Friday, May 29, 2015

Florida Land Steward Update 5/29/15

Florida Land Steward Update
May 29, 2015

Have Land?  Get a Plan and Stay Connected.  Florida Land Steward is your source of assistance, information, events and resources.

News, information and upcoming events below.  
Please share this update with your neighbors, colleagues and others that may be interested.

- Florida Land Steward Newsletter (Spring/Summer 2015 (Vol 4, No 2) and back issues -


News & Info Brief


Farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners can now do business with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a new online portal.  The Conservation Client Gateway allows producers to work with conservation planners online to access Farm Bill programs, request assistance, and track payments for their conservation activities.

“What used to require a trip to a USDA service center can now be done from a home computer through Conservation Client Gateway,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Conservation Client Gateway enables farmers, ranchers and private landowners to securely:

·  Request NRCS technical and financial assistance;
·  Review and sign conservation plans and practice schedules;
·  Complete and sign an application for a conservation program;
·  Review, sign and submit contracts and appendices for conservation programs;
·  Document completed practices and request certification of completed practices;
·  Request and track payments for conservation programs; and
·  Store and retrieve technical and financial files, including documents and photographs.

Conservation Client Gateway is available to individual landowners and will soon be extended to business entities, such as Limited Liability Corporations. It is part of the agency’s ongoing Conservation Delivery Streamlining Initiative, which will feature additional capabilities in the future.

For more information about Conservation Client Gateway, visit:

The goal of the Florida Forest Service's Rural and Family Land's Protection Program is to ensure lands will be maintained in agricultural use while providing for the protection of natural resources through agricultural conservation easements. The program seeks to protect valuable agricultural lands, create conservation easements that ensure sustainable agricultural practices, prevent conversion to non-agricultural land uses in the rural base of Florida, and help to protect natural resources in conjunction with these agricultural operations. For more information about the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, see:

Agricultural producers must complete a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification Form AD-1026 and turn it into a Farm Service Agency office by June 1 to be eligible for federal crop insurance subsidies. Learn more on the FSA website.

Do you have pests or a disease in your trees? Leaves or needles wilting, and you don’t know why? Sawdust falling out of your trees, and you don’t know how to save them? There is help: ask your question at the free Forest Health Diagnostic Forum:

Go to for information, assistance and partnership opportunities.

Check the vast array of extension publications available through UF/IFAS on the EDIS publication site:  Wow, there’s a publication about that?

Send an email to with your mailing address if you’d like to a copy sent. First come first serve while supplies last.  

All the latest videos are on the Florida Forest Stewardship Program home page:

Drop a line to Chris Demers,

More news and info at the Florida Land Steward Blog



EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)

May 30

Introductory Bee Keeping Class, 4 week course, North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers, FL. $200 fee. For more Information contact Celeste Fournier at (239) 284-4078 or UF/IFAS calendar:

June 2, 9, 11, 16, 23, 30

Annie's Project: Risk Management Education for Farm and Ranch Women, 4:30 to 7:30 pm, Alachua or Marion County Extension Offices. $50 fee due May 22. See link for details. To register & for more information call: UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County at 352-955-2402 or UF/IFAS Extension Marion County at 352-671-8400.

June 16-18

Conference on Laurel Wilt Disease and Natural Ecosystems: Impacts, Mitigation and the Future (link), Coral Springs Marriott, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. Coral Springs, FL. A timely opportunity to learn the most recent state of knowledge regarding laurel wilt, its biology, impacts in native ecosystems and efforts to mitigate for its devastating effects. Foresters, SAF CFEs pending approval. See link above for details. For a brief introduction to laurel wilt, see this video to learn more:

June 17, 27
July 1, 8, 15, 22

Annie's Project: Risk Management Education for Farm and Ranch Women, The six-week course is offered from 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning June 17 at the Extension office, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, and costs $50 per participant. A light meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to register, visit or call 941-861-9900.

