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4509 George Boulevard, Sebring, Florida 33875 (863) 402-6540



The Highlands County Citrus Extension Newsletter

Vol. III No. 7 August 2010

Upcoming Events Mark Your Calendar !
2010
Aug. 18 & 19 Citrus Expo, Ft. Myers
Aug. 25 Rural Energy Conference, Ag Center, Sebring
Aug. 26 Packinghouse Day, CREC Lake Alfred
Aug. 27 Indian River Postharvest Workshop, Ft. Pierce
Sept. 8 Highlands Citrus Grower Forum, Ag Center, Sebring
Sept 15 Highlands OJ Break Citrus Black Spot, Ag Center, Sebring
Sept 30 Citrus Management Strategies Workshop, Ag Center, Sebring
Nov. 10 Highlands OJ Break Cold Protection, Ag Center, Sebring
Dec. 7 Highlands RUP Training Workshop and Exams, Sebring
Dec 8 Highlands Citrus Grower Forum, Ag Center, Sebring
2011
Jan. 10-141nternational Research Conference on HLB, Orlando
Jan. 26-281ndian River Citrus Seminar, Ft. Pierce




Highlands "Citrus Grower Forum"
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
8:00 a.m.

Bert J. Harris, Jr. Agricultural Center
Conference Room # 2
Sebring, Florida

There will be "Continental Breakfast" beginning at 7:30 a.m. with coffee, sweets, fruit, OJ, etc.
We will end about 9:30.

The purpose of the Highlands Citrus Grower Forum is to allow growers to gather together and share
information about issues and needs, successes and failures in their citrus management program including
canker, psyllid, greening management programs, concerns for citrus black spot, etc. The Forum format
allows growers the opportunity to share what each is doing, and how successful we feel we are in what





we have done. Also, to share ideas that may not have come to us from the research community, yet we
tried them and found success.
Area-Wide Spraying or Citrus Health Management Areas has become a topic of interest allowing
growers the potential to improve effectiveness of spraying and reduce cost. I have been asked to include
this as a topic in the forum. Therefore I have asked growers from both Highlands County and other areas
who have had experience with Area-wide Sprays to come and share their experiences, benefits, etc. I
have also asked Dr. Michael Rogers, Entomologist from the CREC, Lake Alfred to attend, since he is
giving statewide leadership to developing Citrus Health Management Areas. Based on this discussion
perhaps we can set a course that we can develop here in Highlands County in Area-wide Citrus Sprays
for managing the Citrus Psyllid.

I would encourage everyone to attend.





September Highlands County
Citrus OJ Break


"Citrus Black Spot Identification and Management"


Wednesday, September 15, 2010
9:30 a.m. Noon

Bert J. Harris, Jr. Ag Center
Conference Room # 2
Sebring Florida

Topics Include:
The current status of Citrus Black Spot in Florida
Background on Citrus Black Spot
Management of Citrus Black Spot
Citrus Black Spot Identification and Survey Strategies

Speakers will include:
Dr. Megan Dewdney, Plant Pathologist, CREC Lake Alfred, and
representatives of both FDACS Div. of Plant Industry, and USAD Aphis.
Lunch will be included.
Pre-Registration is required to adequately plan for lunch.
Please call registration to (863) 402-6540 to Katie or email katieduncan@ufl.edu











19th Annual 2010 Citrus Expo

"Research to Real Life:
Applying the Latest citrus Science"

August 18 & 19, 2010
Lee County Civic Center
Ft. Myers, Florida

Additional Details and Information

1. Informational Brochure
Attached is a brochure including topics and events, registration information,
host hotels, etc. or you can go to the web site:
http://www.citrusexpo.net/
2. List of Topics and Speakers
http://www.citrusexpo.net/seminars 37 1259436171.pdf
3. Citrus Industry Prayer Breakfast
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Meeting Room C 7 8 a.m.

4. Casino Night Fund Raiser for Florida FFA
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Holiday inn Ft. Myers at the Gulf Coast Town Center
7:30 p.m. $50.00 admission donation
http://www.citrusexpo.net/casinonight.html
5. Steak Out Lunch Finale at the end of the Thursday Session
Grilled Rib eye Steak, Baked potato, Salad, Tomato, rolls and tea
Included with Registration.





