VOLUME 4, ISSUE 4
& SOUTI IWEST FLORIDA RESEARCH I
Center Director's Corner
Inside this issue:
Vegetable Field Day
Small Farmers Visit
EDIS Posts Publications 3
Despite soggy conditions, the UF/IFAS SWFREC Fall Vegetable Field Day drew more
than fifty growers, company representatives, and other industry personnel on
Following a welcome from myself and Hendry County Extension director Gene McA-
voy, who helps to organize our field days, the group set out to dodge raindrops and see
firsthand several research projects, including:\
* Entomology trials (Dr. Phil Stansly, entomologist) included worm control in tomatoes, squash, and
sweet corn, as well as
management of whiteflies
and vine decline in water-
melon (with plant pa-
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* Irrigation of pepper, in-
cluding scheduling using
data collected in lysime-
ters (water resources sci-
entist Dr. Sanjay Shukla).
* Results from pepper
trials and late blight
trials with Dr. Roberts.
Following the outdoor stops, from his program's lysimeter
soil and water scientist Dr. project; and ponchos
Kelly Morgan ided an courtesy of the Gowan Com-
Kelly Morgan provided an pany-reate a sea of blue in
update on the C- 139 Basin the field on a soggy Decem
phosphorus best manage- ber day.
ment practices project. And
I provided an update on the recent completion of two new buildings on the SWFREC property: a farm
operations / maintenance shop and a new student dormitory. Thank you to our lunch sponsor, Jim Cart-
wright, with Syngenta.
Thanks to the attendees who braved the weather. In addition, we'd like to thank Parker Oswald with the
Gowan Company, who offered rain ponchos for attendees to use during the field stops. And when the
event was completed, he donated the slickers to the SWFREC for use at future events. Thanks, Parker!
On behalf of all SWFREC faculty and staff, I wish you happy holidays and hopes for a prosperous new
Southwest Florida Small Farmers Gain
Education During Visit
A group of nearly fifteen small farmers from throughout southwest Florida visited the SWFREC in
November as part of its day-long agricultural tour, organized in part by Robert Halman, director of the
UF/IFAS Collier County Extension office in Naples.
The Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network stretches from Hillsborough County to Collier County
and is facilitated by agricultural extension agents in Sarasota, Lee, and Collier counties. The network
strives to help small farmers identify priorities, issues, and needs and assists them in developing a re-
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spoke with the group were entomologist Dr.
Phil Stansly and his senior biological scientist Barry Kostyk, water resources scientist Dr. Sanjay Shukla
and his engineer Jimmy Knowles, manager of the Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Dr. Rosa Muchovej,
and manager of the HLB (citrus greening) Diagnostic Lab Paul Julian.
SWFREC Closed for Holiday Break
In accordance with UF/IFAS, the SWFREC will be closed from Thursday, December 25, 2008,
through Sunday, January 4, 2009. Our regular business hours (8am-5pm) will resume on Monday,
January 5. This closure includes both the SWFREC Plant
Disease Diagnostic Lab and the HLB (citrus greening) Diag-
The SWFREC faculty and staff wish you and yours the warm
est holiday season!
VOLUME 4, ISSUE 4
SWFREC Staff News
* Barbara Hyman, educational coordinator of the UF/IFAS Citrus Mechanical Harvesting and Abscis-
sion Program and who is based at the SWFREC, completed the Breast Cancer 3 Day to benefit the
Susan G. Komen for the Cure two months ago in Tampa Bay. Barbara's goal for the sixty-mile
walk over a three-day period was $2,200, and she proudly surpassed that goal to reach $2,338!
C Citrus greening cure goes to lab
* Agricultural economist Dr. Fritz Roka was featured in an article published this month in
the Fort Myers News-Press. The story focused on the threat that citrus greening disease ':.. ..'. '
poses to Florida's citrus industry, and Dr. Roka provided details about monies and jobs .
that are at stake because of greening's potential impact..
* Several SWFREC faculty members participated in the 11th International Citrus Congress
in October in Wuhan, China. Among the group were entomologist Dr. Phil Stansly, citrus
horticulturalist Dr. Bob Rouse, soil and water scientist Dr. Kelly Morgan, citrus physiologist Dr.
Bob Ebel, and assistant research professor of entomology Dr. Jawwad Qureshi.
Web Site Serves as Portal to Extension Publications
Hundreds of extension publications written by UF/IFAS faculty and staff are available online at
EDIS is the university's Electronic Document Information System, and the site includes a searchable data-
base as well as a listing of publications for individual UF/IFAS departments and programs. Full-text docu-
ments can be viewed online and are also available as PDF documents suitable for printing.
Among extension publications written by SWFREC faculty and staff that continually receive a high num-
ber of internet hits on the EDIS web site are:
Main, M.B., and Allen, G. 2005. Florida State Symbols. EDIS: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW209.
Roberts, P.D., and Kucharek, T. 2007. 2007 Florida Plant Disease Management Guide: Squash. EDIS:
Boman, B., and Shukla, S. 2006. Water Measurement
for Agricultural Irrigation and Drainage Systems. EDIS:.. .. .. .. .......
http:/ /edis.ifas.ufl.edu/CH1 53. .
Morgan, K.T., and Hanlon, E.A. 2006. Improving .
Citrus Nitrogen Uptake Efficiency: Understanding Citrus___
Nitrogen Requirements. EDIS: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/
Roka, F., Burns, J., Syvertsen, J., and Ebel, R. 2008.-.
Benefits of an Abscission Agent in Mechanical Harvesting of .
Citrus. EDIS: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FE752. --'.
Webb, S.E., Stansly, P.A., Schuster, D.J., and Funder-
burk, J.E. 2007. Insect Management for Tomatoes, Pep-
pers, and Eggplant. EDIS: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/IN169.
Roka, F., Rouse, R., Futch, S., and Muraro, R. 2006. Hurricanes and the Harvesting Decisions.
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December 25, 2008-January 4, 2009: SWFREC closed for holiday break. We will resume regular
business hours (8am-5pm) on Monday, January 5, 2009.
January 19: SWFREC closed in observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 27: Citrus Squeezer: Topic to be Announced. SWFREC, lOam-lpm. To RSVP, please call the UF/
IFAS Hendry County Extension office at 863-674-4092.
SIn the Next Issue . .
The March 2009 issue of the SWFREC Update newsletter will include a message from our center director,
Dr. Christine Waddill, as well as staff news and a list of upcoming events for the spring and summer. In
addition, the newsletter will feature an article spotlighting the Citrus Physiology program.