VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2
SSOUITIWEST FLORIDA RESEARCH
Center Director's Corner
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Inside this issue:
2006 Farm Safety
SWFREC Staff News
We want to express our thanks and appreciation to the entire South Florida legisla-
tive delegation for its support of the UF/IFAS budget initiatives this year. The sup-
port of the initiatives helped IFAS in the program areas of agriculture, family and
consumer sciences, 4-H, natural resources, and Sea Grant.
A fifteen million dollar Community Budget Issue Request (CBIR), sponsored by
Senator Skip Campbell and other south Florida legislators, was approved for IFAS '
Research and Education Centers (RECs). These funds will be used specifically for
repairs of damages from the 2004-2005 hurricanes (1.3 million dollars of this CBIR
was designated for repairs at the Southwest Florida REC). These funds will also help
address some deferred maintenance issues.
In a CBIR sponsored by Representative Denise Grimsley and other south Florida legislators, the sugarcane
program at the Southwest Florida and Everglades RECs received $300,000 to address critical research
challenges facing that industry. Additional research components are being added to the sugarcane breed-
ing and genetics program, along with more research to help improve sugarcane production, with particu-
lar emphasis on sugarcane nutrition. Nitrogen recommendations for sandland sugarcane are some of the
critical areas to be addressed. Additional projects related to monitoring and control of insects and plant
prl' I.. ig, .. will be expanded both in burned sugarcane and green cane. A new research component to be
added is a more thorough survey and evaluation of the I. l11l, populations that flourish in the Everglades
Agricultural Area (EAA) and other parts of South Florida.
We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Senator Lisa Carlton, Senator Burt Saunders, and
Senator Larcenia Bullard for their special efforts this year and their dedication to and support of agricul-
ture in the EAA and other parts of South Florida.
1-2 Christine Waddill
ctwaddill@ifas. ufl. edu
Farm Safety Day Educates 150 Farm Worker Personnel
The 16th Annual Southwest Florida Farm Safety Day attracted 150 farm workers and managers from
4 throughout Southwest Florida to the SWFREC on Saturday, June 3, for a day of farm safety education.
Four sessions in the morning included:
"Recognizing and Avoiding Africanized Bees," presented by Dr. Phil Stansly, SWFREC entomologist.
"Working Safely Around Lightning and Electrical Hazards," presented by Gene McAvoy, UF/IFAS
Hendry County Cooperative Extension Service Director and multi-county horticultural agent and
Cesar Asuaje, extension agent from the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service.
(See "Safety Day," page 2)
"Safety Day"(from page 1)
"Avoiding Heat Stroke and Heat Related Illness," presented by Paul Midney of Collier Health
"Eye Safety for Agricultural Workers and Preventing Eye Injuries," presented by Dr. Paul Mona-
ghan, from the Department of Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida.
Following lunch, safety day attendees
cheered as their coworkers competed in
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watches closely as he backs up a sprayer. Rewarded
arks and Recre with trophies were (below, from left): Darwin Mauri-
tion, and Ever- cio, Wheeler Farms, third place; Pedro Miguel-Ruiz,
glades Farm Immokalee Tomato Growers, first place; and Jose
Equipment. Gold Torres, Six L's Farm-Op. #2, second place.
sponsors included Citrus Produc-
ers, Inc., Ranch One Cooperative,
Inc., and T & M Portable Rest- .
rooms, Inc. Silver sponsors in-
cluded Aglime Sales, Inc., Bob
Paul, Inc., Bayer CropScience, c
Scorekeepers and announcers Creel Tractor mpany, and
keep the audience abreast of the Creel reactor Company, and
tractor contest competition. Farm Credit of Southwest Florida.
In addition, various Immokalee-
area businesses donated gift cards,
clothing, and other items for prize
drawings that were conducted
throughout the day. They in-
cluded: B & L ACE Hardware, the EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill at the Seminole Indian Casino, the Harvest
Caf6 at Harvest for Humanity's Jubilation, Lozano's Mexican Restaurant, McDonald's, Rib City Grill,
Sewing by Patrice, Taps Automotive, and Winn-Dixie Supermarket. A special thanks to all of these
businesses for their continued generosity to the Farm Safety Day!
In a survey conducted of fifteen farms in south Florida that enroll their employees in UF/IFAS pro-
grams such as the Farm Safety Day, 87 percent stated that such programs (offered in both Spanish and
English) "definitely" have helped in reducing non-fatal accidents on their farms during the last four
years. And 80 percent stated that these programs "definitely" help improve the overall safety behavior
of their farm operation employees.
