Thursday, October 31, 2013

Upcoming events and announcements

FFVA Health Care Reform meetings. Multiple dates and locations. Please see attached flyer for details.


Nov. 6 – Florida Ag Expo, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Balm, FL. 7:30am-3:45pm. Please see attached postcard for details.


Nov. 12 – Vegetable BMP Meeting, SWFREC, Immokalee, FL. 12:00pm-3:10pm. Please see attached flyer for details.


Nov. 21 – SWFREC Fall Vegetable Field Day, Immokalee, FL. 9:30am-1:00pm. Please see attached flyer for details.


Dec. 3 – Suwannee Valley Watermelon Institute and optional Food Safety Audit Workshop, Gainesville, FL. 10:00am-7:00pm. Please see attached flyer for details.


Dec. 4 – Building Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual, Bartow, FL. 8:30am-5:00pm. See the flyer here: See the registration here:



Online Resources:


Workshop Presentations from the 2013 Naples Tomato Safety Update (Sept. 3)


2013 Tomato Institute Presentations and Proceedings


2013 Vegetable Production Guide for Florida


PIE Webinar: Floridians' opinions of GMOs, food safety & food security: What happens when people don't believe the facts?

Wednesday, Dec. 4
2-3 p.m. Eastern

For more information and to register please visit:



Employment Opportunities:


Tomato and pepper greenhouse grower, Palmetto, FL. Please contact Kenny at 941-737-4803

Bunkerhill Vineyard and Winery: Multiple part time positions available. Please contact or 941-776-0418



Other News:


Retail garden center looking for wholesale supplier of vegetable plants.  If interested please contact


Endosulfan now illegal for most crops: See attachment for end dates.

The insecticide endosulfan, which can be labeled as Endosulfan, Thiodan, Drexel Endosulfan or Thionex®, has been undergoing a phase-out for end-users.


The phase-out began on July 31, 2012 for many Florida crops such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, celery, cucumber, lettuce, summer melon (cantaloupe and watermelon), summer squash, non-bearing and nursery stock citrus, collard greens, eggplant, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, strawberry, sweet potato, Christmas trees, and leatherleaf fern. July 31, 2012 was the last date of legal application to these crops, which have for the large part been harvested by 2013.


The use of this product is now illegal for all Florida crops except apple, blueberry, pepper, potato, pumpkin, sweet corn, tomato and winter squash. Floridian end-users are able to use endosulfan on these crops (apple, blueberry, pepper, potato, pumpkin, sweet corn, tomato and winter squash) until December 31, 2014.


If these same crops are grown in other states, endosulfan may be used in those states until July 31, 2015. Livestock ear tags and some vegetable crops grown for seed have an end-user date of July 31, 2016. Currently, there are tolerance expiration dates that are the same as the end-use date, leaving no time between a possible last application and the tolerance expiration. Under such circumstances, it is possible that a lawful application of endosulfan could result in residues in a crop for which the tolerance has been revoked.



Calling all Gator Fans –special football ticket offer for farmers!!


The University Athletic Association, Inc. has partnered with RAM Trucks (formerly Dodge) to offer the agriculture community as well as their family and friends, an opportunity to catch the Gator Football team in action Saturday, November 9th versus the Vanderbilt Commodores.


Enjoy the Homecoming Football Game at a special rate of $25 per ticket, which is 50% off the regular ticket price!


For details on how to get your tickets, go to


Go Gators!



Crystal Snodgrass, M.S.
Extension Agent, Vegetables
Manatee County Government
University of Florida IFAS Extension
941-722-4524, Ext. 230
Fax: 941-721-6796


PMN Update 141

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Plant Management Network News
Number 141: October 30, 2013


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PMN Welcomes Newest Partner: Nichino America


Nichino America is scientifically and technically driven and committed to discovering new and unique proprietary chemistries. The company’s products provide crop-specific solutions that fit closely with today’s IPM and Resistance Management practices. As a specialist in unique solutions, Nichino America offers products that are targeted to specific pests, often filling the technical gaps that other products may leave behind. Join the 80-plus industry, nonprofit, and land-grant university partners that support our nonprofit mission: to enhance the health, management, and production of agricultural and horticultural crops. Please contact us for details on how to become a partner.

PMN Publishes Grant Outreach Webcast on Citrus Greening


Dr. Tim Gottwald, Research Leader in Plant Pathology at USDA-ARS, recently developed a survey to help predict the spread of Citrus Greening (aka Huanglongbing), allowing users to maximize their resources for detection, response, and control. Gottwald discusses this survey through a PMN grant outreach webcast, titled “Risk-Based Residential HLB/ACP Survey for California, Texas, and Arizona”. To learn more about how your grant-funded research can be featured in a webcast, contact Phil Bogdan, PMN/APS Staff, at

Seedling Diseases of Corn  Webcast

Managing Weed Resistance to Herbicides in the Potato Rotation   Webcast

Management of Glyphosate-Resistant Italian Ryegrass   Webcast

Integrated Pest Management of Whiteflies and TYLCV in Florida Fresh Market Tomato   Webcast


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UF/IFAS in the news, 10/31

Boo! Your Halloween UF/IFAS news roundup:

The Agriculture Industry: Cultivating a Future in Gainesville’s Economy

UF survey: Adults lack basic knowledge on caloric intake

UF Researchers Help Write New Book on Rare Tropical Fish

Albrigo Discusses Citrus Fruit Drop

Demand For ‘Good Bacteria’ Expected To Continue Increasing


Expert: Parents need a post-Halloween candy consumption plan



UF and other news:

Lubee Bat Conservancy dispels scary bat myths

Local compost organization to offer post-Halloween pumpkin pickup

Second recent UF bomb threat diffused

Few texting tickets issued

October bills show first of two rate changes from biomass

Cost to remain same this year for Florida Prepaid College Program



October 2013 Citruslines and Fruit Crop Update



I have attached the latest issue of Central Florida Citruslines and Fruit Crops Update.


Thank you,


Gary K. England

Multi-County Extension Agent III – Fruit Crops

Lake County Extension

1951 Woodlea Road

Tavares, FL 32778

(352) 343-4101 Ext. 2729

(352) 343-2767 Fax