Tag: Citrus

Beneath the Earth, the ‘Black Box’ of Soil Holds a Key to Crop Growth

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Like much of what lies just beneath the earth’s surface, soil microbes present a mystery. University of Florida scientist Sarah Strauss seeks to help untangle the web of intrigue surrounding soil microbes to improve agricultural… Read More

UF/IFAS Helps Assess, Manage New Fruit Bug

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are already trying to help growers figure out how to effectively manage the problems created by an invasive pest  – confirmed last week… Read More

Honey Bees, are in the air!

The business of bees Honey Bees are everywhere in Highlands County. It’s that time of year when the bees are busy making honey. Because Highlands County produces so much citrus and citrus produces a heavy nectar flow, the… Read More

Newly Appointed UF/IFAS Extension Agent with Experience in Disease-Tolerant Citrus Serves Indian River District 

By ROBIN KOESTOYO FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A horticultural research scientist with experience in the development of disease-free citrus rootstock and disease tolerant citrus varieties in Iran’s northern agricultural region will now serve the Indian River District’s growers…. Read More

Philippines Fulbright Scholar Finds Lady Bugs Will Control Florida Red Scale Pest Insects 

By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla.– A Fulbright Scholar from the Philippines has found that lady beetles will attack and control the Florida red scale, a pest insect that damages the peel on Florida’s signature citrus crop. Jessamyn… Read More

Highlands County Master Gardener class starting January 26th

Sharpen your gardening skills! Highlands County Master Gardener Class is getting ready to start. Every year, the last Saturday in January, the class begins. The classes are every Wednesday after opening day until the last Wednesday in March…. Read More