The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

Whitefly sampling and new UF website! August 14, 2012

We had an amazing program on August 7, thanks to the participation of over 70 Miami-Dade growers, pest control supervisors, Extension specialists and chemical industry representatives together at UF-Extension Auditorium in Homestead, Miami area.
UF Extension Whitefly program

UF entomologists: Drs. Mannion and Osborne gave talks on Identification of the current whiteflies species affecting Miami ornamental plants; chemical management; resistance due to wrong identification and alternative management control using natural enemies like biological agents.

Your Miami-Dade UF Extension agent: (me) taught growers and pest management supervisors about key points for a successful identification of the whitefly they want to control.

Also your UF-Extension Agent taught about how to sample for whiteflies and how to use the new and FREE University of Florida Extension Whitefly website! With tools for educators, professionals and homeowners! Click here

Visit: UF-Miami Dade Extension website calendar or contact me at evcampoverde@ufl.edu for more educational classes for your institution.

See you in our next event: Farm Labor Safety! in English and Español! September 11.

 

It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s A Whitefly!!! July 13, 2012

I guess they never asked Superman to get rid of whitefly pests! Otherwise it would have been a painful defeat for the super hero against thousands of little warriors (each adult is approx. 2 mm long)

Whiteflies love South Florida and I am not kidding. Go outside and look at some palms or that black, sticky and sugary substance aka “honeydew” all over Miami-Dade county cars and landscape…yup! That was probably caused by an innocent whitefly population.

If you are annoyed by these white fellows, imagine growers and landscapers who have to deal with thousands of whiteflies attacking their crops. Just as an example, Ficus (rubber trees) used in fences are a heaven on Earth for one type of whitefly. Another whitefly likes pretty much any green plant (they are voracious)…Homeowners, pest control agencies, municipalities and green industry in general are literally pulling their hair to manage this pest.

The University of Florida Extension Office located in Homestead is putting together a program: “Whiteflies for ornamentals on in South Florida” August 7th with two Ornamental entomologists, your UF-Extension agent and industry representatives will be together in the same location for you to get all the research based information needed to learn how to identify and understand better types of management based on an accurate identification of each type of whitefly.

For more information on the agenda and to register for this great workshop click here: Online registration

 

Statewide 2012-2013-Grower-Extension-Survey ! July 5, 2012

Dear growers:

Have you ever wanted to be heard on your crop issues? Well this great opportunity to provide feedback to ornamental crops management by submitting an online survey to IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program. This is a statewide survey and Miami-Dade growers have the opportunity to send their thoughts and collaborate in the decision making of sustainable Pest Management Technology for next year!

But wait, what is IR-4?? It is a non-profit organization working to find pest management and plant growth regulator solutions for the ornamental horticulture industry.

It takes  3-5 minutes, that is nothing compared to your busy schedule right?

Description of the survey:

The 2012/2013 Grower and Extension Survey is now available here: Online survey

This survey is critical in deciding the IR-4 research priorities for ornamental horticulture. It outlines the pest management needs and will be a main component of the 2013 Workshop discussions.

As you fill out the questionnaire, focus your thoughts on disease, pest, and weed problems that are difficult to manage because there are not enough pest management options.

Please feel free to forward this survey to other interested people.

Thanks for helping IR-4 help the green industry!

Cristi Palmer

IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program Manager