VOLUME 3, ISSUE I
SSOLITI WEST FLORIDA RESEARCH I
Center Director's Corner
The SWFREC landscape certainly has changed over the last year. Much of the
change took place as a result of Hurricane Wilma and the wrath it brought to the
property in October 2005. We want to thank UF/IFAS administration and facili-
ties personnel in Gainesville for their assistance in accomplishing the renovations.
A new modular building was erected that now includes office and lab space for staff
members from the entomology, water resources, citrus horticulture, and agricul-
tural economics programs. The building replaces a trailer that was totally de- (
stroyed by Wilma.
Several of our greenhouses required extensive repairs, and one was a total loss following the storm. All
are up and running now and are being utilized by various programs.
Inside this issue:
S WFREC Hosts Ag
Donations Assist Groves
The new modular In other news,
killing is being used we are pleased
ie and lab to announce the
May 1 arrival of
uI i i Robert Ebel to the SWFREC in
rII i. ewly created position of associ-
it. i professor of citrus horticulture
,!!I I .lant physiology. Dr. Ebel
S, s to us from Auburn Univer-
r. where he has worked for ten
S..... i as a pomologist. Dr. Ebel
received his undergraduate degree in
2 horticulture from the University of Missouri in 1981. He earned his M.S. in horticulture in 1985 from
Washington State University, where he also earned his Ph.D. in horticulture in 1991. Dr. Ebel's work at
SWFREC will focus on lowering production costs for citrus growers by identifying limitations of produc-
tion, conducting research to address those issues, and relating results back to growers.
3 Future projects at the center will include construction of a new building that will house the mechanical
shop as well as the facilities and farm operations departments. The current mechanical shop will be con-
verted into a much-needed storage building. In addition, plans for a new dormitory building for graduate
students are in the works, and repairs will continue to be made to existing structures.
Growers, Others Take Ag Tours to SWFREC
A group of corn and soybean producers from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Canada toured the
SWFREC this past January. GROWMARK Industries, a cooperative farmer group, staged its annual
convention in Marco Island, and several members participated in an organized field trip to the center.
Several faculty and staff members spoke to the group, including Dr. John Dunckelman, associate center
director, who welcomed the group to the center and pro-
vided an overview of SWFREC programs and general
information about agriculture in southwest Florida. Cit-
rus horticulturalist Dr. Bob Rouse took the group into the
SWFREC grove, where he did a demonstration about the
evolution of grapefruit varieties. Entomologist Dr. Phil
Stansly provided information about citrus problems, in- .
cluding canker and greening diseases. And Dr. Sanjay
Shukla, water resources scientist, and engineer Jimmy 1 !'!
Knowles spoke about the lysimeter project and water use Members of GROWMARK Industries watch Dr.
in agriculture. Bob Rouse's grapefruit demonstration in the
In addition, economist Dr. Fritz Roka spoke to the entire
GROWMARK delegation of more than 230 members in Marco Island. His presentation focused on
farm labor and immigration issues.
Dr. Roka also spoke to the Greater Naples Leadership group, which included SWFREC among its stops
during an agricultural tour this month. He participated in a panel discussion about labor issues, then
4. Senior bio answered questions from the group.
S logical scien
.--' tist Peter A group of agriculture students from Delaware
Newman Valley College in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, also
Gives the visited the center this month. The group received
S" group a crash
course in in-field presentations about growing practices in
sugarcane south Florida, including citrus, vegetables, sugar-
production. cane, and peaches.
Company Donations Assist SWFREC Groves
Generous product donations from three companies on behalf of their southwest Florida representatives
are being utilized in the SWFREC citrus groves to protect trees against citrus greening disease:
* Bayer CropScience (Rachel Walters) donated Admire, a systemic insecticide to protect against
psyllids, which is being applied to newly planted trees in the SWFREC concept grove. The con-
cept grove is a study of how new plantings will be planted and brought into production in the face
of citrus greening. In addition, Bayer donated Temik, a soil applied systemic to help with psyllid
control, for the mature trees in the SWFREC grove. Thank you to custom applicator Dan Poole
for applying the Temik in the grove.
* Valent USA (Sarah Hatton) donated Danitol, a foliar insecticide used to control psyllids, which is
being applied to the center's mature grove trees.
* Dow AgroSciences (Tony Weiss) donated Lorsban, a foliar spray that also targets psyllids, for ap-
plication on the mature trees.
Thank you to reps Rachel, Sarah, and Tony and their companies for these generous donations!
VOLUME 3, ISSUE I
SWFREC Staff News
* Dr. Sanjay Shukla, water resources scientist, made an invited presentation, "Effects of Compost Appli-
cation on Water Movement and Quality," at the US Compost Council Meeting in Orlando in January.
