VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2
& SOUITIWEST FLORIDA RESEARCH
Center Director's Corner
S N I11 I in i FA
Inside this issue:
Rep. Hudson Visit
Vegetable Field Day
Florida Representative Matt Hudson paid a visit to the SWFREC earlier this month to
gain an up-close perspective of the center, a number of its current research projects,
and the general impact of agriculture in southwest Florida. ',.i: iil
Representative Hudson's region, District 101, covers parts of Collier and Broward "
counties. He currently serves on the following councils and committees in the Florida
House: Healthcare Council, Committee on Health Quality, Committee on Economic
Development, and the Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.
While at the SWFREC, Representative Hudson spent much time talking with myself, associate center
director Dr. John Dunckelman, and Collier County Cooperative Extension director Robert Halman about
the center, issues it.i ,, ri.; agricultural efforts in southwest Florida, and the future of ag in our area. He
also took time to further explore three programs underway
it the center: the propagation of citrus trees under cover of
rwo screenhouse structures (with information and a tour
provided by citrus horticulturalist Dr. Bob Rouse), psyllid
research being conducted in a glass greenhouse (information
provided by entomology assistant research professor Dr.
Iawwad Qureshi), and the HLB Lab currently testing citrus
samples for Huanlongbing (HLB), commonly known by
growers as citrus greening disease (with information pro-
vided by plant 1.. rl-1..1. .r Dr. Pam Roberts).
(From left) Dr. John Representative Hudson's visit to the
Dunckelman and Rep. SWFREC was initiated by extension
Matt Hudson visit a director Halman, to whom we owe a
screenhouse with Dr.
Bob Rouse to learn huge "thank you." Every effort that
more about the propa- we leadership at our UF/IFAS
gation of citrus trees. research and education centers and
extension offices-put forth to promote the valuable research and extension activities of our faculty and
staff members to our elected officials and the public at large is crucial in ensuring continued funding and
support of UF/IFAS programs.
And we certainly want to thank Representative Hudson for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet
with us and learn more about our facility.
Dr. Main fields questions about
coyotes following his presenta-
tion to a group of homeowner
association members in Estero.
Expert Provides Insight on Coyote Behavior
Wildlife .1, '.. professor Dr. Marty Main was the featured speaker at a gathering of residential home-
owner association members in Estero in May. The meeting was called following several incidents of
coyotes -hii -,r. ., 1,; and attacking small dogs and their owners while on walks around their
Dr. Main's talk, "Coyotes in Florida: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," discussed the history of coyo-
tes in the state, coyote behavior, and what homeowners can do to protect themselves and their pets.
The event also featured advice from local Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers and was cov-
ered by numerous media, including TV outlets, the local NPR station, and at least two newspapers.
Field Day Spotlights Vegetable Research
Nearly eighty growers, industry representatives, and other
personnel participated in the UF/IFAS Spring Vegetable Field
Day at the SWFREC in May.
The event, organized in part by Hendry County Extension
director Gene McAvoy, southwest Florida's vegetable horti-
culture agent, included in-field information presented about
entomology trials, including whitefly control for the manage-
ment of watermelon vine decline; biological control of broad-
mite, spidermites, and whiteflies in eggplant; and insecticidal
control of whiteflies in tomato.
Plant I.rl, ,1,.. -, trials discussed in-
cluded watermelon studies for
downy mildew and the evaluation of
products to manage watermelon
vine decline caused by squash vein
An additional presentation focused
on the C-139 Basin phosphorus BMP project update, as well as new product
updates from Ag Lime Sales Inc. and Douglas Fertilizer representatives-and
lunch sponsors-Donald Allen and Larry Florom, respectively.
The top three finishers in the
tractor rodeo contest were (from
left) Pedro Miguel Ruiz, Immo-
kalee Tomato Growers, 1st;
Antonio Gaspar, BHN, 2nd; and
Darwin Mauricio, Wheeler
Farm Safety Day Educates 160-plus
Nearly 170 farm workers from throughout southwest Florida participated in the 18th Annual UF/
IFAS Farm Safety Day and Tractor Rodeo on June 7 at the SWFREC. Educational sessions offered in
the morning covered the following topics: sprayer calibration and drift control, food safety (hand
washing and sanitation), basic farm safety (lock out and tag out), and mosquitoes and your health.
Sponsors of the event included (platinum)-Barron Collier Partnership (Everett D. Loukonen);
(gold)-Cooperative Producers, Inc. (Mike Murphy) and Collier County Parks and Recreation
(Annie Alvarez); and (silver)-Creel Tractor Company (Mark Creel) and Wheeler Farms, Inc.
