VOLUME 4, ISSUE 3
& SOUTHWEST FLORIDA RESEARCH
Center Director's Corner
Two new buildings are nearing completion on the SWFREC property: a building that
will house the farm, fleet, and maintenance operations and a new dormitory for gradu-
Funds for these construction projects resulted from $15 million that was appropriated
by the Florida legislature in 2006 for UF/IFAS infrastructure renovations. Of that
amount, the SWFREC received $1.1 million.
The new operations building includes a maintenance shop that measures 3,000 square feet and includes
three bays for large farm equipment maintenance. The structure also includes a covered outdoor work
area, air-conditioned office space, and new restrooms. The old mechanical shop will be converted into
much-needed storage space for the center, and the farm maintenance building will be renovated to be
used for small equipment
Inside this issue:
projects at the SWFREC include a
new dormitory, four new
greenhouses for entomology re-
search, and the new farm opera
The new dormitory is 1,664 square feet under air conditioning and features four bedrooms, two bath-
rooms, and a full kitchen. The house will sleep up to eight graduate students. One existing dormitory
trailer will be torn down; another will be renovated in the future.
Additional construction projects at the center include four new greenhouses that will be used by Dr. Phil
Stansly's entomology program. The structures are being built with entomology program funds.
As we enter fall and begin to plan our SWFREC Fall Vegetable Field Day, which will take place in late
November or early December, we look forward to having our growers and other clientele out to the cen
ter to see these improvements firsthand.
S Newsletter to Be Available Solely Electronically
In support of "Think Before You Ink," the University of Florida's cost-reduction program and effort to
increase environmental sustainability, future issues of the SWFREC Update newsletter will be available
only by electronic means.
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be found via the SWFREC Web site at http://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletter/. If you wish to be
S placed on a list to have the newsletter e-mailed to you each quarter, please contact Julie Carson,
SWFREC media coordinator, at carsonj@(ufl.edu.
Company Donation Assists Water Projects
Generous donations from T-Systems via area representative Kris
Nightengale are being used on the SWFREC property in projects
conducted by the water resources program. In a cooperative rela-
tionship for the past five seasons, the company has donated T-Tape
drip irrigation materials to the program's Water resources
Water resources scien-
lysimeter projects, which assist area growers list Dr. Sanjay Shukla
in determining the exact irrigation needs of inspects the lysimeters.
plants grown on sandy soils.
SWFREC Staff News
Two SWFREC specialists gave presentations at the UF/IFAS Tomato Institute in early Septem-
ber in Naples: Plant 1. rli..1...;. -r Dr. Pam Roberts' talk was titled "Update on Late Blight on
Tomato: Recent Late Blight Isolates in Florida and Updated Management Options," and post-
doctoral research associate Dr. Monic Ozores-Hampton's talk was titled "Evaluation of TYLC
Virus-resistant Tomato Varieties Under Commercial Conditions in Southwest Florida." More
than 220 growers, industry representatives, and other personnel from southwest Florida at-
tended the conference.
Entomologist Dr. Phil Stansly has given multiple
presentations during the past three months.
"Biological Control of Psyllids" was the topic of his
talk during the 2008 Citrus Expo seminar program,
which was modified and presented in September
following the cancellation of the Expo itself due to
tropical storm Fay. More than 200 growers attended
the program in Lake Alfred, and more than forty
participated via videoconference at the SWFREC,
where Dr. Stansly made his presentation. He also
spoke during the citrus squeezer at the center earlier
this month. The program drew nearly eighty growers and focused on greening and psyllid
scouting techniques, and his talk was titled "Why, When, and How to Monitor for Asian Citrus
Psyllid." And Dr. Stansly participated in a vegetable growers meeting in August that spotlighted
Western Flower Thrips, 1.1 ..r... ; information along with Dr. Charles Mellinger of Glades
Crop Care on "Vertical I.. r. .;I r;.... in the Management of Pepper Weevil and Other Insects in
Pepper and Whitefly and Other Insects in Tomato." More than forty growers attended the
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VOLUME 4, ISSUE 3
* The SWFREC HLB Lab, which opened this past February, has surpassed the 4,000 sample mark.
Lab personnel are testing citrus samples for Huanlongbing (HLB), or what is most commonly
known to growers as citrus greening disease, a bacterial disease transmitted by the Asian citrus
psyllid, a leafhopper insect.