Restricted Use Pesticide License Review and

Testing

August 11, 2010 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Hardee County Extension Office
Wauchula, Florida

A three-hour pesticide license review and exam will be held in Hardee County. Three CEU's CORE and
one in the Private Applicator Category will be offered.


For Registration and questions call (863) 773-2164.












Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

Conference

Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Bert J. Harris, Jr. Ag Center, Sebring


Topic Title: How to Get Solar Power
That Pays For Itself in Less Than 5 Years,
and Free Power After That.


For many of us Solar power opportunities to save money on energy cost may not be high on our radar
screen right now. There are, however; some lucrative grants and tax advantages that exist right now that
can pay big dividends right now for those interested in solar power. Presently through grant opportunities
one can get part of the cost of the investment back immediately and the remainder over the next five
years. This has special benefit for things such as offices, barns, equipment sheds, irrigation and other
water pumps, that may be in remote locations where power distribution might be difficult or unreliable.

I would urge you to attend this conference and learn what benefits may be available to you.

Attached is a flyer and registration information.

For more information, contact Ms. Dee Dee Jacobson, Urban Horticulturist at 404-6540.








Tim Hurner,
Multi-County Citrus Extension Agent
Interim CED
Highlands County

4509 George Boulevard Sebring, FL 33870-5867
Tele: (863) 402-6540 Fax (863) 402-6544
Email: plowbov@ufl.edu *Web Site: http://highlands.ifas.ufl.edu



Highlands County Extension is a cooperating service of the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners and the University of
Florida. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (lFAS) is an Equal Employment Opportunity -Affirmative Action Employer
authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-
discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, sex, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin,
political opinions, or affiliations. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Services, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida
A. & M. University Cooperative Extension Programs, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.









Highlands Citrus E-Talk


4509 George Boulevard, Sebring, Florida 33875 (863) 402-6540



The Highlands County Citrus Extension Newsletter

Vol. 3 No 7a August, 2010

Part # 2
Due to the volume of information that I need to pass on to you, I am sending you this
newsletter in two parts. I sent the first half last Wednesday, if you did not receive it, let
me know.

Upcoming Events Mark Your Calendar !
2010
Aug. 18 & 19 Citrus Expo, Ft. Myers
Aug. 25 Rural Energy Conference, Ag Center, Sebring
Aug. 26 Packinghouse Day, CREC Lake Alfred
Aug. 27 Indian River Postharvest Workshop, Ft. Pierce
Sept. 8 Highlands Citrus Grower Forum, Ag Center, Sebring
Sept 15 Highlands OJ Break Citrus Black Spot, Ag Center, Sebring
Sept 30 Citrus Management Strategies Workshop, Ag Center, Sebring
Nov. 10 Highlands OJ Break Cold Protection, Ag Center, Sebring
Dec. 7 Highlands RUP Training Workshop and Exams, Sebring
Dec 8 Highlands Citrus Grower Forum, Ag Center, Sebring
2011
Jan. 10-14 International Research Conference on HLB, Orlando
Jan. 19-20 Indian River Citrus Seminar, Ft. Pierce




Citrus Management Strategies in a New Disease Era
Workshop,
Thursday September 30, 2010
8:30 a.m. to noon

B. J. Harris, Jr. Ag Center
Auditorium
Sebring, Florida


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Topics:
1. Citrus Black Spot Management Update
2. Asian Citrus Psyllid Management
3. Growing a Citrus Tree in the Greening Era
4. Foliar Feeding and SAR for Citrus Trees

This workshop will be presented at six locations. If you cannot make this workshop it will be held:
September 29th at the Lake County Extension Office, Tavares
October 5th at the Indian River REC, Ft. Pierce
October 7th at the SW Fla. REC, Immokalee
October 12th at the Turner Agri-Civic Center, Arcadia
October 14th at the Polk County Stuart Center, Bartow
Lunch will be provided
Pre-Registration is required to adequately plan for lunch.
Please call registration to (863) 402-6540 to Katie or email katieduncan@ufl.edu




Packinghouse Day and Indian River Postharvest Workshop

Packinghouse Day August 26th, CREC, Lake Alfred
Indian River Postharvest Workshop August 27th, IRREC Ft. Pierce

Topics this year in both will be related to Citrus Black Spot.
Attached is a flyer with more details.