* Post-doctoral research associate Dr. Ronald French accepted a faculty position as an assistant professor
and extension specialist with Texas A & M University. He joined the Department of Plant P .rl. .1.. .
and Microbiology and is stationed at the TAMUS Research and Extension Center in Amarillo. Dr.
French received his Ph.D. in plant ] ri- .1..2 from UF in May 2004. At SWFREC, he conducted re-
search on Phytophthora capsici, which causes Phytophthora blight and rot of bell pepper and other vegeta-
ble hosts. In his new position, Dr. French is focusing on plant disease management.
* Jimmy Knowles, an engineer in the Water Resources program, participated in the following educational
seminar in December at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred: "Geodesy
Fundamentals and GPS Positioning for Agricultural, Surveying, and GIS Applications."
* Senior biological scientist Karen Armbrester retired on January 31 after nearly thirty years at the
SWFREC. The center's faculty and staff had a luncheon in Karen's honor and presented her with a
commemorative plaque and other gifts. While at the SWFREC, Karen spent most of her years working
in the vegetable horticulture program.
* Gregory Hendricks, a Water Resources graduate student, was selected to receive a travel grant from
the UF Graduate Student Council to present a paper on the effectiveness of vegetable BMPs at the 2007
annual meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in Minneapolis, MN.
* The following are refereed journal articles, trade publication articles, and EDIS documents published by
SWFREC faculty from December-March:
Cherry, R., P. Stansly, R. Nagata, and S. Halbert. 2006. Libumia pseudoseminigra (Delphacidae: Homop-
tera), a New and Unusual Pest of St. Augustine Grass. Florida Entomologist. 89: 459-462.
Jaber, F. H. and S. Shukla. 2007. Accuracy of Hydrodynamic Modeling of Reservoirs. Journal of Hydrologic
Engineering 12(2): 225-230.
Rogers. M. E. and P. A. Stansly. 2006. Management of Citrus Leafminer. Citrus Industry 87(4): 15-16.
Shukla, S. and F. H. Jaber. 2006. Groundwater Recharge from Agricultural Areas in the Flatwoods Region
of South Florida. University of Florida, IFAS, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, ABE Circular, 7 pp.
Shukla, S. and F. H. Jaber. Stormwater as an Alternative Source of Water Supply: Feasibility and Implica-
tions for Watershed Management. University of Florida, IFAS, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, ABE
Circular 1493, 6 pp.
Shukla, S. 2006. Harvesting Water as a Second Crop. Citrus and Vegetable magazine 70 (9):28.
Stansly, P. A. and M. E. Rogers. 2006. Managing Asian Citrus Psyllid Populations. Citrus Industry 87
Stansly, P. A. 2006. Footsteps: the Best Thing to Put in Your Grove. Citrus Industry 87(6):28-29.
Stansly, P. A. 2007. Scouting for Pests and Beneficials in Florida Citrus. Citrus Industry 88(2):14-17.
Urbaneja, A., Sanchez, E. and Stansly, P. A. 2007. Life History of Eretmocerus mundus Mercet (Hym.:
Aphelinidae), a Parasitoid of Bemisia tabaci gennadius (Hom: Aleyrodidae), on Tomato and Sweet Pep-
per. Biocontrol 52:25-39.
Xiao, Yingfang, J. A. Qureshi, and Philip A. Stansly. 2007. Contribution of Predation and Parasitism to
Mortality of Citrus Leafminer Phyllocnistis citrella stainton (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) Populations in Flor-
ida. Biological Control 40:396-404.
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April 4: Certified Crop Advisors Seminar. 7:30am-5:30 pm, SWFREC, Immokalee (and via videoconference
at additional locations). Integrated pest management, 5 CEUs; nutrient management, 5 CEUs. For more
information or to register: http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu/crec_websites/cca/index.htm.
April 18: Citrus Growers Mechanical Harvesting Field Day and Workshop. 7:30am-2pm, SWFREC. Event will
include in-field machine demonstrations. For more information, visit: http:/ /citrusmh.ifas.ufl.edu. To
RSVP, contact Barbara Hyman at 239-658-3461 or e-mail email@example.com.
June 2: Seventeenth Annual UF/IFAS Farm Safety Day and Tractor Rodeo. 7:45am-
3pm, SWFREC. Event includes educational sessions in the morning and tractor
safety contest in the afternoon. Registration forms will be mailed to companies in
late April/early May.
June 19-20: 2007 Florida Cattlemen's Association Convention. Marriott Resort,
Marco Island. For more information, link to the following Web site: http://www.floridacattlemen.org/
fca/index.htm. Be sure to stop by the SWFREC booth (#29) in the trade show.
August 22-23: 2007 Citrus Expo. Lee Civic Center, Fort Myers. Event features UF/IFAS-sponsored edu-
cational seminars and a citrus industry trade show. For more information, visit http: / /