* Water resources scientist Dr. Sanjay Shukla was awarded the 2008 Best Technical Publication
Award by the Watershed Council of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the
American Society of Civil Engineers at the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress
in Honolulu, Hawaii, in May. The awarded publication is titled "Accuracy of Hydrodynamic
Modeling of Flood Detention Reservoirs" and was co-authored by Dr. Fouad Jaber, a former post
-doctoral research associate at the SWFREC who now is an assistant professor/extension with
Texas A & M University.
Before citrus samples can be
processed and tested for
greening disease, they must
be prepared in the HLB
* A group of faculty members and post-docs from the University of Munich in Germany visited the
SWFREC in July. Members were in the state to attend the meeting of the American Society for Horti-
cultural Sciences in Orlando, then traveled to southwest Florida to gather more information
about growing practices in the area. SWFREC soil and water scientist Dr. Kelly Morgan
hosted the group and provided information about area modeling efforts in vegetable production
on seepage irrigation. Project reports detailed a nitrogen study being conducted by post-
doctoral research associate Dr. Monica Ozores-Hampton, Dr. Morgan's C-139 basin phospho-
rus project, and a modeling project just being initiated at SWFREC. In addition, Dr. Shukla
spoke to the group about his lysimeter project, and Dr. Morgan discussed the irrigation and
fertilizer injection practices being followed in the new SWFREC citrus concept grove. The I
group then traveled to the C-139 basin vegetable farm of grower Ed Tuten, where members
learned about production practices, best management practices, and water issues facing grow- From left: A German guest, Dr.
ers in the area, as well as the relationship between growers and UF/IFAS. Shukla, Dr. Morgan, and post-
doc research associate Dr. Kamal
* Soil and water scientist Dr. Ed Hanlon participated in a workshop on land use and water issues Mahmoud discuss Florida vegeta-
in Flagler County in June. In July, he teamed with Dr. Shukla to present "Impoundments: ble production.
Research-based Alternative Management Concepts" to the South Florida Water Management
District, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, and Indian River Citrus League growers at
the UF/IFAS REC in Fort Pierce. In August, Dr. Hanlon participated in the UF/IFAS College of Agri-
cultural and Life Sciences symposium in Gainesville. And this fall, he is teaching a distance education
class, Environmental Soil, Water, and Land Use, to twenty-five UF M.S. and Ph.D students.
* Refereed and trade journal articles published recently:
W. Wall, W. Dozier, R.C. Ebel, B. Wilkins, F. Woods, W. Foshee. 2008. Vegetative and floral
chilling requirements of four new kiwi cultivars of Actinidia chinensis and A. deliciosa. HortScience,
M. Nesbitt, R.C. Ebel, W. Dozierm Jr. 2008. Production practices for Satsuma mandarins grown
in the southeastern United States. HortScience, 43:290-292.
R.C. Ebel, M. Nesbitt, F. Dane, W. Dozier. 2008. Freeze risk and protection measures of Satsuma
mandarins grown in the southeastern United States. HortScience, 43:287-289.
R. Rouse. 2008. Florida citrus preparation for 2008 hurricanes. Citrus Industry, 89(7):11-12.
T. Obreza, M. Zekri, E. Hanlon, A. Schuman. 2008. Leaf and soil sampling, testing, and interpretation.
Citrus Industry, 89(7):17-20.
M. Rogers, P. Stansly, L. Stelinski. 2008. A coordinated attack.
Florida Grower, 101(8):20-22.
* On September 11, SWFREC faculty and staff members raised
the flag and lowered it to half-staff while sharing a moment of
silence in honor of those who lost their lives in the tragic
events that occurred seven years ago.
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October 7: Florida Mini-Greening Summit. 9:45am-12:00pm, SWFREC, Immokalee. Presentations will
provide updates on psyllid control research, greening bacteria research, horticultural greening management
research, and citrus canker research. Attendees will receive two CEUs for the restricted pesticide and certi-
fied crop advisory program. For more information and to register, phone the Hendry County Cooperative
Extension office at 863-674-4092.
October 15: Certified Crop Advisor Training. 7:30am-5:30pm, SWFREC (via videoconference; program
originates from the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred). CEU opportunities:
soil/water management, 5 CEUs; crop management, 5 CEUs. R irn -.r... fee: $100 ($120 at the door),
payable to: CRE Foundation, Attn. Jane Wilson, 700 Experiment Station Road, Lake Alfred, FL 33850-
2299. For more information and to register online, visit http: //www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu/cca/.
October 24: Homecoming Holiday. In observance of UF's homecoming football weekend, all UF/IFAS re-
search and education centers will be closed today.
Late November/early December: SWFREC Fall Vegetable Field Day. Date to be announced. Check
SWFREC Web site for updated information, agenda, and speaker lineup: http://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/.