VOLUME I, ISSUE 2
SOSOUTHWEST FLORIDA RESEARCH
. UNIVERSITY OF
Inside this issue:
Spotlight On ...
SWFREC Staff News
Events Educate and Inform Clientele
A number of educational events at SWFREC during the past
month have provided an abundance of information about ongoing
research projects to growers, chemical representatives, and other
More than 60 people attended the Forage/Beef Workshop, an
event organized by Dr. Ike Ezenwa, SWFREC's assistant scientist
of agronomy. Among numerous topics presented were "State of
Cattle Ranching in Florida," "Future Direction of Forage Evalua-
tion," and "Valuing Agricultural Production Beyond the Corn- In-field stops enable attendees to get up-
modity." Sponsors of the conference were Wolf & Wolf Seeds, close looks at current research projects.
Griffin Fertilizer, AGLIME Sales, Inc., Walker Spreader Service,
Dow AgroSciences, and DuPont.
The Spring Vegetable Field Day attracted 75-plus participants, who received information about plant
.. rlh..1..'., water resources and nutrient management, watermelon pollinization, entomology, and seep-
age BMP trials. Hendry County Cooperative Extension Director Gene McAvoy organized the outing.
BioSafe Systems sponsored lunch for the event and provided a product update.
(see "Events," Page 2)
Center Director's Corner
The UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) at
2 Immokalee was established in 1958 as part of the Gulf Coast Research and Educa-
tion Center and became a full station in 1986. Today, the SWFREC encompasses
3 a 320-acre site where twelve faculty members work in nine discipline areas to
assist growers, producers, and homeowners throughout Charlotte, Collier,
Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties.
The mission of the SWFREC is to supply decision-makers with specific knowl-
4 edge to sustain and enhance agricultural, human, and natural resources through
nationally and internationally recognized research, extension, and teaching programs. Faculty members
focus on issues facing growers and decision-makers throughout Southwest Florida, including water quan-
tity and quality issues, the implementation of sound management practices, post-NAFTA economic con-
ditions for agricultural products, and the consolidation and globalization of the citrus industry.
We're proud to serve you as Southwest Florida's gateway to the University of Florida/IFAS.
ct waddill@ifas. ufl.edu
FMNP Tallies Awards
The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) continues to garner awards and recognition among local,
state, and national' J!ild. organizations and agencies. The most recent honors bestowed upon the pro-
* 2005 National Wetlands Award ., 1.1111. ecologist
Dr. Marty Main was recognized in the Education and
Outreach category. He was one of seven wetlands
educators honored at the Capitol in Washington, DC).
* 2005 Florida Wildlife Federation (Dr. Main was
named the Conservation Educator of the Year).
* 2005 University of Florida Golden Gator Awards (Dr.
Main, senior biological scientist Ginger Allen, and
UF/IFAS video producer Al Williamson received the
top award in the Video category for their FMNP
Freshwater Wetlands video series).
Dr. Marty Main (center) and Ginger Allen (right) are
joined by Al Williamson of the UF/IFAS video crew.
The FMNP, a statewide environmental education program that trains volunteers to teach Florida resi-
dents and visitors alike about Florida's natural landscape, is offered in 47 counties. The program includes
curriculum in three modules: Freshwater Wetlands, Coastal Systems, and Upland Habitats. For more
information about the FMNP, including a list of course .It. i n. g;- and registration details, check out its
web site at http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl. edu.
Events (Cont.from Page 1)
Jose Torres of Farm-Op. #2
navigates the course on his way
to a top finish in the UF/IFAS
Farm Safety Day tractor rodeo
More than 80 people attended the Invasive Plants and Wildlife Habitat Programs for Landowners Field
Day. It featured presentations about such invasives as Brazilian Pepper, Tropical Soda Apples, and Old
World C I... I ... Fern, as well as information about various incentive and restoration programs for land-
owners. BASF and Dow Agrosciences LLC sponsored the event, which was organized by soil and water
scientist Dr. Ed Hanlon and entomologist Dr. Phil Stansly of SWFREC and Tim Regan of the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The 15th Annual Southwest Florida Farm Safety Day hosted nearly 140 farm workers and managers from
throughout the region for a day of education and fun. Morning sessions addressed safe ti '.. .. ri.,. and
storage of pesticides, worker protection standards, food safety and worker hygiene, and hurricane storm
preparedness. Following lunch, attendees cheered on their coworkers in a tractor safety rodeo contest.
The top three finishers were: 1st Place-Jose Torres, Farm-Op. #2, 2nd Place-Curtis Hicks, Farm-
Op. #7, 3rd Place-Pedro Miguel-Ruiz, Immokalee Tomato Growers.
