Florida Forest Service Sends 40 Additional Firefighters to Help Combat Western Blazes

Sep 01, 17 Florida Forest Service Sends 40 Additional Firefighters to Help Combat Western Blazes

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service deployed 40 additional firefighters this morning to assist...

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Sibling termites take care of kids while moms and dads produce millions more

Sep 01, 17 Sibling termites take care of kids while moms and dads produce millions more

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Imagine mom and dad already have five children and are too busy, or lack the financial resources to raise more children. Sometimes, older siblings must assume some parental duties. That’s also what happens with some subterranean termites, and it results in...

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Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Statement Regarding Phosphorous Reduction in Everglades Agricultural Area

Aug 01, 17 Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Statement Regarding Phosphorous Reduction in Everglades Agricultural Area

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released the following statement regarding the South Florida Water Management District’s announcement that for the Water Year 2017 monitoring period, the Everglades...

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Fight the fleas that may increase around your home, landscape this summer

Aug 01, 17 Fight the fleas that may increase around your home, landscape this summer

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By MaryBeth Hornbeck If you own a pet, chances are you’ve dealt with fleas in some form or fashion. Unfortunately, our yards are fleas’ resorts, and they consider our pets to be their own personal valets and moving diners. Even wild animals can become a traveling flea circus. These problem insects can be an even bigger problem...

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Pineapple lily is easy to grow, exotically beautiful

Aug 01, 17 Pineapple lily is easy to grow, exotically beautiful

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By Norman Winter Once you start growing the pineapple lily, you’ll slap yourself and wonder why you haven’t been growing it for years. The ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ cultivar was the first to shock me at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia, as it was thriving in what I might...

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Give plants sun, space and air to prevent garden diseases

By Sharon Dowdy Home gardeners must fight insects and diseases to keep their vegetable plants healthy and productive. Diseases are harder to identify because, unlike bugs, you can’t easily see a pathogen, says University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist Elizabeth Little. “Insects can be seen on plants, but diseases...

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Fumigation a potential management tool for Georgia watermelon farmers fighting fusarium wilt disease

By Clint Thompson Fusarium wilt is on the rise in Georgia watermelon fields. University of Georgia scientists are studying whether this fungal disease can be managed through fumigation. Fumigation is a method of pest control that involves using volatile compounds in a restricted area to kill pests and pathogens. Research on the...

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Scientists find way to surgically strike out weeds that impede crop growth

Jul 03, 17 Scientists find way to surgically strike out weeds that impede crop growth

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by Brad Buck. • University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural  By using a combination of fumigants, University of Florida scientists believe they can surgically strike out some weeds that otherwise get in the way of vegetable growth. Researchers with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have shown that...

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recognizes School Gardens with “Golden Shovel” Awards

Jun 02, 17 Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recognizes School Gardens with “Golden Shovel” Awards

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced the winners of the third annual Florida Farm to School “Golden Shovel” Awards, which recognize Florida students, educators and community...

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Giving Gardeners Information on Potting Media for Trees and Shrubs

Jun 02, 17 Giving Gardeners Information on Potting Media for Trees and Shrubs

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By: Dennis O’Brien With spring here, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in Alabama have some timely advice for gardeners and homeowners who buy shrubs or trees. Their insight comes from a cooperative study with Auburn University scientists focused on the effects of pine bark and other types of potting media used with...

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UF scientists prepare for devastating pest in China before it makes its way to U.S.

By: Ellison Langford GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A previously unrecognized pest is making a name for itself devastating American sweetgum trees in China. Now, University of Florida researchers fear the insect will make its way to the United States and devastate its sweetgum trees. The bug was so obscure it recently had no scientific name...

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‘Inferno’ coleus has stunning orange foliage of perfection

Jun 02, 17 ‘Inferno’ coleus has stunning orange foliage of perfection

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By Norman Winter There is an ‘Inferno’ of color this spring coming from a coleus that racked up quite a number of perfect scorecards. ‘Inferno’ hasn’t been out long, but already it has heads turning, especially when you consider that it was total perfection in University of Georgia, University of Tennessee and Michigan...

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The paloverde is a drought-tolerant tree with distinctive green bark that’s covered with spines

Jun 02, 17 The paloverde is a drought-tolerant tree with distinctive green bark that’s covered with spines

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By Norman Winter I’ll never forget that rare cold morning at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. Monarchs and queen butterflies — cousin butterflies — were roosting in the retama trees waiting for the sun to warm them for flight. I had already fallen in love with the trees’ flashy display of thousands of yellow...

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UGA peanut entomologist Mark Abney advises farmers to monitor thrips activity

May 04, 17 UGA peanut entomologist Mark Abney advises farmers to monitor thrips activity

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By Clint Thompson With thrips activity at a high level, peanut farmers are advised to closely monitor their peanut seedlings as planting season gets underway, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut entomologist Mark Abney. “No matter what thrips management tactic is chosen, scouting is still a good...

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The problem expands for avocado growers: 9 beetle species carry deadly fungus

 by Brad Buck – by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.  Many people love their avocados – not to mention guacamole dip. So it was bad enough when scientists said a beetle was ravaging avocado trees in South Florida. Then scientists found out that the redbay ambrosia beetle — originally...

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Successful compost piles can be judged by the company they keep

May 04, 17 Successful compost piles can be judged by the company they keep

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By Merritt Melancon Gardeners are likely to see a whole community of living things in their compost piles — from millipedes and roaches to worms and small mammals. While most of this activity is natural and great for compost, some uninvited guests can indicate a problem with the compost pile. University of Georgia Cooperative...

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Native to the South, ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ is semi-evergreen, tough and tolerant.

Apr 04, 17 Native to the South, ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ is semi-evergreen, tough and tolerant.

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By Norman Winter It’s been amusing watching visitors get out of their cars and start taking photos of shrubs around the parking lot at the University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Sometimes we even laughingly call these tough-as-nails plants “parking lot shrubs.” I am referring to ‘Mrs. Schiller’s...

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UF workshop to help homeowners navigate HOA issues for landscaping

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu SANFORD, Fla. — Wondering if that new lawn will mean a discussion with your Homeowner’s Association? The University of Florida Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM  program offers a workshop on April 26 to help homeowners navigate the process. “Legally Speaking: FFL in The...

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‘Gloom’ and doom when these insects are on hot, dry red maple trees

Apr 04, 17 ‘Gloom’ and doom when these insects are on hot, dry red maple trees

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They are known as gloomy scales, and these insects can make a red maple tree’s life downright dreary. This is because the arthropods feed and thrive on them, especially in warm and dry urban landscapes, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher...

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Crape murder? UF/IFAS researcher says trim back on pruning crapemyrtle

Mar 01, 17 Crape murder? UF/IFAS researcher says trim back on pruning crapemyrtle

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu With spring around the corner, many homeowners are eyeing their crapemyrtle for a good pruning or topping. But pruning may not be necessary, and take too much off and you could harm the tree, said Gary Knox, a professor of environmental horticulture with the University of...

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