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Blueberry Freeze Protection

Blueberries, like most temperate zone plants, become dormant during the winter, allowing them to survive the cold. As days become shorter and temperatures lower throughout the fall, blueberries’ growth slows and cold hardiness increases. While blueberries that become… Read More

Sweet Potato Pest Management

Sweet potatos

You may be familiar with sweet potatoes among Thanksgiving dinner tables, but these crops thrive in Florida’s hot summers. The colorful potatoes are grown throughout the state and are good sources of vitamins A and C. Unfortunately, the… Read More

Vaccinating Small Poultry Flocks

Commercial poultry is typically vaccinated, but small flock owners rarely vaccinate their birds for a variety of reasons: vaccines are too expensive, the owners are unaware disease is present, or they don’t know where to purchase vaccines. If… Read More

Strawberry Diseases

Diseases attack nearly all parts of strawberry plants, affecting both yields and quality. Botrytis fruit rot and powdery mildew are two major strawberry diseases in Florida. Here are some facts and tips on how to check your strawberry… Read More

Protecting Pets and Livestock from Cold Weather

As temperatures begin to cool, protecting pets and livestock from chilly weather becomes a priority. Pets require protection from the cold, as fur, feathers and other outer skin coverings may not provide enough warmth. Younger or small animals face a greater… Read More

Protecting Livestock from Predators

Predators are animals that kill and eat other animals, or prey. Predation is a natural process, and the only animals not considered predators are ones that strictly feed on plants. The first step in protecting livestock from predators… Read More

Eggplant Pest Management

While citrus may come to mind when people think of crops in Florida, the state was ranked second nationally in annual eggplant production. With eggplant production happening throughout Florida (southeastern Florida being the main production region), it’s important for farmers… Read More

Developing Agritainment

Local residents know that millions of visitors flock to Florida to visit its beaches, theme parks and other attractions each year. But many locals don’t know there are fun activities close to home. Agritainment is a variation of… Read More