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Fall 2009 UF
October, November, and
Lake County Extension
This Fall like many fruit prices are on the top of most growers minds. The crop forecasts so far have been fa-
vorable on the yield side, which is not as favorable on the price side. It is obvious that citrus growers are go-
ing to need to make more money for their fruit in order to increase grove management for pest and disease
pressures. I originally wrote in this column how we were fortunate as HLB infection levels in the northern re-
gion have been low. I erased what I wrote just two weeks ago as it is becoming more apparent to me that we
have a larger % infection level than I think most growers realize. As greening symptoms have becoming ap-
parent the last few weeks, quickly growers that are looking for HLB are finding it. There are many opinions
on what to do with HLB infected groves within the state and throughout the world however, there is one activ-
ity that everyone agrees upon, psyllid control is a must. If you have not been serious about controlling your
psyllid populations (and by serious I mean spraying at least 5-6 times a year) I encourage you to start before it
is too late. It is my opinion that growers who choose to do nothing will not be in the citrus business in 5 years.
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Low Volume Application Technology for Farm Safety Day F]
Citrus Pests Thur. Oct. 1st Lake County Extension Office
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The Florida citrus agents group has a state-
wide growers program concentrating on low
volume application technology for citrus
pests. We will be holding the event in six lo-
cations around the state. The first meeting
will be held in Tavares at the Lake County Ag-
ricultural Center on October 1st from 8:30 till
1 PM. A free lunch is provided.
9:00 Low Volume Labeled Materials
9:30 Low Volume Applications
10:00 Application Considerations
10:30 Worker Safety
11:00 Equipment Demonstration/Show
Please register as soon as possible so we
know how much food we need for lunch! To
register call Maggie at 352-343-4101 or email
i. Oct 31st
We will be holding our annual Farm Safety Day
on Friday October 30th at the Lake County Ex-
tension office. Attendees will receive a certifi-
cate of completion. The cost of attending is $15
per person. Please register with Maggie Jarrell
at 352-343-4101 or email at email@example.com.
Please send checks payable to Lake County
Citrus Extension Program.
8:15-8:30 Sign In
8:35-9:30 Pesticide Safety and WPS training
9:30-9:45 Tractor and Equipment Safety
10:00-10:50 Tractor and Equipment Safety
10:50-11:20 Wind speed Droplet Size Activity
11:20-11:50 Eat Right for a Healthy and Longer
Life -Julie England
If you have a pesticide license and are in need of some CEU's for renewal. I highly recommend
our CEU day where you can obtain them all at once. We hold two CEU days a year and rotate
between four counties, the next CEU Day will be held at Osceola County Extension office.
Registration forms can be downloaded from our website at http://cfextension.ifas.ufl.edu/
calendar. You can also register by phone by calling the Osceola County extension at 321-697-
Thursday Nov. 5th Osceola County Extension Office
Tues. Nov. 10th
Please plan on joining us on Tuesday Novem-
ber 10th from 4PM to 6PM. Mr. Reggie Brown,
Dr. Michelle Danyluk and Dr. Mark Ritenour
will be talking about Good Agricultural Prac-
tices and Marketing Issues and how they will
effect citrus producers in the future. I believe
there are some changes on the way and grow-
ers need to become aware and involved in
these potential regulations. After all you will
be the ones who have to deal with them!
Please call or email Maggie at 352-343-4101
or firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are
coming, so we can make appropriate dinner
Why Tomato Growers decided
they needed GAP's
GAP's for Florida Citrus
-Dr. Michelle Danyluk
Pesticide Residuals and
Marketing Challenges in Citrus
-Dr. Mark Ritenour
Pesticide Applicator Review and Exam
Lake County Extension Dec. 9th
A pesticide license is required by any per-
sons who apply or supervise the application
of restricted use pesticides for agricultural
production. This certification requires a pass-
ing grade of 70% on the General Standards
and Private exam. This certification must be
renewed ever 4 years either by testing or by
There will be a review and exam in Orlando
at the Orange County Extension office on De-
cember 9th. The review starts at 8:30 AM.
There is a $20 charge for the class.
