The Joy of Christmas Trees

  Live tree farm The holiday season is approaching quickly, and nothing feels more festive than decorating a live Christmas tree. You can purchase a pre-cut Christmas tree, cut one yourself at a local tree farm, or select a potted living tree. Cutting a live tree can be a fun outing at a local Christmas tree…

The Buzz on June Landscaping

With the start of June, we see the shift to our hot and humid summer. This is the month we see our summer flowers start to bloom as we prepare for hurricane season. Anyone that visits our Facebook page (@UFputnamhort) will know that we have several programs going on in June revolving around pollinators. This…

Banker plants effective for managing thrips on roses

Chilli thrips are a nuisance to rose growers, as their feeding causes foliar and flower damage. For the first time, UF/IFAS researchers investigated the utility of a banker plant system for managing chilli thrips on roses. Recently published research in the Journal of Applied Entomology demonstrates the potential of this system for helping rose growers using two predatory…

Queen and Washingtonia Palms are Under Attack

The culprit is a fungus known as Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. palmarum We continue to lose many Queen and Washingtonia palms in residential and commercial properties all over South Florida.  According to University of Florida IFAS Extension, early symptoms include a one-sided discoloration of the lower fronds (See photo).  Eventually all of the lower fronds turn…

Thanks for teams that keep our food safe

Last year we needed someone fluent in USDA-speak and nimble enough to juggle 26 side conversations simultaneously. Fortunately, we already employed her.   Meri Nantz works in Food Science and Human Nutrition as a research administrator (RA). It’s her job to translate faculty research proposals into formal requests for funding.   It’s a job that doesn’t get much…

Can We Eradicate the Invasive Beach Vitex?

If you read the introduction article to this series you would know that yes – based on comments from Dr. Simberloff, we can.  But your best chance at doing so is when the species is early in its invasion of the area – Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR).  This can be seen again on the invasive species…

Florida’s Rangeland

Rangelands in Florida are land with native vegetation that have adapted to Florida’s conditions and during the winter months these rangelands are grazed by livestock. Florida is home to 350 native grass species, but no native grasses are used in planted pasture. Planted pasture are forages that have been introduced from another location. These native…

Weekly “What is it?”: Farm-City Week

Not every high school kid would give up a couple of days of their fall break to work on a farm, harvesting collard greens, or spend hours on their feet distributing food to the needy. But for years, Future Farmers of America (FFA) members and local Scouts have done just that—giving of their time and…

Citrus Flower Bud Advisory Starts for the Season

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — The University of Florida will resume providing growers regular flower bud advisories as the critical time for citrus grove management begins this winter. UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences associate professor Tripti Vashisth restarted the advisories Nov. 21 and will continue providing them every other week through the early spring.…

Giving Thanks for the Growers

Thanksgiving reminds us to give thanks. A reminder is much needed for all of us! So many times all that we have does not easily register over the demands of work in all its forms, the things and experiences we wish we had, and the other struggles we face. Being an Extension Agent working with…

Winter Landscape Fertilization

  Image credit: Wageningen University and Research For plants to be healthy and grow they must use sunlight to produce foods from carbon dioxide and water. This process called photosynthesis involves the plant drawing up water from roots, and leaves taking in CO2 from the air and trapping energy from the sun. The energy from the sun turns…
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