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April 2024: UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Events

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March 15, 2024

Unearth the Excitement: UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Events Welcome to a season of discovery and community at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County! As we welcome the vibrant hues of spring, we’re excited to unveil a series of enthralling events ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Events, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Recreation
Tags: Central Florida, Florida Ecosystem, Polk County, Polkpesttraining, Vermicomposting
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“Something to Talk About”—Seminole Pumpkins!

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October 25, 2022

Have you heard that Seminole pumpkins can be grown easily in Polk County? They are not only easy to grow but also make nutritious and flavorful dishes—and to top that off, they’re just plain fun! Seminole pumpkins are a cultivated ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Halloween, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Pollinators, Pumpkins, Vegetable Gardening

Plagas de las Fincas de Florida: Chinches Apestosas


September 15, 2022

Hay varias plagas comunes en Florida que pueden causar daños graves a las plantas. Una de estas plagas comunes son los insectos soldados, también conocidos como chinches apestosas (“Stink Bugs”). Estas plagas, si no se controlan adecuadamente, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Fruits & Vegetables, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Chinche Apestosa, En Espanol, Espanol, Florida Pests, Integrated Pest Management, IPM, Polk Small Farms, Stink Bugs, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Polk County

Florida Farm Pests: Stink Bugs


September 15, 2022

There are various common pests in Florida known to cause serious damage to plants. One of these common pests are Soldier Bugs also known as Stink Bugs. These pests if not control properly can cause serious economic damage to both crops and ornamental ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Fruits & Vegetables, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Florida Pests, Integrated Pest Management, IPM, Polk Small Farms, Stink Bugs, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Polk County

Hydroponics: NFT System


July 29, 2022

Each year we have less agricultural land available, making it more difficult for farmers to acquire land to grow crops due to urban development increases in Florida. From 2010 to 2019, Florida’s population grew 14.2% to become the third ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Hydroponics, Hydroponic_NFT, Polk County, Polksmallfarms, Small Farms, UF/IFAS

Hidropónicos: SISTEMA NFT


July 29, 2022

Cada año tenemos menos tierras agrícolas disponibles, lo que dificulta que los agricultores adquieran terreno para sus cultivos debido al aumento del desarrollo urbano en Florida. Del 2010 a 2019, la población de Florida creció un ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: En Espanol, Espanol, Hydroponics, Hydroponic_NFT, Polk County, Polksmallfarms, Small Farms, UF/IFAS

Florida Farm Pests: Fruit Flies (Drosophila ssp.)


July 1, 2022

If you have seen flies flying around your ripe fruits, it is probably a fruit fly.  Drosophila (a genus of flies that includes the family Drosophilidae), also known as small fruit flies, are a common pest in Florida all-year-round.  Especially ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Food Safety, Fruits & Vegetables, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Farm_management, Florida_Pests, Food Safety, Fruit_Fly, IPM, Polk County FL, Polk Small Farms, UF/IFAS

Plagas de Las Fincas de Florida: Mosca de la fruta (Drosophila ssp.)


July 1, 2022

Si ha visto moscas volando alrededor de sus frutas maduras, probablemente sea una mosca de la fruta. Drosophila (un género de moscas que incluye a la familia Drosophilidae), también conocidas como pequeñas moscas de la fruta, son una plaga ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Food Safety, Fruits & Vegetables, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: En Espanol, Espanol, Farm_management, Florida_Pests, Food Safety, Fruit_Fly, IPM, Polk County FL, Polk_Small_Farms, UF/IFAS
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A test to check the germination rate of old seeds


September 17, 2021

Have old seeds packets and wondering if the seeds are still viable to grow in the garden? Many seeds will last for years if stored correctly in a cool, dry, indoor environment. Follow these simple steps to test your old seeds. Gather your ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Fruits & Vegetables
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Florida-Friendly Plants, Germination Test, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Seed Germination, Seeds, Swebb, Vegetable Gardening, Vegetables

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