Cedar Apple Rust Has Arrived on Fruit Trees

Cedar Apple Rust Has Arrived on Fruit Trees

This past week has been dry, but we’ve already had an abundance of rain this year.  Wet conditions are conducive to fungal disease.  One disease that is starting to show up is cedar apple rust.   – As you would expect, cedar apple rust is a member of...
Pecan Orchard Establishment FAQs

Pecan Orchard Establishment FAQs

Whether you are starting an orchard or planting a few pecan trees to diversify your small farm, there are a number of things you should consider first such as recommended cultivars (cultivated varieties), tree spacing, and nutrition.  Although there are a lot of...
Farm Stay – The Next Level of Agritourism

Farm Stay – The Next Level of Agritourism

Agritourism has been adopted by a number of farms in the state as an additional source of income.  Tourists from across the country and abroad are choosing to lodge at hotel alternatives such as the homes, cottages, and suites of private landowners and state and...
Clearwing Moth – Insect Pest of Peaches and Olives

Clearwing Moth – Insect Pest of Peaches and Olives

There are many species of clearwing moths that affect various fruit and ornamental trees.  The most common species in the southeast is the peachtree borer.  However, another species of clearwing moth causes damage to olive trees.  The larval stage of these species...
Squash Bugs – Always a Problem in Cucurbits

Squash Bugs – Always a Problem in Cucurbits

Life Cycle The squash bug, Anasa tristis, is a common insect pest of squash and other cucurbits.  Squash bugs have a six to eight week life cycle, and can have up to three generations per year in Florida.  They generally lay their eggs on the lower surface of leaves,...