June 18

Invasive Plant ID Workshop, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, FWC Marine Laboratory, 11350 SW 153rd Court; Cedar Key, FL 32625. Sponsored by Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) through a Kathy Craddock Burks Education Grant. Free. Details and registration here

June 19

Invasive Plant ID Workshop, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, UF/IFAS Extension Columbia County, 971 W Duval Street; Lake City, FL 32055. Sponsored by Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) through a Kathy Craddock Burks Education Grant. Free. Details and registration here

August 6

Certified Pile Burner Course, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, West Central Florida Agriculture Center (Sumter County Fairgrounds) Bushnell, FL. $50 fee includes lunch and materials. Contact DarLinda Duteau at  (352) 569-6865 or for more information.

August 20

Forest Stewardship / Lake County CISMA Workshop: Invasive Exotic Species and Management (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm ET, UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Auditorium, 1951 Woodlea Rd, Tavares, FL 32778. Provided by Florida Forest Stewardship Program and Lake County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. FDACS Pesticide CEUs and SAF CFEs pending. $15 fee includes lunch and materials. Register on-line at You can also reserve a space by contacting Lake County Extension (352) 343-4101 ext. 2.

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)

June 2

Longleaf Pine Restoration and Management Workshop (pdf link), (almost full) 8:30 am to 3:30 pm ET, St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, Visitor and Environmental Education Center, 1255 Lighthouse Road, St. Marks, FL 32355. Provided by Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance and Florida Forest Stewardship Program, with support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Southern Company. $5 fee, lunch included. To register contact Wakulla County Extension at (850) 926-3931.

June 6

Perennial Peanut Field Day, 9:30 am CT, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, Marianna, FL. $10 fee. See link above for information.

June 6

FAMU Spring Agri-Showcase, FAMU Farm in Quincy, FL. Provided by FAMU Cooperative Extension Program. For information contact Angela Jakes, (850) 875-8552.

June 11

On-Farm Workshop at Coldwater Gardens (link), 10 am to 3 pm, Coldwater Gardens, Milton, FL. Provided by Florida Organic Growers, Coldwater Gardens crew, Slow Food Gulf Coast, USDA NRCS, and Santa Rosa County Extension. Will include topics on increasing farm diversity, mushroom cultivation, season extension with high tunnels, and the programs that can help you build your own farm. $10 fee includes lunch. See link above for info and registration.


June 9

Webinar: Improving Soil Health in Orchards, Vineyards, and Groves (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.

June 17

Webinar: Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Biodiversity (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.

June 23

Webinar: NRCS and Wildlife Habitat in Urban Environments: Linking Farm, School, and Community Agriculture (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.

July 8

Webinar: Forage Management for Livestock Production (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.

August 3-14
August 18-21

S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training, Presented in a hybrid format, online and in person in Gainesville and Ordway Swisher Biological Station. See link above for details and registration.


More events on these web calendars:

UF/IFAS Web Calendar

Florida Forest Stewardship Calendar

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Brooker Creek Preserve Events, Pinellas County

Florida Forest Service Training Opportunities

Forestry Webinars


Check with your UF/IFAS County Extension Office for more events
and information relevant to your county:

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ARS Newslink: May 18-29, 2015

Web links to stories issued May 18-29, 2015

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
May 29, 2015

Lowering Risk of a Major Eye Disease

Major U.S. dietary patterns are associated with the risk of developing an age-related eye disease, according to a study funded in part by the USDA and ARS. (05/19)

How to Lure a Pest of Pistachio, Almond and Walnut

A USDA entomologist in California is helping growers evaluate a new lure designed to monitor for infestations of navel orangeworms. (05/26)

Natural Enzyme Examined as Antibiotics Alternative

Lysozyme, a naturally occurring antimicrobial enzyme, is used in food and beverage applications and may also prove useful as an antibiotic alternative for improved feed efficiency and growth in pigs, according to USDA scientists. (05/28)

Smart Phone Apps Series to Help Maximize Land’s Productivity, Protect Resources

A suite of mobile phone applications ("apps") that, once all are released, will connect agricultural producers around the world and provide them with shared knowledge on ways to maximize the land’s productivity. (05/29)


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PMN Update 159


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Issue 159: May 28, 2015 

In this Issue

"From the Network" News

Two Webinars Now in PMN Ed Center

Recordings of two live seminars co-hosted by The American Phytopathological Society (APS) and USDA's Office of Pest Management Policy are now featured in PMN's Education Center. These presentations cover cowpea mild mottle virus, which affects legumes, and zebra chip, a significant pest of potato. Both presentations are fully accessible 24/7.