A huge thanks goes out to the Farm Safety Day sponsors: Gold-Collier County Parks and Recreation,
Everglades Farm Equipment, and Six L's Packing Company (Farm-Op, Inc.); Silver-T & M Portable
Restrooms, Inc., Bob Paul, Inc., Farm Credit of Southwest Florida, and Bayer CropScience. Additional
kudos go to these Immokalee businesses, which donated prizes that were awarded throughout the day: B
& L ACE Hardware, EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill at the Seminole Indian Casino, Harvest Caf6, Lozano's
Mexican Restaurant, Rib City Grill, Sewing by Patrice, Taps Automotive, and Winn-Dixie Supermarket.
VOLUME I, ISSUE 2
Spotlight On . .Citrus Horticulture Program
This SWFREC department serves extension and applied research needs for 180,000 acres of commercial
plantings in the southwest Florida : Ir ..... .. The department is led by Dr. Bob Rouse, an associate pro-
fessor of citrus horticulture. He is assisted by biological sci-
entist Lorrie Rigby and agricultural assistant Zoe Shobert.
S Emphasis is placed on cultural practices related to the man-
agement of bedded citrus, the integration of production
practices for young trees, and early production care. The
Program also explores the use of perennial peanut as a cover
crop for erosion control in:1 r. ... .. ; bedded groves. Such
research has led to interest among counties and municipali-
ties in using cover crops along roadways and medians. Com-
mercial interest includes cover crop usage on golf courses, in
Dr. Bob Rouse and Mark Terrell examine botanical gardens, and in housing subdivision common areas.
budwood trees in one of two screenhouses. .
budwood trees in one of two screenhouses. In cooperation with the Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services' Department of Plant Industry (DPI), the SWFREC Budwood Foundation serves
as a germplasm for the propagation of new citrus trees by nurseries across the state. Two screenhouses,
which measure 144' by 88' in size each, protect the SWFREC budwood planting from insect-
transmissible 1airl..s. i.. Dr. Rouse oversees the project with assistance from Mark Terrell, a DPI em-
ployee who works fulltime at the SWFREC.
The SWFREC is involved with the Gulf Citrus Growers Association in the development of citrus best
management practices (BMPs) for the Gulf Citrus area. Along with growers in the region, several faculty Low-chill peach trees in bloom
members are ri in chapter preparation for the BMP manual, and Dr. Rouse is a member of the at SWFREC.
team writing the pesticide section.
Additional research projects conducted by Dr. Rouse and his staff include -. ri; peach and plum se-
lections from the breeding program in Gainesville that are suitable for central and south Florida. These
hybrids must be tested locally to determine what types can best grow in south Florida.
"We're having success with this," Dr. Rouse says. "We released a peach variety last year that never could
have been released by being evaluated in Gainesville. We evaluated it here in Immokalee, where we need
the lowest of the low-chill varieties, and it has been successful. This UFSun variety is the most recent of
several varieties adapted for this area that have been released over the past several years."
For more information about the SWFREC Citrus Horticulture Program, contact Dr. Rouse at 239-658-
3400 or via e-mail at rer(@ifas.ufl. edu.
July 28: Sandland Sugarcane Workshop. SWFREC. For more information and to RSVP, contact as-
sistant scientist of agronomy Dr. Ike Ezenwa, 239-658 -3400.
August 24-25: Citrus Expo. 8am-4pm Wednesday, 8am-2pm Thursday, Lee Civic Center, Fort
Myers, FL. Free admission to UF/IFAS-sponsored educational seminars and a citrus industry trade
show. For more information, phone SWFREC, 239-658-3400.
September 7: UF/IFAS Tomato Institute. 9am-3pm, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Naples, FL. Free admis- PAGE 3
sion. For more information, contact Dr. Phyllis Gilreath, Manatee County Extension agent, 941-
722-4524, ext. 229.
2686 State Road 29 North
Immokalee, FL 34142
We're on the Web!
SWFREC Staff News
Two SWFREC employees recently completed educational degree programs:
* Barbara Hyman earned her Master's Degree in agriculture from UF. A senior statistician working with agricul-
tural economist Dr. Fritz Roka, Hyman assists with numerous projects, including a study to determine the eco-
nomical benefits of harvesting citrus mechanically. She has worked at SWFREC for more than thirteen years.
* Roger McGill earned his Associates of Science Degree in golf course operations (turf science) from Edison Com- a
munity College in Fort Myers. A maintenance mechanic at the center, McGill also has received an Associates in
Arts Degree from Edison in general education. He has been employed at the center for nearly eleven years.
Extension Publications Available Online
A variety of publications authored by SWFREC faculty and staff members is accessible via the
EDIS web site (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu). EDIS, which stands for Electronic Data Information -.,
Source, is an online program of the UF/IFAS Extension Department. Simply enter a search '
keyword or faculty member's name in the search bar on the web site, and you'll have instant S lense at TYur Flnugeruls:
access to a list of publications. Documents can be viewed online and are also offered in a .nison,
printer-friendly PDF format.