Category: Agriculture

Common rust disease causes premature leaf drop of frangipani (plumeria) plants.

A rust (fungus) disease, Coleosporium plumeria, defoliates many varieties every year.                Top photo: The rust disease coats the underside of the leaf with orange pustules and causes leaves to turn yellow, then brown and rapidly defoliate in… Read More

Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting Recap 2018

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On Monday, November 5th, small-scale vegetable farmers, cattle ranchers, mushroom growers, food foresters and industry members came together to discuss the opportunities and challenges of small-scale farming in Southwest Florida.                … Read More

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly (Aleurodicus rugioperculatus: Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) Popping Up on Coconut Palms- Oct. 2018

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               Above: Spiraling whiteflies smother a gumbo-limbo (Pic: Kim Gable, UF |IFAS Extension Key West). Bottom: Close-up of spiraling whitefly (Pic. Holly Glenn, UF|IFAS Homestead TREC). Note the sucking mouthparts.   The Rugose spiraling whitefly is a mess-maker,… Read More

Event: Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting November 5th

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We are pleased to announce the Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting @ Oakes Demo Farm in Naples, FL WHEN: Monday, November 5, 2018 TIME: 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM WHERE: Oakes Demo Farm, Deer Run Lane, Naples, FL 34120… Read More

EVENT: JAMAS Fruit Class Sept. 22, 2018

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JAMAS Landscape Fruit Tree Horticulture Class Bummed out about your dying citrus trees? Yearning to learn about other fruit alternatives? Sponsored by: Doug Caldwell, UF|IFAS Landscape Horticulture and Jessica Ryals, Food Sustainability Educator. WHEN: Sat. September 22, 2018–… Read More

Container Vegetable Gardening

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If your vegetable gardening is limited by insufficient space or an unsuitable area, consider the possibility of raising fresh, nutritious, homegrown vegetables in containers. A window sill, a patio, a balcony or a doorstep will provide sufficient space… Read More

Event: Demystifying Florida Food Regulations

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  Demystifying Florida Food Regulations – Roundtable of federal and state food regulators and open discussion. Interested in starting a Food Business in Florida? Food regulations can be complex to understand and uncertainties in interpreting the policies can… Read More

Yellow Flowers of Invasive Earleaf Acacia and Christmas Senna Easy to Spot in November-December!

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                                Above: The earleaf acacia (Acacia auriculiformis) grows to 40 feet tall and has unique curled, “ear” -whose ear? seed pods and unique, elongate leaves with parallel veins. Right, above: Compare the Christmas senna (Senna pendula ‘Glabrata’ )… Read More