Category: Agriculture

Guidelines for Purchasing and Using Commercial Natural Enemies and Biopesticides in North America

Green lacewing adult

This guide provides assistance in selecting, purchasing, and using commercially available natural enemies and biopesticides for managing pest problems. The guide assists in the identification of pests by habitat and lists types of natural enemies (parasitic nematodes, predatory… Read More

Avian Diseases Transmissible to Humans

Chickens feeding in their coop. Photos from the Smathers Archives.

Anyone who keeps birds, whether as pets or as production animals, should be aware that certain avian diseases can be transmitted to humans. The seriousness of the disease in humans varies with human hosts’ age, overall health, and… Read More

Maximizing Weed Control in Florida Citrus

citrus groves, florida, oranges, leaves, trees. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright.

With Florida citrus growers and production managers being “squeezed” between rising production prices and declining yields from citrus greening, there’s more call than ever to reduce citrus production costs. Controlling weeds is a major expense, amounting to 11%… Read More

Creeping Indigo, A Poisonous Plant of Concern in Florida Pastures

Flowers of creeping indigo arise from the base of the leaves and are pink to salmon in color.

A recent rise in suspected horse poisonings has brought new attention to creeping indigo (Indigofera spicata), a toxic plant which has reportedly been in Florida for as long as 90 years. This new 5-page fact sheet covers plant… Read More

Understanding Nitrogen Transformations and Cycling for Sweet Corn Production in Sandy Soils

Because sandy soils have low water and nutrient-holding capacities and Florida experiences high rainfall periodically, optimizing fertilizer use efficiency for sweet corn production is challenging. The preparation of nitrogen budgets and the implementation of effective management strategies can… Read More