The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

Extension Team Develops “App” to Identify Weeds in Container Nurseries August 20, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 6:32 pm

Weeds are a nuisance hard to control once they are established…NCSU Cooperative Extension team worked on this “App” for ornamental plant growers. If interested, keep reading.

IPM in the South

A group of plant scientists at NC State University are trying to help ornamental plant growers get to the root of their weed problems.

With herbicide-resistant weeds on the rise, and a zero-tolerance threshold for weed pests in the nursery, Drs. Alexander Krings, Joe Neal and Bridget Lassiter have created a web “app” that helps the nursery owner identify container weeds. Upon completion, WeedIT Mobile could potentially save ornamental plant producers millions of dollars a year in preemergence herbicide and hand weeding costs. Growers currently spend about $550 per acre every year on herbicides, coupled with hand weeding costs at $2,400 to $5,500 per acre every year.

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South FL Plant Disease Update-2013 August 16, 2013

Do you work with: Aglaonemas, Anthurium, Cordylines, Gardenias, Mandevillas, scheffleras, Lucky bamboos, Areca, Foxtail palms, Phoenix canaeriensis, Jamaican caper trees, Cypresses or arugula and the list continues.

Don’t miss out the latest plant diseases report affecting foliage, palms, trees, grasses and succulent plants in Miami-Dade, Broward and West Palm Beach areas.

Learn how to identify what is affecting your business and how to start controlling it. Also don’t wait until last minute to collect your free pesticide CEU’s, we are giving 2 category CEUS for this program. Read the list below. Lunch included! So what are you waiting?

Have you registered yet?

If you need pesticide CEUs, the following categories will be given:

  •  Private Applicator-Ag,
  • Demo & Research
  • Ornamental & Turf
  • Limited Landscape Maintenance
  • Limited Lawn& Ornamental and
  • Commercial Lawn & Ornamental

The University of Florida Extension in Miami-Dade County and TREC Plant Diagnostic Clinic are pleased to announce the upcoming:

                                       South FL Ornamental Disease Update & management!

  • We will share some interesting facts of the latest pests affecting the economy of the green industry in South FL environment.
  • Also, Dr. Palmateer (Head of the Plant Diagnostic Clinic) will share with us, the predominant pest (fungal and or bacterial) affecting our plants in nursery and landscape. With live samples and management options for those diseases you found in your Hibiscus, Mandevilla or in your Ficus perhaps.
  • We will work on an informal forum with growers attending this program to record what other issues we need to start paying attention and create a prevention workshop in advance.
  • Please share this information with your peers. CEU and lunch available for you.

Late Registration:        Click here or type: http://soflpestupdate13.eventbrite.com

When:                          Thursday, August 22nd. From 9 am to 1 pm

Where:                         UF/IFAS Extension office in Miami-Dade

 

Consumptive Use Permitting (CUP) Consistency Workshop August 14, 2013

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is leading a statewide effort to improve consistency in the Consumptive/Water Use Permitting Programs implemented by the Water Management Districts.

The DEP and the Water Management Districts have been reviewing the comments on the draft rules that were received in June 2013. They are making changes where appropriate and the Water Management Districts will be posting, on their websites, revised rules on or about August 1, 2013. For this reason public workshops will be given at several locations. In South Florida the upcoming workshop is in the office of the University of Florida/IFAS Cooperative Service Auditorium.

WHEN:      August 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:    University of Florida Extension office. (Agricultural Center)

18710 SW 288 Street. Homestead, FL 33030

COST:       Free

AGENDA:

  1. Presentation Of Consumptive Use Permitting (CUP) Consistency
  2. Overview
  3. Summary of public comments (Your comments)
  4. Update since May workshops

The completion of the CUPcon rulemaking will be done by the Water Management Districts and is expected to be completed during Fall 2013.

More information about this and other workshop locations please click here:

Consumptive Use Permitting Consistency comments:

If you can’t make it but still wish to comment; please write your comments to be submitted to Cupcon@dep.state.fl.us by September 6, 2013. Please note that emails sent to this address are received by the Department and automatically forwarded to the five Water Management Districts.

Thanks

Your University of Florida Extension agent in Miami-Dade County!

Vanessa Campoverde

 

Busy BEES in South FL Bee college! August 12, 2013

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Busy BEES in South FL Bee college!

Go to: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/honeybee/extension/SFbee_college.shtml

 

Small-scale Micro-irrigation Design FREE Webinar: August 28th-2pm August 1, 2013

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Dear friends:

If you are interested in a free-web seminar at the comfort of your house or office.

This webinar is scheduled for Aug 28, 2013 2:00 pm US/Eastern.

You do not need to pre-register for this webinar. Space is NOT limited however, please plan to join the Webinar no more than 15 minutes early.

Learn the basics of micro-irrigation design and components with emphasis on small-scale systems within the context of NRCS Conservation Practice Standard 441.

Small-scale micro-irrigation is on the rise in the East region and producers are taking advantage of NRCS’ programs to install micro-irrigation systems to enhance resource conservation, food security, produce quality, and rural livelihoods.

More detailed information please, click HERE

Enjoy it.

Your UF/IFAS Miami-Dade Extension agent

Vanessa Campoverde