PMN Launches Two Grant-funded Soybean Webcasts

Fungicide Resistance in the Cercospora Leaf Blight and Purple Seed Stain Pathogen of Soybean: Fungicide resistance in soybean production has been a growing concern, especially after the discovery of fungicide resistant strains of frogeye leaf spot, Cercospora leaf blight and purple seed stain. This presentation will help viewers identify Cercospora leaf blight, increase awareness of fungicide resistance issues, disease management, and fungicide resistance mitigation options.

 A Role for Oomycete Biology in the Development of Disease Resistant Soybean: This presentation, accessible to scientists and practitioners alike, covers the role of oomycete biology in the development of disease resistant soybean. Phytophthora sojae, a potentially devastating oomycete pathogen and causal agent of soybean root and stem rot, is highlighted. Three USDA-NIFA funded projects using oomycete biology to improve resistance against soybean root and stem rot are also featured.

 PMN provides solutions to build impact and usage of grant-funded outreach information, including webcasts, websites, promotional materials, and more. Writing a grant proposal with an outreach component? Contact Phil Bogdan at 651-994-3859 or to increase the impact and use of your grant-funded work. 

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"Focus on" Webcasts


Best Management Tactics and Fungicide Resistance in AlternariaPopulations (Early Blight and Brown Spot) - Lydia Tymon, Washington State University


A Role for Oomycete Biology in the Development of Disease Resistant Soybean - Kevin Fedkenheuer, Virginia Tech

Fungicide Resistance in the Cercospora Leaf Blight and Purple Seed Stain Pathogen of Soybean - Paul P. Price, III (Trey), LSU AgCenter - Macon Ridge Research Station 

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PMN Crop News

Ag Engineering

Keep Stored Grain Cool and Dry During Summer -  North Dakota State University

New Android App Helps Rice Growers Plan Efficient Irrigation -  University of Arkansas

Iowa State University Studying Water Storage to Benefit Crops, Waterways -  Iowa State University

Agronomy and Horticulture

Rains Create Management Decisions for Corn Producers -  Texas A&M University

Actions, Inactions Impact Soil Health -  Mississippi State University

No Till, Cover Crops Help Producers Minimize Erosion, Surface Runoff -  South Dakota State University

Increased Microbial Activity Helps Overcome Cool Weather Plant Stress -  Agnition

New BioMax Dual Action + Turns the Root Biosphere Into a More Efficient Nutrient Engine Helping Maximize Nut Quality and Yield -  Agro-K

Invest in a Soil Test, Advises Agronomist -  United Soybean Board

Frontiers in Potassium Science: Developing a Roadmap to Advance the Science of Potassium Soil Fertility Evaluation -  International Plant Nutrition Institute


UF/IFAS Researcher Using "Precision Breeding" to Create Disease-Resistant Grapes -  University of Florida

Open-Source Plant Breeding: New Freedom for Farmers -  American Society of Agronomy

New UF/IFAS-Developed Avocado App Helps Guide Irrigation -  University of Florida

Forage and Rangeland Management

Cut Hay Early for Better Quality -  Penn State University

Stem Counts Help Assess Alfalfa Stand Potential -  North Dakota State University

Teff Grass Provides Alternative to Bermudagrass for Horses -  University of Arkansas

Consider Early Grazing Alternatives -  North Dakota State University

Insect Pests / Entomology

Black Cutworm Scouting 2015 -  Iowa State University

Stink Bugs in Eastern North Carolina Wheat -  North Carolina State University

Should You Spray for Cotton Thrips? -  North Carolina State University


Encirca Services Helping More Growers to Add Value on Every Acre -  DuPont Pioneer

