The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

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

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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

 

What do Floridians think about water issues? February 19, 2013

Although water is one of Florida’s most abundant resources, groundwater resources are being depleted by population growth, development and business and agricultural needs of the state. Residents and UF/IFAS Center for Public issues education (PIE Center) stakeholders routinely identify water as one of the most pressing issues in the state, according to PIE Center Director Tracy Irani, so water was the logical topic for launching the ambitious research series.

“Even though we are surrounded by water on all three sides, we’re finding that in this state, water is a resource to be concerned about,” Irani said. “There’s a greater and greater understanding that this resource needs to be conserved and that individual citizens have a role to play in that.”

Alexa Lamm, assistant professor of public opinion analysis in the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication., developed and distributed an online survey in late 2012 to a panel of Florida residents demographically representative of the state based on 2010 Census results.

When asked to rank where water was most needed, state residents left their landscaping at the bottom of the list; 60.7 percent of surveyed citizens said having enough water for household landscaping was either highly or extremely important.

Agriculture held the highest need for plentiful water, with 88.6 percent of respondents saying it was extremely or highly important. Recreation followed at 86.1 percent and golf courses at almost 84.8 percent. Commerce and industry ranked ahead of landscaping, as did freshwater resources and cities.

“People are more concerned with recreation activities and golf courses than they are with their own personal household landscapes,” Lamm said. “Water conservation efforts have been occurring and more people are more aware that their landscape doesn’t need as much water as they once thought.”

When compared to the needs of cities, commerce and recreation, Lamm speculated that Floridians seemed to be sacrificing their gardens for the greater good of the state.

Source: UF/IFAS Center for Public Education (PIE)

If you want to read more about Public opinions of water in Florida :Click here for Water Summary

Upcoming Class on Water BMP for nurseries : UF/IFAS Extension working in Miami-Dade County is working on a very first hands on field day on irrigation for commercial growers! Early registration ends this Friday 22: Online Flyer and Registration link

Until next time,

Vanessa Campoverde

 

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