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VOLUME I, ISSUE I

MARCH 2005


SWFREC Update



SOSOUTHWEST FLORIDA RESEARCH
EDUCATION CENTER


Newsletter Provides Info to Clients


SUNIV\ERSITY OF
SFLORIDA
IFAS


Welcome to the first issue of the "SWFREC Update."
In an effort to keep our clients tuned in to the projects
and programs at the center, this publication will be .
distributed on a quarterly basis to stakeholders, Uni- 7 i
versity of Florida Extension offices, elected officials,
and other interested persons. It will include informa-
tion about the research and extension efforts of our
faculty members, staff news, and details about upcom-
ing educational events. While this issue includes an
overview of all SWFREC programs, future editions
will highlight individual projects and the people con- -
ducting them. In addition to serving as a way to pro-
mote SWFREC activities, we hope the "SWFREC Update" will be an additional link in the chain of com-
munication with our clients. Let us know what you think!


Duo Assume Leadership Roles


Inside this issue:

Programs Contacts

Upcoming Events

New Faculty Members


Effective this past September, Dr. Christine Waddill
became director of the SWFREC. She also serves as
director of the Everglades Research and Education
Center in Belle Glade. Her duties at SWFREC in-
clude providing leadership and evaluation for the fac-
ulty, as well as making budgetary decisions.
Dr. John Dunckelman, agronomist, was named asso-
ciate director of the SWFREC. He is responsible for
the day-to-day management of the center and works
closely with advisory committees, stakeholders, and
other clientele groups. Dr. John Dunckelman, Associate Director, and
Dr. Christine Waddill, Center Director
Edward Hanlon, who served as the SWFREC director
for seven-plus years, assumed fulltime duties as a pro-
fessor of soil and water science at the center. And Charles Vavrina, who previously served as the sta-
tion's associate director, now serves as a fulltime district director with the UF/IFAS Extension Service,
overseeing the South-Central region of the state.







SWFREC UPDATE


SWFREC Programs and Contacts

Agricultural Economics
_. Dr. Fritz Roka (fmro@ifas.ufl.edu)-Supports other applied research programs in Florida with
economic data and strives to improve the quality of cost, price, and market information available to
Florida farm owners and managers. Research such as studying the economic benefits of harvesting
citrus mechanically (see photo) assists producers in making more profitable decisions in commercial
operations.

Agronomy
Dr. Ike Ezenwa (I ,/u I\\\ .1"' il. ulil 'duiL-- Develops research and extension programs that ad-
Dr. Fritz Roka examines a me- dress forage and sugarcane production in Southwest Florida. The forage program targets needs of
chanical harvester.
the beef and dairy cattle industries and wildlife managers. The sugarcane arm focuses on issues re-
lated to improving sugarcane yields and sustainability on mineral (sandy) soils. Collaborates with
statewide research in the areas of plant nutrition, pest control, and water, crop and livestock pro-
duction systems.

Citrus Horticulture
Dr. Bob Rouse (rer@ifas.ufl.edu)-Serves extension and applied research needs for 180,000 acres
of commercial plantings. Studies include nursery tree production, nutrition sources for establishing
young trees, tree establishment practices, and environmentally sound cover crops for row middles
in bedded flatwoods groves. Screenhouses protect a budwood planting that, in cooperation with the
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, serves as a germplasm source for propa-
gation of new trees by nurseries statewide.

Entomology
Dr. Phil Stansly (pas@ifas.ufl.edu)-Assists citrus and vegetable growers in the development and
use of pest management systems that are environmentally safe and economically sound. Emphasis is
on integration of biological and cultural control methods. Techniques are brought through labora-
tory and greenhouse testing phases, then are extended to growers in collaboration with extension
agents and specialists.

Plant Pathology
Jib Dr. Pam Roberts (pdr@ifas.ufl.edu)-Conducts research to identify alternative plant disease hosts
Jim Conner (left), a senior bio- for vegetable viruses, integrated control of soil-borne diseases of vegetables and ornamentals, and
logical scientist in the entomology evaluation of fungicides for the control of foliar diseases of citrus and vegetables. Operates Diagnos-
program, retired from the
SWFREC on February 25. He tic Clinic to offer growers recommendations for disease control based on clinic results.
worked with Dr. Phil Stansly
(right), professor of entomology, Soil and Water Science
for more than twelve years.
for more than twelve years. Dr. Kelly Morgan (ktm@ifas.ufl.edu)-Provides growers science-based information on improved
soil fertility and water management methods to implement best management practices that sustain
yields while protecting water quality. Improvements in production practices to increase nutrient and
water use efficiencies and the development of grower-friendly expert systems for citrus, vegetable,
and sand-land sugarcane production are emphasized.
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VOLUME I, ISSUE I


SWFREC Programs and Contacts (Cont.)