It is advisable to purchase the "Applying pes-
ticides correctly" and "The private applicator
training manual" from the IFAS bookstore on-
line at www.ifasbooks.ufl.edu or by calling
The private agricultural license itself costs
$100 which does not have to be paid until af-
ter you pass the exam. To register please call
or email Celeste White at 407-254-9200 or
Mid Florida Citrus Foundation Update
As many of you know I am active participate in the management of the Mid Florida Citrus Foun-
dation (MFCF) A.H. Krezdorn grove. As part of the management team I work very closely with
the grove operations. This experience is very beneficial in my opinion, as it helps me relate to
grower problems and issues. Over the past two years we have been surveying the MFCF grove
for HLB and canker. Our first HLB find was approximately 1.5 years ago; we had three trees
found to be HLB positive. We immediately removed those trees. At the time we had a few trees
with "unusual" symptoms but were found to be PCR negative. We decide to keep those trees.
We surveyed 5 months later and found a handful of HLB infected trees, which we again removed.
During this period of time I would classify our psyllid control efforts as marginal.
A psyllid spray program has consisted of a dormant spray for the last 2 years, plus 2 to 3 psyllid
control sprays as needed. Many blocks have had psyllid research work applied to them. Most
of the time this has meant untreated checks, areas within these block with no psyllid control.
Other blocks without psyllid trials received sprays sporadically throughout the year when we
had access to spray equipment. Overall the psyllid control was not great.
Fast forward to this week (as I am writing this) our latest survey has produced 797 visual con-
firmed HLB trees. To say I am shell shocked would be an understatement. These developments
have surprised me. What has caused this rapid infestation? I think a combination of poor sur-
veying results early on and a lack of a really good psyllid control program.
To add insult to injury we also identified 28 canker infected young Navel trees. Just this past
year we added windbreaks around and between a 40 acre section of grove. We had plans
(depending on funding) to add windbreaks around every block. These plans include dissecting
larger blocks into smaller blocks surrounded by windbreaks. Due to the small number of trees
infected we will try to defoliate these trees in an attempted to minimize the inoculum source.
This block currently does not have windbreaks however we are planning to put them in place as
soon as possible.
One of the challenges of managing production at the MFCF has always been funding. Many
times research is a costly endeavor. Many areas of the grove are growing unprofitable fruit, yet
still require grove care. Also, in recent years we have grown off many young trees. Now comes
increases in cost for greening and canker management adding to the already tough task. It
gives me a great appreciation for grower's plight during these difficult times.
The type of intensive management that is required to grow citrus with canker and greening is
expensive. Citrus fruit returns must improve in order for growers to manage these diseases. It
is in the best interest of the entire industry (growers, buyers, processors, packers) to maker
sure that growers can afford to give their groves the necessary inputs that current conditions re-
Area Wide Spray Dates Week of October 19th
I had been asked by my Advisory Committee to pursue an effort for area wide psyllid control
program for Central Florida. I have attempted to coordinate this effort a number of times over
the past year. Unfortunately I have been unsuccessful. The coordination of this event is a mas-
sive amount of work, if trying to contact all growers via phone. I believe that if we are to be suc-
cessful in this effort, it will take everyone that is willing to become an active promoter of this
idea. If you would like to learn more about why area wide spray programs for psyllid control is a
good idea please see Drs. Hall and Stansly's presentation at Citrus Expo: http://
As far as my coordination attempt, here is what I have found out so far. Aerial application in our
area is not practical. There are many issues as to why, but the main one comes down to money.
It actually is cheaper to use ground applied low volume technology, as the flight distances make
aerial prohibitively expensive. Low volume technology for psyllid control is relatively inexpen-
sive, effective and can cover larger acreages. If you want to learn more about low volume tech-
nology and its effectiveness for psyllid control please see Drs. Stelinski, Rogers, and Stansly's
presentation at Citrus Expo: http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/greening/misc/
Stelinski.html For even greater details on low volume technology please plan on coming to the
October 1st program at the Lake County Agricultural Center in Tavares. Don't forget to register
352-343-4101. If you have more traditional equipment and want to use it for this area wide effort,
of course that will work as well.
