Friday, June 29, 2012

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Number 125: June 29, 2012




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PMN Webcasts Now More Apple Friendly

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The Plant Management Network now offers Quicktime versions of its commodity-specific webcasts to better accommodate its growing audience of iPad and iPhone users. All webcasts going back to January 2010 are now Apple-friendly. Visit PMN's Education Center to see the entire webcast collection.


Kudzu Bug and Frogeye Leaf Spot Featured in Focus on Soybean

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Kudzu bug is both a relatively new and fast-growing issue for soybean growers. This presentation by Dr. Jeremy Greene, Professor of Entomology at Clemson University, will help users identify, scout for, and manage the kudzu bug in soybeans. The history of the kudzu bug's distribution in the USA, identification of the life stages of the species, data demonstrating potential yield losses due to the insect, expected control with insecticides, and tentative treatment threshold recommendations are specifically covered.
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Frogeye Leaf Spot is an important foliar disease, causing substantial yield loss in hot, humid weather conditions. This presentation by Dr. Kiersten Wise, Assistant Professor and Extension Field Crops Pathologist at Purdue University, offers users an understanding of the disease, as well as how to deal with it. This presentation covers the conditions that favor infection and disease development; management options and current recommendations; and the biology of the fungus that causes Frogeye Leaf Spot.
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First of Two-Part Webcast Discusses 300-Bushel Corn

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In this first of a two-part presentation, Dr. Roger Elmore, Extension Corn Specialist and Professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University, discusses what it takes to maximize yield in corn crops. At the end of this presentation, users will understand how yield components work together to produce yield, the importance of maximizing leaf area, and the impact of stress at different development stages on kernel numbers and yield. View presentation | View other corn talks


Tomato Webcast Addresses Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

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Dr. Tom Kuhar, Associate Professor of Entomology at Virginia Tech, helps tomato growers, consultants, and others better understand and manage the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). The presentation includes a biological and ecological background of the BMSB, illustrations of the BMSB and the damage they cause, population data for tomato crops, insecticide efficacy data for managing the BMSB, and best management practices. View presentation | View other tomato talks


Silver Scurf Featured in Focus on Potato

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Dr. Philip Hamm, Professor of Plant Pathology at Oregon State University, helps users identify and manage the fungus that causes silver scurf on potatoes. In this talk, management options are discussed, starting at the planting phase, then harvest, and finally storage.
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Last Month’s Most Popular Articles

Applied Turfgrass Science: Irrigation Requirements of Tall Fescue and Kentucky Bluegrass Cultivars Selected Under Acute Drought Stress  Summary | Article

Crop Management: Controlling Glyphosate-Resistant Palmer Amaranth in Soybean with Glufosinate-Based and Conventional Herbicide Programs  Summary | Article

Forage and Grazinglands: Effects of Applying Five Nitrogen Rates on Quality of Nine Varieties of Introduced Perennial Forages  Summary | Article

Plant Health Progress: The Pest Potential of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug on Vegetable Crops  Summary | Article

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Suppression of Field Paspalum in Kentucky Bluegrass with Mesotrione  Summary | Article

Effects of Nitrogen, Growth Regulators, and Mowing Height on Ball Lie in TifSport Bermudagrass  Summary | Article



New Articles from . . .

Applied Turfgrass Science - Crop Management
Forage and Grazinglands - Plant Health Progress

Plant Health Progress

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Effect of Geosmithia morbida Isolate and Temperature on Canker Development in Black Walnut  Summary | Article

Multiyear Evaluation of an Orange Peel Oil-based Spray Additive for Managing Insect Pests and Brown Rot of Nectarine  Summary | Article


Goss's Wilt May Be on More Growers' Radars   Article

Trouble on the Horizon for GM Crops?   Article

Soy Checkoff-Funded Video Series Helps Boost Production, Profit Potential   Article

Rhizoctonia Root Rot   Article

Ash Problems   Article

ENTRUST SC Insecticide Gives Organic Growers Effective Insect Control   Article

Growers Should Begin Scouting for Potato Leafhopper in Alfalfa Earlier This Year   Article

Pennsylvania Potato, Tomato Growers Hit By Late Blight, Should Remain Vigilant   Article

Looking Below the Surface   Article

Watch for Armyworm in Corn, Wheat and Grass   Article

Over 95 Percent of Chicagoland Legacy Tree Project Ash Trees Thriving Two Years After Safari Insecticide Applications   Article

New Disease Infects Louisiana Impatiens   Article

Iowa State Researchers Explore Possible Causes of Honeybee Disappearance   Article

Bt Corn Root Injury Confirmed and Exceptionally Early Western Corn Rootworm Adult Emergence   Article

Timely Fungicide Application Key to Success in Soybean Production   Article

Big, Black Grasshoppers Arrive, but Cause Little Trouble   Article

METLOCK Fungicide Seed Treatment Now Available in Corn, Cotton   Article

New Pest Could Cost Blueberry Growers   Article

Disease Control Practices Imperative for High Corn Yields   Article

TRANSFORM WG Insecticide Receives Section 18 Registration in Four Midsouth States   Article

Larger Refuges Needed to Sustain Success of Bt Corn   Article

Two Nuisance Caterpillars are Out in Greater Numbers This Year   Article

Unwelcome Guest: The European Pepper Moth Arrives in Georgia   Article

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Soil Testing Determines the Lack of Sulfur Response in Canola Grown in Oklahoma  Summary | Article


Colorado State University Extension Offers Horticulture Tips During Colorado Drought   Article

WSSA Says Biofuel Best Practices are Imperative to Protect against Plant Invaders   Article

Rice Farmers Get Advice at Acadia Parish Field Day   Article

More Crops Affected as Drought Spreads Throughout Indiana   Article

Crops and Water   Article

Mesotrione Minor Use Registrations Provide for Extension of 'Exclusive Use' Period   Article