Companies that donated gift cards, clothing, free meals, and other items used as prize giveaways
throughout the day included: Rib City Grill, the Seminole Indian Casino, Lozano's, McDonald's,
Winn-Dixie, Sewing by Patrice, Tap's Automotive, Wendy's, and the farm safety day committee.
VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2
SWFREC Staff News
* Several faculty members participated in April's citrus mechanical harvesting field day. Citrus horticul-
turalist Dr. Bob Rouse and soil and water scientist Dr. Kelly Morgan presented "Concept Grove and
New Ideas for Grove Design," and citrus physiologist Dr. Robert Ebel presented "Abscission Trials."
* C ..-i .r,,1 .r.... to' 1I.111, ecologist Dr. Marty Main, who has been promoted to full professor with
UF/IFAS. More than 70 people par-
ticipated in the citrus me-
* Several SWFREC personnel participated in the 2008 Joint Annual Meeting of the Florida State Horti- chanical harvesting field day
cultural Society and the Soil Crop Science Society of Florida in June in Fort Lauderdale: in April.
Post-doctoral research associate Dr. Monica Ozores-Hampton served as lead author on a publication
awarded Best Paper in the Vegetable Section for "Effect of Nitrogen Rate Yield of Tomato Grown with Seep-
age Irrigation and Reclaimed Water" (co-authors included SWFREC entomologist Dr. Phil Stansly, water
resources engineer Dr. Sanjay Shukla, plant rl'i.. .. ;. r Dr. Pam Roberts, economist Dr. Fritz Roka, and
former vegetable horticulturalist Dr. Kent Cushman).
Citrus physiologist Dr. Robert Ebel presented "Incorporation of Air Temperature into a Model that Predicts
Loosening of Oranges by CMNP."
Assistant research professor Dr. Jawwad Qureshi, post-doctoral research associate Dr. Alejandro H. Are-
valo, and Dr. Stansly presented "Impact of Insecticidal Control on Asian Citrus Psyllid and its Natural Ene-
Dr. Arevalo also presented "Monitoring and Phenology of Thrips in Southern Highbush Blueberries."
Citrus mechanical harvesting education coordinator Barbara Hyman created and manned an informational
Dr. Roka presented "The Economic Value of Abscission for Mechanically Harvested Late Season 'Valencia'
Dr. Morgan presented "The Florida Automated Weather Network: Ten Years of Providing Weather Infor-
mation to Florida Growers" and "Citrus Cold Weather Protection and Irrigation Scheduling Tool Using Flor-
ida Automated Weather Network Data."
* Dr. Ebel has made the following presentations: (Also with Dr. Morgan) "Refining CMNP Applications
and Mechanical Harvester Settings for Late Season Loosening of 'Valencia' Oranges" (Mechanical Har-
vesting Advisory Committee, Immokalee), "Effect of Drought on Efficacy of CMNP to Loosen Sweet
Oranges for Mechanical Harvesting" (Mechanical Harvesting Advisory Committee, Immokalee),
"Impact of Drought Stress on Efficacy of CMNP" (also with senior biological scientist Peter Newman,
Citrus Harvesting Research and Advisory Council, Lake Wales), and "Response of Citrus and Vegetable
Crops to Drought and Salt Stress" (Workshop on Irrigation Restrictions, Immokalee).
* Dr. Qureshi and Dr. Stansly made the following invited talks: "Management of Psyllids and Leafminers
to Slow the Spread of Greening and Canker Diseases in Florida Citrus" (International Symposium on
Citriculture, Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico) and "Biosuppression/Control of Asian Citrus Psyllid Dia-
phorina citri (Hemiptera: Psyllidae)" (Greening Summit, Avon Park).
* Dr. Arevalo participated in the Systemic Acquired Resistance seminar in Lake Alfred, as well as the
Greening Summit in Avon Park.
* Soil and water scientist Dr. Ed Hanlon worked on a team that presented information on sampling and
analyzing water quality to eleven extension faculty members at the Tropical Research and Education
Center in Homestead. The same team trained fifteen clients in a week-long sampling and analysis
course. In addition, Dr. Hanlon presented information concerning agricultural impoundments, water PAGE 3
quality trading credits, and soil as a filter to section leaders of the St. Johns County Water Management
District. Co-authors of the presentation included SWFREC faculty members Dr. Shukla, Dr. Roberts,
and Dr. Main.
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