I have already contacted a number of growers concerning an area wide program and most have
said they are interested. Most already spray for psyllids and it really is just an issue of all grow-
ers trying to time a spray for a similar date. I am suggesting that growers work together to do
activities that you normally would do, just do them in a unified effort, that is spray for Asian citrus
psyllid control sometime within the same week. Here is what I have proposed with the help of
Dr. Michael Rogers for an area wide spray effort. We are suggesting starting off with at least two
sprays. The first one is to be conducted the week of October 19th. The second spray we recom-
mend the week of January 25th, 2010. The second spray would be considered the dormant appli-
cation. Obviously weather plays a big role in the ability of application timing, thus why we have
designated a week for application. It would be great to call your neighbor and talk to them
about spraying at the same time!
Volume 1, Issue 1
As to what spray material to use? Here you can find the pest management guide recommenda-
Below is a list of products labeled for
low volume application:
Sevin XLR Plus
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If you don't own a spray applicator or are in need of a contractor below are some local grove
care businesses that you can contact in our area:
Lennon Grove Services
Faryna Grove Care
Beck Brothers Citrus Inc.
Serving Central Florida 407-719-5496
Serving Central Florida 352-669-4153
Serving Central Florida 407-760-7270
Serving Volusia County 386-985-0046
The objective is to get as many people to make a psyllid control application around the same
time as possible. This is going to take the effort of everyone, please call your neighbors and en-
courage them to participate. Call your neighbors and coordinate your spray applications with
them. Thank you for your support and efforts!!
Sign-up Now for Conservation Assistance On Your Farm
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida
has set a cutoff date of October 30, 2009, to submit applications for several voluntary conserva-
tion programs that may help eligible participants pay for conservation practices to prevent soil
erosion, improve water quality, restore wetlands and provide habitat for wildlife. The Environ-
mental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a conservation program that provides financial and
technical assistance to farmers and ranchers who face threats to soil, water, air, and related natu-
ral resources on their land. Through EQIP, NRCS develops contracts with agricultural producers
to voluntarily implement conservation practices to address environmental natural resource
problems. Persons engaged in livestock or agricultural production and owners of non-industrial
private forestland are eligible for the program. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pas-
tureland, private non-industrial forestland, and other farm or ranch lands.
NRCS encourages interested parties to visit with their staff as soon as possible. Applicants who
apply early have more time to resolve any program or land eligibility issues. For more informa-
tion on conservation assistance contact your local NRCS Field Office listed in the telephone di-
rectory under "U. S. Government" or www.fl.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/index USDA is an equal op-
portunity provider and employer. www.fl.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/
NOTE: Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis, Florida NRCS has estab-
lished cut-off date of October 30, 2009 for evaluation and ranking of eligible applications
for the 2010 program year.
Contact information: www.fl.nrcs.usda.gov/contact or
Kesha Martin, District Conservationist Chuck O'Rourke, District Conservation
Lake County Orange/Osceola County
1725 David Walker Drive, Suite C 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane
Tavares, FL 32778 Kissimmee, Fl 34744
Phone: 352-343-3481 ext. 3 Phone: 407-847-4465 ext. 3
Email: email@example.com Email: Chuck.Orourke@fl.usda.gov
David Mallard, District Conservationist
3695 Lake Drive
Weather Watch Program
Well hard to believe that we need to be thinking of cold weather already. However sign up has
begun for our Weather Watch Program. We had over seventy agricultural producers participate
last year. Why should you sign up? Weather Watch employees a consultant with over 45 years
agricultural weather forecasting. In addition the service attempts to educate growers on how to
utilize weather data to make cold protection decisions. This service attempts to save two pre-
cious resources; water and money. Please encourage anyone that you think is interested in the
service to sign up by November 16th, which is when we will start the service. This year late reg-
istration will cost double the usually sign up fee.
