Alabama Insect Update

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Heavy rainfall has decreased the number of pests in Alabama. However, the pests have not disappeared. Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, gives an update on what he is finding in his sticky traps. The increased rainfall in the Southeast has kept the pests somewhat at bay. Majumdar says he…

Yoho Honored to Host First Farm Bill Listening Session

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Ted Yoho, Florida’s 3rd district representative, was excited to host the first Farm Bill listening session in his district on June 24. He said these sessions are crucial if the House Agriculture Committee is to create a Farm Bill that will pass on the first round, and he was honored to host the committee in…

Natural Resource Meeting Explains Farm Bill Programs, Seeks Recommendations

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Gainesville, Fla. – In an effort to assist agricultural producers in meeting their land management goals while protecting our natural resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will conduct a State Technical Advisory Committee meeting August 17 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Florida Department of Agriculture and…

UF/IFAS’ Crane Honored by Horticultural Society

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- As a scientist and tropical fruit Extension specialist, Jonathan Crane has spent most of his adult life trying to help South Florida farmers grow crops in the Sunshine State’s hot, humid weather. In recognition of Crane’s work, the Florida State Horticultural Society has honored the University of…

Fungicides to Help Fight Target Spot in Tomato

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Target spot is a very difficult disease to manage, according to Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. This disease thrives in high humidity and recently has been prominent in Florida tomato plants. Vallad says even though it is a tough disease to combat,…

Weather Conditions Increase Whitefly Populations

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Due to the warmer temperatures this past winter and spring, as well as the recent drought, whiteflies are currently a heavy pest issue in Florida. Hugh Smith, assistant professor of vegetable entomology at the University of Florida's Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, says whitefly populations can quickly rise with hot and dry conditions, like…

UF Water Institute Gets $5 Million Grant to Aid Region’s Agriculture, Environment

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The University of Florida (UF) Water Institute has received a $5 million, five- year grant to promote water security for the region’s farmers, foresters and the environment. The Water Institute, a campus-wide interdisciplinary Institute, received the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food…

Battling Thrips and Tospoviruses

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One of the most threatening agricultural pests is thrips, which can affect many crops, including vegetables. Joe Funderburk, a professor of entomology at the University of Florida (UF), says thrips lay their eggs in the plant, which leaves dimples in the fruit. Thrips larvae will also feed on the outside of the plant, which will…