and Enlist Duo Now Registered for Use in Florida
  • Save a Penny, Lose a Dollar – The Importance of Spray Nozzle Selection and Maintenance
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension offers Training for use of Dicamba and 2,4-D Resistant Crops
  • Earn Pesticide License CEUs – Attend the Great CEU Round-Up
  • Pesticide

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/15/protecting-fall-vegetable-crops-after-the-hurricane/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/15/weed-of-the-weed-coffee-senna/

    Weed of the Week: Southern Sandbur

    Across the Southern United States, Southern Sandbur (aka sandspur) can be found. It is an annual grass that grows in cropland and pastures, thriving in dry sandy soils. Southern Sandbur has a shallow fibrous root system and can easily invade poorly managed fields or pastures. It is known to impact the quality of hay fields, as …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/weed-of-the-week-southern-sandbur/

    Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides: Everyone Plays a Part

    Overview

    On January 12, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products.  This policy outlines EPA’s label statements designed to mitigate acute risks to bees from pesticides.  The recent UF/IFAS publication, Pesticide Labeling: Protection of Pollinators, provides an in-depth look at …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/04/protecting-pollinators-from-pesticides-everyone-plays-a-part/

    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/

    Cowpea Curculio Outbreak Anticipated after Mild Winter

    Peas are a staple food throughout the South.  Whether you prefer southern peas, cowpeas, or blackeye peas, they are all under threat from the cowpea curculio, also known locally as pea weevils.  With the mild winter this year, growers can anticipate that cowpea curculios may show up much earlier in the season, with a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/12/cowpea-curculio-outbreak-anticipated-after-mild-winter/

    XtendiMax, Engenia, and Enlist Duo Now Registered for Use in Florida

    Ethan Carter, Regional Crop IPM Agent, Jay Ferrell, and Ramon Leon, UF/IFAS Weed Specialists

    Late last week, after much anticipation, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provided the final approval for use of 2,4-D and dicamba in resistant cotton and soybean cultivars. At time of publication, Florida has approved one …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/07/xtendimax-engenia-and-enlist-duo-now-registered-for-use-in-florida/

    Save a Penny, Lose a Dollar – The Importance of Spray Nozzle Selection and Maintenance

    Ian Small, UF/IFAS Plant Pathologist, NFREC Quincy, and Jeff Clack, Hypro Pentair Flow Technologies

    There is no shortage of new technologies being marketed to improve the efficiency of farming operations.  The most cost effective place to start is with the basics, or in other words, start with the parts of your operation that improve …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/24/save-a-penny-lose-a-dollar-the-importance-of-spray-nozzle-selection-and-maintenance/

    Alabama Cooperative Extension offers Training for use of Dicamba and 2,4-D Resistant Crops

    Alabama Cooperative Extension will offer training for anyone who will be applying auxin herbicides to dicamba or 2,4-D tolerant crops. While mandatory for Alabama farmers, Florida farmers can also attend these educational classes.  See the table below for the date, time, and location closest to you.  All Alabama producers that are planning on using this …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/03/alabama-cooperative-extension-offers-training-for-use-of-dicamba-and-24-d-resistant-crops/

    Earn Pesticide License CEUs – Attend the Great CEU Round-Up

    The Great CEU Round-Up
    July 27, 2016 8am-4pm EDT

    It’s that time of year again, the Florida Turfgrass Association (FTGA) and UF/IFAS have teamed up to present The Great CEU Round-Up. Designed to allow pesticide license holders to earn up to six CEUs, this all day program will be streamed online to participating …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/05/27/earn-pesticide-license-ceus-attend-the-great-ceu-round-up/

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