This year there are some improvements to the service. We now have an 800 number which al-
lows for toll free access if you live out of the 352 area code. This year we will not be utilizing the
Nextel walkie talkie feature as many growers no longer have that service. Instead we will have a
toll free conference number in which 125 individuals can participate at the same time. I am ex-
cite to have the ability for all of us to communicate at one time during a freeze event, I believe
this will be an upgrade. Last year we implemented an email notification which many growers
appreciated, we will continue to utilize this service. I always appreciate feedback, let me know
anyway that I can improve this service! There is a sign up sheet attached to this newsletter.
USDA Commercial Citrus Inventory
If you have not heard, the USDA has now begun surveying citrus acreage annually. Below is a
table I put together with my counties and percent change in acreage from 2008 to 2009. Brevard
had the biggest loss of citrus acreage with 23%, while Osceola gained 6%. Overall the state lost
1% of its citrus acreage. I personally know of a few new groves being replanted this year,
mostly has a result of increased pressure for local property appraisers on "abandoned citrus
groves". That coupled with the dramatic decrease in development, I expect that we will defi-
nitely see acreages holding stead and maybe even increasing for the 2010 inventory.
All citrus acreage for individual counties and total Florida acreages
County 2006 2008 2009
Brevard 5,080 4,451 3,622
Lake 15,198 13,100 12,884
Marion 1,185 1180 1183
Orange 4,548 3,674 3,618
Osceola 12,170 9,197 9,718
Seminole 529 491 482
Volusia 1,231 1,083 1,065
Florida 621,373 576,577 568,814
% Change from 08-09
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Recent Extension Activities: Low Volume Rodeo, Small Farms Conference & Expo
The extension service, Florida production re-
search advisory council and the USDA/ARS re-
cently held a low volume equipment rodeo for
citrus growers. We had thirty-two machines
evaluated for particle size distribution. Pic-
tured upper left is a low volume machine being
evaluated by Dr. Clint Hoffman. The green is a
protective wrap that protects the laser device.
The laser measures 40,000 particles in a matter
of seconds. The results are then printed off a
computer located in picture to the lower left.
Growers were given there print outs to main-
tain for their record keeping.
The first annual statewide small farms confer-
ence started off with a bang. Over 800 atten-
--- dees learned about new crops, organic produc-
tion and marketing. The meals contained all
locally grown produce from small farms from
around the state. Everyone who I spoke to said
that the conference had a great energy to it.
Picture lower left from small farms conference.
It was great seeing some of you at the
Citrus Expo in Fort Meyers. IFAS had a
big presence thanks to Jamle Yates's ef-
forts. Thanks to Jamie for her hard work!
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The Vision for the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agri-
cultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to increase and strengthen the knowl-
edge base and technology for:
Expanding the profitability of global competitiveness and sustain-
ability of the food, fiber, and agricultural industries of Florida.
Protecting and sustaining natural resource and environmental sys-
Enhancing the development of human resources.
Improving the quality of human life.
Operation Cleansweep can help you get rid of any un-
wanted chemicals that you may have around your storage
facilities. Brochure is attached to Citruslines with all the in-
If you did not make the 2009 Citrus Expo but are still interested
in topics that were covered you can access presentations online:
Syngenta has released Platinum 75SG
insecticide for use in Florida citrus pro-
duction. The active ingredient in this
product is Thiamethoxam, which is a
neonicotinoid. It is a member of the
IRAC group 4A. This product should be
soil applied. The supplemental label al-
lows for 3.67oz of product to the acre per
year. Labeled pest include Asian citrus
pysllid and leafminer.
Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc.
Greensboro, NC 27419-8300
SUPPLEMENTAL LABEL FOR PLATINUM 75 SG INSECTICIDE
DIRECTIONS FOR USE ON THE CITRUS CROP GROUP
Thiamethoxam ................... ........................................ ....................... 75.0%
Other Ingredients: 25.0%
'CAS No. 153719-23-4
Platinum 75 SG is a soluble granule.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
EPA Reg. No. 100-1291
SCP 1291A-S1 0709
This label expires on January 15, 2011 and must not be used or distributed after this date.
