We have all read how important pollinators are to an ecosystem. We have also heard of all the causes for the decline of several species, but maybe we haven’t sat down to think of what we can do to improve their health around our homes. ... READ MORE
Exploring alternative agricultural uses for your property can be challenging, especially when dealing with plant disease in crop and ornamental production. Often, we get calls from citizens that are acquiring or have acquired land and are unsure ... READ MORE
All farmers have a significant role in protecting our natural resources. Science based approaches are being taken around the State of Florida to ensure that there is adequate use of water and the impact of our agricultural practices is minimal, ... READ MORE
Cilantro or coriander (Coriandrum sativum) can be grown as an alternative crop which can be grown alongside your collard greens this winter.
Coriander was named after the bedbug emitting the same odor, and it is commonly named cilantro. ... READ MORE
They are everywhere. They came from South America in the 1930s and were first reported entering ports in the Panhandle coming in from Brazil. It is the red imported fire ant (RIFA).
There are two types of fire ants in this state: the native ... READ MORE
Being a farmer, regardless of the operation's size comes with many challenges, from battling the elements to wrestling with pests to finding a market for the commodities we grow. Finding time to build a cash flow statement every year is a daunting ... READ MORE
Over the past year I have had several calls of people concerned about the decline of their iconic Cabbage palms (Sabal palmetto) for no apparent reason. There is a relatively new palm disease that is affecting our cabbage (Sabal), Phoenix ... READ MORE
If you live in Hardee County, there are a range of soil types that make our area diverse. Also the former presence of citrus groves, livestock operations and vegetable fields where we now call our homestead can add a little more variety to our ... READ MORE