Monthly Archive: June 2014

It is Not Too Early to Start Tracking Peanut Maturity

Figure 1. Peanut plant with flowers, pegs, several stages of young pods, and nearly mature pods. Photo credit: Barry Tillman Barry Tillman, UF/IFAS Peanut Breeder You may think it is too soon to start thinking about peanut maturity. After all, thanks to a cool, wet spring, most farms have only recently finished planting!  However, maturity …

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Southern Corn Rust Spreading in Southwest Gerogia

Source:  Seminole Crop E News Rome Etrhedge, UGA Seminole County Coordinator Southern rust has shown up in a number of corn fields in Seminole county. Rome is urging corn farmers to apply fungicides again, if it’s been 3 weeks since their tassel application. Decatur County agent Justin Ballew with southern corn rust on the lower …

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A Fluffy Woolly Mass on Woody Plants

Homeowner accounts of white fluffy woolly masses on woody ornamentals have been on the rise.  They can appear on the ends of a wide variety of woody ornamental branches in the landscape.  A closer inspection of these white woolly masses can provide the curious observer with a startling surprise.  “It’s Alive!”  It moves and seems …

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Purple Sunset® Pomegranate

Orange flowers and purple fruits often occur on Purple Sunset pomegranate at the same time, producing a colorful display. Photo by Gary Know, UF IFAS. Purple Sunset is a new ornamental cultivar of pomegranate, Punica granatum. Purple Sunset pomegranate is distinguished from fruiting pomegranate by a bushy, compact habit and numerous flowers followed by small, …

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4Rs of Fertilizer Application

The old cliché is “April showers bring May flowers”, but April deluges create weak plants and yellow grass. You were following the UF/IFAS recommendations and waited until April 15th to fertilize. You followed the Urban Turf Rule and applied a low-phosphate fertilizer with slow-release nitrogen. Yet, your grass is yellow and the shrubs haven’t put …

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Fruit Grafting Workshop June 18

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • 8:30am—3:00pm Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center 8202 CR 417, Live Oak, FL 32060 Cost: $ 50 per person This workshop is for farmers and homeowners interested in learning about grafting and propagating grapes and stone fruits such as peaches. The program will feature hands-on collection of scion material and grafting …

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Florida Seed Association Seminar June 24-25

30th Annual Seedmen Seminar June 24th & 25th, 2014 University of Florida, Plant Science Research and Education Unit Frank Stronach Conference Center 2556 wesy Highway 318, Citra, Florida 32113 Tuesday June 24th 12:00 PM Registration 1:00 – 1:30 – Dr Kevin Folta – UF/IFAS Horticulture – Reframing the Communication on Transgenic Crops 1:30 – 2:00 …

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Time to Start Scouting Cotton for Plant Bugs

Tarnished Plant Bug. Photo credit: Russ Ottens, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org Our oldest planted cotton has started squaring and it’s time to start scouting fields for plant bugs. For the past several years the tarnished plant bug has been ranked nationally as the number one cotton insect pest in terms of yield losses. This has …

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To Spray or Not To Spray; These Tools can help with Peanut Fungicide Spray Decisions.

Environmental conditions as well as field history are critical factors in developing your peanut fungicide prescription.  Photo by John Atkins. In recent years, we have heard about the benefits of early season fungicide sprays for the products Proline® and Abound®. These sprays typically occur between 20 and 40 days after planting which is more or …

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Growing Blueberries in the Edible Landscape

Blueberry. Photo credit: Eric Zamora, UF IFAS. Blueberries are native to Eastern North America. They are one of the few crop plants that originated here. The rabbiteye blueberry occurs mostly in certain river valleys in Northern Florida and Southeastern Georgia. The high bush blueberry is native to the eastern third of the United States and Southeastern …

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