All applicable directions, restrictions and precautions on the EPA-registered label must
Before using Platinum 75 SG Insecticide, as permitted according to this supplemental
label, read and follow all applicable directions, restrictions, and precautions on the EPA
registered label on or attached to the pesticide product container. This Supplemental
Labeling contains revised use instructions and or restrictions that may be different from
those that appear on the container label. This Supplemental Labeling must be in the
possession of the user at the time of pesticide application. It is a violation of Federal law
to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
Locations of interest
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*for those with this service we will have an alert
I would like to subscribe to the Central Florida Weather Watch service and understand that I am
NOT to release the unlisted telephone number to anyone.
Enclosed is my check in the amount of $100 made payable to:
1951 Woodlea Rd.
Tavares, FL 32778
The unlisted number will be sent prior to commencement of the service. We will begin Novem-
ber 16, 2008, and run until the threat of cold has passed (generally early to mid April). If you
sign up after the November 16th sign up date the cost will be $200.
2009 Farm Safety Day
Friday October 30th 8:15-1:00
There is a cost of $15.00 per person. Lunch will be provided. Please
make check payable to Lake County Citrus Extension Program. Send to
attention Maggie at 1951 Woodlea Rd. Tavares, FL 32778.
Statewide Pesticide Pick-Up
Operation Cleansweep is a mobile pesticide collection program that
provides a safe way to dispose of cancelled, suspended, and unusable
pesticides at no cost. Pesticide dealers can participate for a fee.
* Pest Control Services
* Golf Courses
Cleansweep Partners and Representatives:
Florida Peanut Producers Association
Florida Turf Grass Association
Florida Farm Bureau
Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association
Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association
Florida Soybean Producers Association
Certified Pest Control Operators
Florida Pest Management Association
Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association
Florida Tomato Committee
Florida Forestry Association
IFAS/University of Florida
Florida Citrus Mutual
Florida Landscape Maintenance Association
Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
For more information
Florida Department of Agriculture &
or call Toll-Free
To arrange for a pickup
complete the Contact
Information sheet below.
Email or Fax to (386) 418-5527
CLEANSWEEP WE BSITE: www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/catecories/cleansweep-pesticides/
Revised Date 9/03/09
We want your old pesticides.
Have you ever participated in CleanSweep before? E Yes E No
Name of Firm:
Contact Person Phone Number:
Additional Directions to Establishment:
Type of Firm:
D Farm D Nursery D Grove D Golf Course I Other
D Pest Control Company
Inventory (list products for each category):
LIQUIDS (in gallons) DRY MATERIAL (in pounds)
Total Dry Materials:
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Directions to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, FL.
CEU Day will be held in the Extension Services building.
DIRECTIONS ARRIVING FROM:
ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Follow South Exit signs from the airport.
Proceed south on Boggy Creek Road, go Boggy Creek Road, go under toll road 417, then
one mile to stop light (Circle K on one corner); turn right (name of street is still Boggy
Creek Road). Follow this (name changes to Simpson Road to U.S. Highway 192, turn
right, to next stoplight, Bill Beck Blvd, Turn Right. Main Entrance to Osceola Heritage
Park is about one block on left. Follow signs.
1-4 WESTBOUND: Take Exit #77, to Florida's Turnpike South. See below for Turnpike
1-4 EASTBOUND: Take Exit #65, Osceola Parkway, proceed east 9.1 miles to Michigan
Avenue (third traffic light after the tool booth). Turn right on Michigan to Hwy. 192 (at
the fourth traffic light); turn left and follow Hwy. 192 to Bill Beck Blvd. Turn left. Main
entrance to Osceola Heritage Park is about one block on left.
FLORIDA'S TURNPIKE SOUTHBOUND: Take Exit #244 (Kissimmee-St. Cloud),
turn right (west) onto U.S. Hwy 192; go through stop light at Simpson Road to next stop
light at Bill Beck Blvd. (approximately one mile). Turn right. Main entrance to Osceola
Heritage Park is about one block on left. Follow signs.
FLORIDA'S TURNPIKE NORTHBOUND: Take Exit #242 (Kissimmee-St. Cloud),
turn left (west) onto U.S. Hwy 192; go approximately two miles to stop light at Bill Beck
Blvd. Turn right. Main entrance to Osceola Heritage Park is about one block on left.