Vegetable Horticulture
Dr. Kent Cushman (kecushman@ifas.ufl.edu)-Part of a statewide effort to improve production
efficiency, develop and implement new methodologies, and transfer up-to-date knowledge to
vegetable producers and consumers. Receives direction from the Southwest Florida Vegetable
Advisory Committee and actively seeks collaborative projects with university and industry col-
leagues. Current projects include variety trials, herbicide evaluations, issues related to best man-
agement practices, and effects of plant-bed architecture on root-zone environment.

Water Resources
Dr. Sanjay Shukla (sshukla@ifas.ufl.edu)-Develops high-quality information to support water Dr. Marty Main
management decisions made in Southwest Florida. Field research and hydrologic model simula-
tion projects assist growers in determining the precise irrigation needs of their citrus and vegetable
crops.

Wildlife Ecology
Dr. Marty Main (mbma@ifas.ufl.edu)-Provides information to promote understanding, conser-
vation, and management of wildlife and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Directs the
Florida Master Naturalist Program, a statewide environmental education effort that trains volun-
teers to teach Florida citizens and tourists consistent information about the state's natural land-
scape.


Upcoming Events

March 29: Vegetable Growers Meeting. 6-8pm, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center,
Immokalee. For more information and to RSVP, phone Hendry County Cooperative Extension
Service, 863/674-4092.
April 19: Citrus Squeezer Seminar: "Update on Greasy Spot Control" and II.n,,,.,ig Phytophthora Diseases
and Interactions with Diaprepes." 10am-lpm, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center,
Immokalee. For more information and to RSVP, phone Hendry County Cooperative Extension
Service, 863/674-4092.
May 10: Forage Beef Research in Southwest Florida. 8am-4pm, Southwest Florida Research and Edu-
cation Center, Immokalee. For more information and to RSVP, contact Dr. Ike Ezenwa,
239/658-3400.
May 17: Citrus Squeezer Seminar: "Citrus N\ii.. i. .....,,,Li ...... Update, and Cycling" and "Leaf and Soil
Sampling and Analysis to Adjust Citrus Fertilizer Programs." 10am-1pm, Southwest Florida Research
and Education Center, Immokalee. For more information and to RSVP, phone Hendry County
Cooperative Extension Service, 863/674-4092.
May 31: Citrus Compost Workshop. Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee.
For more information and to RSVP, contact Dr. Monica Ozores-Hampton, 239/658-3400.
June 4: Fifteenth Annual Farm Safety Day and Tractor Rodeo. 7:45am-3pm, Southwest Florida Re-
search and Education Center, Immokalee. Phone 239/658-3400.
June 21: Citrus Squeezer Seminar: Topic to be announced. 10am-lpm, Southwest Florida Research
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and Education Center, Immokalee. For more information and to RSVP, phone Hendry County
Cooperative Extension Service, 863/674-4092.







SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
RESEARCH AND
EDUCATION CENTER

2686 State Road 29 North
Immokalee, FL 34142


Phone: 239-658-3400
Fax: 239-658-3469
E-mail: swfrec@ifas.ufl.edu


UNIVERSITY OF

SFLORIDA

IFAS





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Three New Faculty Members on Board at SWFREC

We are pleased to announce the addition of three new faculty members at the research center:

Dr. Kent Cushman began as Assistant Professor of Vegetable Horticulture this past August.
He received his Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before join-
ing SWFREC, Dr. Cushman was an Associate Research Professor at the North Mississippi
Research and Extension Unit in Verona, Mississippi. His research and extension work at
SWFREC will focus on improving production efficiency, developing and implementing new
.n. rl.. 1-1.. and transferring up-to-date knowledge to the state's vegetable producers and
consumers.

Dr. Kelly Morgan arrived at the center this past November as Assistant Professor of Soil and
Water Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in soil and water science from UF in Gainesville.
Prior to arriving at SWFREC, Dr. Morgan served as a Scientific Research Manager at the UF/
IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. His work at SWFREC will con-
centrate on the improvement of crop productivity and sustainability of agricultural operations
in Southwest Florida as related to soil fertility and soil nutrient transformations.

Dr. Ike Ezenwa began at SWFREC this past December as Assistant Scientist of Agronomy. He
received his Ph.D. in agronomy from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Before joining
SWFREC, Dr. Ezenwa worked as a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the UF/IFAS Range (Left to right): Dr. Ike Ezenwa, Dr. Kent
Cushman, and Dr. Kelly Morgan are the
Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona. At SWFREC, his work will focus on the areas newest specialists to join the SWFREC faculty
of sandland sugarcane and forage production in Southwest Florida. ranks.




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