Title: SWFREC update
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Creator: Southwest Florida Research & Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publisher: Southwest Florida Research & Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
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Publication Date: December 2007
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Center Director's Corner


The SWFREC has hosted several important groups over the past few months, including:

* Leadership Collier. This group of business men and women from throughout Col-
lier County included a visit to the SWFREC as part of its agricultural education day
in November. Associate center director Dr. John Dunckelman welcomed the
group and provided an overview of agricultural production in the state and in (
southwest Florida. Dallas Townsend, director emeritus of the UF/IFAS Hendry \
County Cooperative Extension office in LaBelle provided an entertaining look at the history of agri-
culture in south Florida and how industries have progressed. And agricultural economist Dr. Fritz
Roka served as moderator of a panel discussion related to farmworker issues.

* An agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) Update roundtable meeting was conducted at the
center in November. Among the participants from SWFREC were Dr. Dunckelman, soil and water
scientists Dr. Ed Hanlon and Dr. Kelly Morgan, water resources scientist Dr. Sanjay Shukla, citrus
horticulturalist Dr. Bob Rouse and physiologist Dr. Bob Ebel, and post-
doctoral research associate Dr. Monica Ozores-Hampton. I

Inside this issue:

Groups Tour SWVFREC

Fall Field Day Report

coming E1
Upcoming Events

* Under the direction of teacher Amie Zelada, twenty-six
science students from Palmetto Ridge High School in
Naples visited the SWFREC in December and learned
about several agriculture-related topics, including the
importance of agriculture in the state. Dr. Rouse demon-
strated the process of grafting citrus budwood
onto an existing citrus tree, entomologist Dr. Phil
Stansly presented information about pests and
citrus greening disease, and senior water re-
sources engineer Jimmy Knowles showed the
group a lysimeter project in the field that deter-
mines exactly how much water is used by plants
in the bed.

Dallas Townser. I
(right) presents il,
history of agrici l....
Leadership Col .. .
Jimmy Knowle I ,1
crop irrigation .. i
with Palmetto ] I

* Members of Leadership Lehigh, which is com-
prised of business men and women from Lehigh
Acres, stopped at the center in December. Dr.
Dunckelman spoke to the group about southwest Florida agriculture, and UF/IFAS Hendry County
Cooperative Extension director Gene McAvoy conducted an on-bus tour for the group around the
SWFREC farm.

We appreciate the chance to showcase the SWFREC to these important individuals and look forward to
similar opportunities in the future.

We wish the merriest of holidays and a prosperous new year to our clientele and their families.

Christine Waddill



Field Day Draws Growers, Industry Personnel

Nearly forty growers, industry representatives, and other personnel participated in the SWFREC Fall
Vegetable Field Day in December.

In-field presentations included Dr. Phil Stansly, entomologist, who provided information about a study
on whitefly control for the management of watermelon vine decline, a trial measuring insecticidal con-
trol of whiteflies in tomato, and a project examining insecticidal control of Lepidoptera in zucchini,
tomato, and collards.

At a second field stop, water resources scientist Dr. Sanjay Shukla, agricultural economist Dr. Fritz
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spray tractor, and (left) growers peruse handout materials packed
with research data, photographs, and in-field trial results.

Dr. Shinjiro Sato, a post-doctoral research associate in the soil and water sciences program, and McA-
voy presented phosphorus recommendations for south Florida vegetable production and the results
from a study titled "Nitrogen Spatial Distribution and Phosphorus Solubility in a Sandy Soil Cropped
with Tomatoes under Seepage Irrigation." Joining Sato and McAvoy in conducting these studies is soil
and water scientist Dr. Kelly Morgan and post-doc research associate Dr. Monica Ozores-Hampton.

Additional data distributed to participants included "Control of Foliar Diseases on Watermelon with
Foliar Sprays" and "Evaluation of Compounds for Control of Foliar Diseases in Tomato"-information
resulting from plant p rl. ..1. .-r Dr. Pam Roberts' trials initiated last spring.

Focus on Safety: SW FREC Personnel Complete Training

Four SWFREC employees recently completed Haz-
ardous Material Technician/OSHA Level III t: ....... .

The hands-on emergency response sessions en, .. -
passed two full days of education, including i
appropriate use of SCBAs and a number of ,, ,,
drills designed to encourage aggressive re- i
sponse in emergency situations. Farm op-
erations employees Steve Taylor, Elmer
Lopez, Rudy Aragus, and Jose Mesa com-
pleted the training, which was conducted
by Chris Pappas, a certified hazardous ma- training
PAGE 2 trials instructor. exercise.
The training was coordinated by SWFREC maintenance and hazardous materials supervisor Roger
McGill, who completed OSHA Level V training with Pappas at a seminar last summer.


