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Category: Pests & Disease

How to Take a Good Plant Sample

One of the great benefits of working with UF/IFAS Extension is that local experts are working in every county in Florida using science to solve problems, especially those related to lawns and landscapes! These experts are known as… Read More

Psychedelic Grass: It’s Not What You Think

How would you describe this pattern in the turfgrass? Leopard print, Zebra turf, swirlie, wormy, or psychedelic… The pattern described by many names looks quite interesting, almost artistic! This unusual pattern is a result of frost damage on… Read More

Agricultural diagnostic services in Alachua County available during COVID-19 outbreak

Pests and diseases don’t stop during an epidemic, but multiple services typically available for growers have been disrupted. Below, find some of the latest updates on the availability of diagnostic services. Phone numbers for the different labs are… Read More

UF plant and soil diagnostic labs essential to Florida agriculture, economy during COVID-19

In the time of COVID-19, plants still get sick, and the soil that nourishes them needs care. The health of plants and soil is critical to agriculture, an industry designated an essential service in response to the pandemic…. Read More

The New Face of Florida Farm Workers – Robots

Migrant workers have long been the greatest asset to Florida growers.  Without their hard work and dedication, growers would be unable to feed our nation.  However, as immigration laws become more strict, the migrant worker pool has dwindled,… Read More

UF/IFAS professor receives recognition for early career excellence

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — One of the University of Florida’s most promising professors has been nationally recognized as an industry leader for her scholarship and service. Lauren Diepenbrock, an assistant professor of entomology working at… Read More

What’s that black mold on my plant?

That unsightly black stuff When a black film we call sooty mold visits your plants and covers the leaves you can be sure of at least one thing. You have an insect problem.  Most of you have seen… Read More