Bayer Welcomes Release of National Pollinator Strategy -  Bayer CropScience

Low Temperature Damage to Corn and Soybeans -  South Dakota State University

National Initiatives Collaborate to Meet Growing Food Demands -  The American Phytopathological Society

A Model Approach for Sustainable Phosphorus Recovery From Wastewater -  American Society of Agronomy

Grain Quality Issues Indicate a Need for Proactive Solutions -  BASF Crop Protection


Seed Treatments Can Help Farmers Manage SCN -  United Soybean Board

Plant Diseases

Fusarium Head Blight Update -  Penn State University

Preventing Sweetpotato Black Rot and Scurf -  North Carolina State University

Turf Management

Entomology Update From the Turfgrass Entomology Lab at PSU -  Penn State University

Weed Management

Diversified Management Crucial to Giant Ragweed Management -  United Soybean Board

Bayer CropScience Announces Corvus and Balance Flexx Herbicides Registered in Minnesota -  Bayer CropScience

Soil Residual Herbicide Options After Soybean Emergence -  United Soybean Board

Don't Let Tree Seedlings Get Established in No-till Fields -  University of Nebraska

Weed Scientists Offer New Definition for "Superweed" -  Weed Science Society of America

Waterhemp's Big, Bad Brother is Back This Spring -  Iowa State University

Acuron Corn Herbicide Receives Federal EPA Registration -  Syngenta Crop Protection-US

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Featured Journal Articles

Plant Health Progress


First Report of Phytophthora Fruit Rot on Bitter Gourd (Mormodica charantia) and Sponge Gourd (Luffa cylindrica) Caused by Phytophthora capsici 

Physoderma Brown Spot and Stalk Rot of Corn Caused byPhysoderma maydis in Iowa

Identification of Races of Colletotrichum orbiculare on Muskmelon in South Carolina

First Report of Pythium spinosum as a Pathogen of Watermelon and in Association with a Dieback of Watermelon in Southwest Florida


Stability of TSWV General Field Resistance in the 'Georgia Green' Peanut Cultivar

Monitoring of a Single Point Mutation in the PvCesA3 Allele Conferring Resistance to Carboxylic Acid Amide Fungicides in Plasmopara viticola Populations In Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan

Decision Models for Fungicide Applications for Soybean Rust


Crop, Forage, & Turfgrass Management


Safety of Sequential Fall Methiozolin Applications on Creeping Bentgrass Putting Greens

Longevity of Shallow Subsurface Drip Irrigation Tubing under Three Tillage Practices

Agronomic and Economic Effect of Irrigation Rate in Cotton

Comparison of Urease Inhibitors for Use in Rice Production on a Silt-Loam Soil


Establishment, Dispersal, and Management of Silvery-thread Moss (Bryum argenteum Hedw.) in Putting Greens 

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Last Month's Most Popular Journal Articles

Plant Health Progress: Influence of Insecticides and Reflective Mulch on Watermelon Vine Decline Caused by Squash vein yellowing virus (SqVYV)

Crop, Forage, & Turfgrass Management: Soybean Aphid Populations on Aphid Resistant and Susceptible Soybean Lines Growing under Potassium Deficiency 

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  • Extension Soil Fertility Specialist
  • Soybean Doctoral Fellowship

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Feathered Facts - Poultry Newsletter - June 2015

Feathered Facts monthly newsletter for MAY 2015 is now available to view at the following link:


Feathered Facts


If you have any questions regarding Feathered Facts, please contact Michael Davis, County Extension Director, UF/IFAS Baker County Extension Service at 904-259-3520.




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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Peach Marketing Order Public Meeting Notice - June 10, 2015

FDACS will have a second hearing for the peach marketing order on June 10th, at 10:00 AM in Dade City. 


Details are attached! 





Mercy Olmstead, Ph.D.

Stone Fruit Extension Specialist

2135 Fifield Hall

Gainesville, FL  32611-0690



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