SWFREC Staff News

* Dr. Pam Roberts, plant .rli ..1. r, was honored with the Dallas Townsend Extension Award this past
September at the UF/IFAS Extension Professional Association of Florida annual meeting. In addition,
she, along with Dr. Alex Csinos with the University of Georgia, organized the 1st International Phy
tophthora capsici Meeting in November in Islamorada. Nearly sixty people participated in the first annual

* Entomologist Dr. Phil Stansly was invited to participate in a travel group to China as part of a scientific
cooperation exchange program in September. Stansly joined Dr. Bill Castle of the UF/IFAS Citrus
Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred and three other United States entomologists for the trip,
which was sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences' Institute of Plant Protection.
The group traveled through several Beijing districts, as well as Henan Province, Hebei Province, Shan-
dong Province, and Kijiang Province with Chinese scientists to observe pest management practices,
gather information, and share knowledge about biological control, ..1.. ., and integrated pest manage-
ment. Upon his return from China, Dr. Stansly relayed information about the trip
and China's pest management practices during a vegetable growers meeting at the
SWFREC in October. In addition, Dr. Stansly just returned from the American
Entomological Society Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, where he and as-
sistant research professor Dr. Jawwad Qureshi made back-to-back presentations.

* More than 100 people participated in the Florida Master Naturalist Program
(FMNP) Annual Meeting in November in Haines City. The event featured numer- ,
ous environmental presentations, field trips, and opportunities for FMNP students
and instructors to share information and tips on teaching others about Florida's
environment. SWFREC' j1.11I1 ecologist Marty Main and senior biological scien- 1
tist Ginger Allen worked in conjunction with the FMNP's Pinellas County chapter
to organize the event, which also included the presentation of numerous awards. In
addition, Ginger was elected to the board of directors for the Alliance of Natural
Resource Outreach and Service Programs. In recognition of her longstanding support of the
FMNP, Ginger Allen received an award from Dr.
* Soil and water scientist Dr. Ed Hanlon participated in several conferences during the Marty Main at the FMNP Annual Meeting.
last three months, including the USDA-CRSEES national review of the University of
Georgia's environmental program (one of six national scientists invited); the Soil Science Society of
America/American Society of Agronomy meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana (presented a poster); the
35th anniversary meeting of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (he serves as treas-
urer) in Ames, Iowa; and the South Regional Water Quality Conference (presented a poster) in Fayette-
ville, Arkansas.

* The following are EDIS documents published by SWFREC faculty during he last three months:

Roberts, P.D., Muchovej, R.M., Kucharek, T., Pernezny, K., and Momol, T. A Series on Diseases in the
Florida Vegetable Garden: Watermelon. http:/ /edis.ifas.ufl.edu/PP162.

Roberts, P.D., Muchovej, R.M., Kucharek, T., Pernezny, K., and Momol, T. A Series on Diseases in the
Florida Vegetable Garden: Squash. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/PP160.

Roberts, P.D., Muchovej, R.M., Kucharek, T., Pernezny, K., and Momol, T. A Series on Diseases in the
Florida Vegetable Garden: Cantaloupe. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/PP158.

Main, M.B., and Allen, G. Florida's Environment (series of documents by region)-Overview (http:/ /
edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW268), Northwest (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW269), Northeast (http://
edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW270), North Central (http: //edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW271), Central West (http://
edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW272), Central (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW273), Central East (http://
edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW274), Southwest (http: //edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW275), Southeast (http:// PAGE 3

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Upcoming Events

December 24-28, 2007, and January 1, 2008: SWFREC closed for holiday break. We will
resume regular business hours (8am-5pm) on Wednesday, January 2, 2008.
January 6-9: Application of Precision Agriculture for Fruits and Vegetables 2008. Regal Sun Resort,
Orlando. International symposium is sponsored by the International Society for Horticultural Science, the
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education
Center, Lake Alfred.
January 8: Vegetable Growers Meeting. 6-8pm, SWFREC. To RSVP, please call the UF/IFAS Hendry
County Extension office at 863-674-4092.
January 22-23: Indian River Citrus Seminar. St. Lucie County Fairgrounds, Fort Pierce. Program will in-
clude updates on insect, weed, and disease control strategies, as well as information about industry trends,
market conditions, fertilization, irrigation, and food safety. To register, go online to:
http: //www.floridagrower.net/flgevents/.


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