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2
SWFREC Staff News
The following are refereed journal articles published by SWFREC faculty from January-June 2006. Begin-
ning with the September issue of "SWFREC Update," these articles will be listed on a quarterly basis.
Dr. Kent Cushman, vegetable horticulturalist:
Cushman, K.E., R.M. Moraes, P.D. Gerard, E. Bedir, B. Silva, and I.A. Khan. 2006. Frequency and tim-
ing of leaf removal affect 71..; rli and podophyllotoxin content of American mayapple in shade. HortScience
Bedir E., M. Tellez, H. Lata, I. Khan, K.E. Cushman, and R.M. Moraes. 2006. Post-harvest and scale-up
extraction of American mayapple leaves for podophyllotoxin production. Industrial Crops and Products
Dr. Ike Ezenwa, assistant scientist of agronomy:
Ezenwa, I.V., R.S. Kalmbacher, J.D. Arthington, and F.M. Pate. (Submitted). Creeping Signalgrass versus
Bahiagrass for Cow and Calf Grazing in Florida. Agronomy Journal.
Dr. Ed Hanlon, soil and water scientist:
Luo, Y. G., R. M. Muchovej, R. N. Gallaher, and E. A. Hanlon. 2006. Response of Lima Bean to Inorganic
Nitrogen and Broiler Manure Sources and Rates. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal., 37: 1-17.
Dr. Kelly Morgan, soil and water scientist: 10t'
Morgan, K. T., T. A. Obreza, J. M. S. Scholberg, L. R. Parsons, and T. A. Wheaton. 2006. Citrus Water
Uptake Dynamics on a Sandy Florida Entisol. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 70(1):90-97.
Morgan, K. T., J. M. S. Scholberg, T. A. Obreza, and T. A. Wheaton. 2006. Size, Biomass, and Nitrogen
Relationships with Sweet Orange Tree Growth. J. Am. Soc. Hort. Sci. 131(1): 149-156.
Dr. Pam Roberts, plant lir..l..1,.. r.
French-Monar, R.D., Roberts, P.D., and Jones, J.B. 2006. Characterization of Phytophthora capsici associ-
ated with roots of weeds on Florida vegetable farms. Plant Dis. 90:345-350.
Dr. Fritz Roka, agricultural economist:
Burns, J.K., F.M. Roka, K-T Li, L. Pozo, and R.S. Buker. 2006. Late-season 'Valencia' Orange Mechanical
Harvesting with an Abscission Agent and Low-frequency HFI ri..;. HortScience 41(3):660-663.
Dr. Bob Rouse, citrus horticulturalist:
Bowman, Kim D. and Robert E. Rouse. 2006. US-812 citrus rootstock. HortScience. 41:832-836.
Obreza, T.A. and R.E. Rouse. 2006. Long-term response of 'Hamlin' orange trees to controlled-release
Nitrogen fertilizers. HortScience 41:423-426.
Dr. Sanjay Shukla, water resources scientist: ,
Jaber, F.H., S. Shukla, and S. Srivastava. 2006. Recharge, upflux, and water table response for shallow
water table conditions. Hydrological Processes 20: 1895-1907.
Jaber, F.H. and Shukla S. 2006. Effects of soil moisture sensor spacing and zone of influence on recharge
calculation. Soil Science 171(4): 305-312.
Jaber, F. H., S. Shukla, E. A. Hanlon, T. A. Obreza, and P. Stofella. 2006. Groundwater Phosphorus and PAGE 3
Trace Element Concentrations from Organically Amended Sandy and Calcareous Soils of Florida. Compost
Science and Utilization 14(1): 6-16.
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August 23-24: 2006 Florida Citrus Expo. 8am-4pm Wednesday, 8am-2pm Thursday, Lee .....
Civic Center, Fort Myers, FL. Free admission to citrus industry trade show and UF/IFAS
educational seminars coordinated by SWFREC. For more information, contact SWFREC,
239-658-3400, or go online at www.citrusindustry.net/expo.html.
September 6: UF/IFAS Tomato Institute. 9am-3pm, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Naples, FL. Free
admission. For more information, contact Dr. Kent Cushman, SWFREC, 239-658-3400.
Events in Pictures
Left: Nearly 107 growers and industry
reps participated in the SWFREC Spring
Vegetable Field Day in May, where Jimmy
Knowles, an engineer in the Water Re-
sources Program, helped describe the
lysimeter project. Right: Fetching candy
from the "clutches" of the gator was a
highlight for children who visited the
SWFREC booth at the Florida Cattle-
men's Association Convention in June in
Marco Island. More than 300 industry
personnel passed by the booth. .