Deltapine New Product Evaluator Program Begins Fifth Year of Delivering New High-Yielding Varieties   Article

Pioneer Improves, Expands Digital Resources for Growers   Article

Iowa State University-Led Project on Climate and Corn Cropping Systems Begins Second Year of Research   Article

Asgrow Brand Rock Star Products Take the Stage in 2013   Article

INSTINCT Nitrogen Stabilizer From Dow AgroSciences Obtains Section 3 Federal Supplemental Label   Article

Protect Your Harvest; Start With a Clean Bin   Article

Drought Making Pastures Disappear, Turning Fields to Powder   Article

K-State Scientists Lead Effort That Finds Genes Underlying Domestication of Sorghum, Other Cereals   Article

ThrEEE Nitrogen Sidedress Benefits   Article

Pioneer Hi-Bred Responding to Customer Needs with Optimum GLY Canola   Article

Making the Most of In-Season Nitrogen Applications   Article

Drought Continuing to Affect Western Kentucky Grain Crops   Article

Assess Nitrogen in Corn After Heavy Rains   Article

Forage and Grazinglands

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Yield and Nutritive Value Differences Among Cool-Season Grasses  Summary | Article

Fall Herbicide Treatments Reduce Northern Dewberry (Rubus flagellaris) Stem Density in Tall Fescue Pastures and Haylands  Summary | Article



Grazing Management is Critical During Drought Article

Continued Dry Weather Takes its Toll on Indiana Forage Crops Article

Early Spring Means Cutting Hay Early Article

Recommendations on Managing Forage as Drought Increases Article

Portable Equipment Aids Farmers' Forage Decisions Article

Early Weaning One Tactic to Cope With Poor Forage Conditions Article

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IFAS in the news, 6/28

Good morning -- Here is today's IFAS news:

UF announces breakthrough to protect crops

Classes, camps, blood drive and cat adoptions (Green industries brief/Hernando)

In Pinellas County's gardens

Other news:

Frequent Flier Pros to the Rescue

It's not just how many calories, but what kind, study finds,0,3966421.story

Editorial: Wanted: Superhero

Sinkhole closes section of SR 26 in Melrose

Michael Shuman Keynote Speaker // Register Today! // FL Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises Conf


Announcing MICHAEL SHUMAN as Keynote Speaker!
July 9th - Early Registration Deadline
Special Guest Room Rates Expiring - Make Your Reservations Today


  Florida Small Farms and Alternative
Enterprises Conference 


Educating Entrepreneurs to Strengthen Local Food Systems


July 27-29, 2012 * Kissimmee, FL 






Michael Shuman author of "The Small-Mart Revolution" to provide the keynote address at the 4th Annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference. Read more



July 9 is Deadline for Early Registration
Don't Delay  

The early registration deadline is July 9, but many sessions have limited capacity so we encourage you to register as soon as possible.  


Can't attend the entire conference? Take advantage of the one or two day options available.   

See Registration Information 





Program Finalized and Available 

The Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference Committees are proud to bring to  

you another outstanding event.This year's conference will feature:
· Keynote Speaker, Michael Shuman

· Innovative Farmer Awards  

· Tours, Workshops and Educational Sessions
· Trade Show with Suppliers and Resources

· Live Animal Exhibits 

· Saturday Networking Social with Chefs & Entertainment

· And much more! 


Use the following links to view the overall agenda-at-a-glance and to learn more about this incredible program.   


Keynote Speaker Michael Shuman 

Tours, Workshops and Sessions 

Exhibitor Listing 

Educational Posters 

Networking and Social Events   



Conference Sponsors

It is our privilege to recognize the following organizations and companies for their contributions. Their support helps provide the quality, cutting-edge education offered at the conference.

Sustaining Partner

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsor  



 General Sponsor



If you are interested in sponsoring, please visit our Sponsorship Opportunities webpage or contact Bob Hochmuth chair of the fund raising committee.



Food and Beverage Contributors

We would like to recognize the following Florida farms and allied industries for their donation to the conference.






Outstanding Contributors to the FL Small Farmer Registration Scholarship

Thank you for providing funds so Florida Small Farmers may participate in this premier educational and networking conference.     





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Reduced Room Rates Expiring - Make Your Reservation Today! 

Rates are expiring and availability is limited for hotels and motels supporting the conference by offering participants reduced guest room rates.     

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State "Small Farms" to receive the reduced rates.    


Who Should Attend 

· Small Family Farms

· Transitional Farmers

· Beginning Farmers

· Allied-industry Representatives

· Educators

· Researchers

· Agricultural Associations

· Policy-makers

· Foundations

· Anyone interested in becoming a part of, and strengthening the small farm community in Florida


Help Us Reach Florida Farmers  

If you know Florida farmers, colleagues, industry representatives or others who might be interested in participating in this conference, please forward this announcement. Thank you!  


Become of Friend of the Conference


· Is your organization directly funding individuals to participate in the conference?
 · Are you spreading the word about the conference?

· Are you promoting the conference at other meetings and events?


Tell us about your efforts and become a Friend of the FL SF Conference.  


Become an Exhibitor     

Looking to introduce your products to small farms and alternative enterprises farming communities?  Become an Exhibitor.  


· 100% of the exhibitors surveyed in 2010 and 2011 met their target audience.


· 99% of past exhibitors responded they would exhibit again.


· Roughly 800 participants attend yearly.


Take this opportunity to expand your customer base and showcase new products to existing clientele.  See details.


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Food and Beverage Contributors

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For More Information

About this year's conference, visit the 2012 conference website:   

About small farms in Florida, visit the small farms website:

Mandy Stage, Conference Coordinator
Tel: 352-392-5930; Email: