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Tag: Pest Alert

USDA Confirms Screwworms in the Florida Keys

Screwworms were eradicated from the Southeast back in 1959.  This week USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World Screwworms Cochliomyia hominivorax in three deer in the Florida Keys.  At this point, APHIS… Read More

Conditions are Favorable for Bacterial Spot in Fall Tomatoes

High temperatures and wet weather produce the perfect conditions for the onset of bacterial spot in tomato fields. The disease is caused by various species of Xanthomonas bacteria. Small spots (1/8 inch) form on leaves, stems, and fruit. The leaf… Read More

Scout Pastures for Toxic Perilla Mint this Fall

Perilla mint (perilla frutescnes) aka Beefstakeplant is a toxic weed that typically grows in shady, to partially shaded areas, damp spots, woodland edges, and  fence-lines of pastures in the Southeast. Positive identification of this weed has been made… Read More

Webinar: Biology and Management of Bermudagrass Stem Maggot

Biology and Management of Bermudagrass Stem Maggot Webinar February 6 at 10 A.M. CST Bermudagrass stem maggot, a new invasive pest, has been found across much of the Southeast.  First identified in Georgia in 2010, bermudagrass stem maggot… Read More

Got Cogongrass? FL Forest Service has a Cost-share program to help with Control

2012 Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program Sign-up Period: July 31, through August 28, 2012 A Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program is currently being offered to eligible non-industrial private landowners by the Florida Forest Service (FFS) through temporary grants from the… Read More