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 for more educational classes for your institution.

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


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