Highlands County RUP Training Workshop and Exam
Tuesday December 7, 2010
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

B. J. Harris, Jr. Ag Center
Auditorium
Sebring, Florida

We are planning a day-long Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) Workshop on Tuesday Dec. 7th. RUP CEU's
will be available in the CORE category and Private Applicator, Ornamental & Turf, Ag Tree Crop, and Ag
Row Crop Categories. Subjects will also prepare non license holders to take both the CORE and
Category Exams at the end of the day.
More information will be coming to you later.









Florida Citrus Statistics 2008 2009

The Florida Agricultural Statistics Service Publication containing data on citrus acres by county,
production by county and states, acres, and production by variety, etc. for 2008-2009 has been printed. I
have copies available and if you would like a copy(s) you can pick one up at the Ag Center, or contact me
at 402-6540 or email plowboy@ufl.edu and I'll send you one.
It is a good resource of data about the Highlands County and Florida Citrus Industries.




Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF)
Announces a new Web Site

The Citrus Research and Development Foundation which is charged with overseeing Citrus Research in
Florida utilizing grower dollars and other funding sources has developed a new comprehensive Web Site.
The web site address is www.citrusrdf.orq .
The site is designed to keep citrus industry stakeholders informed with updates about citrus research
being funded by the foundation on citrus greening, citrus canker, and other exotic diseases.
Included on the site are quarterly report updates issued by research faculty on their research. Each report
is a thumbnail on the status of the research including new information leading toward their ultimate
findings.
I would recommend you keep this web address in your "Favorites" on your computer and refer to it from
time to time so you can stay informed.




Good Agricultural Practices requirements for citrus
are being drafted.

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking the citrus industry to develop a set of "Good
Agricultural Practices" (GAPS) related to pre-harvest production of citrus to reduce the possibility of
contamination of citrus fruit. Public Food Safety concerns have occurred in recent years as a result of
illnesses caused by the consumption of contaminated fruit and vegetables. GAPS are production
practices that can help insure that those who consume our products will do so safely and without the
potential of illness. For citrus this is somewhat easier since the fruit is either peeled or juiced and
pasteurized before it is consumed.
Many of us recall the issue with tomatoes and salmonella last year. Even though the purposed
contamination of tomatoes in south Florida was not confirmed it severely damaged the possibility of
marketing tomatoes that season. The economic impact was devastating. Having had a GAPS Program,
the source of contamination (if there was one) could have been readily pinpointed and non affected
growers could have continued to harvest and marketed their crop.








Presently a statewide grower committee is drafting a proposed GAPS Program for Florida. The
committee is made up of growers from each of the state and local grower organizations.
I have posted on my county web page, http://hiqhlands.ifas.ufl.edulaq citrus.shtml a draft of the
proposed GAPS document and some frequently asked questions. I would encourage you to take a little
time and review it and stay informed as to the progress of this new requirement for our growing citrus. I
will update these items as the future revisions are made.
You can give input by contacting your local grower organization.


New Web Sites for Disease Management


Citrus Annual Conference Educational Presentations


Some HLB nutrient management information to accompany the HLB Guidance document has
been put on the CREC website. You can find it at this link
http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edulextension/qreeninq/NutritionalManaqement.htm
To navigate to it without the link click on Extension from the CREC homepage,
www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu, then Citrus Greening, then Management, then Nutritional Management.

Citrus Black Spot Web Site
The citrus black spot webpage is now available on the CREC website: www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu It is
located underneath the extension section or you may visit it directly at:
http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edulextension/black spot/citrus black spot.htm


RUP CEU's
in Trade Magazines and
on the Citrus Agents Web Site

If you are in need of CORE and Category CEU's to renew your RUP license you can get them from
articles recently published in two citrus trade magazines and on the Florida Citrus Agents Web Site.









The CEU articles in the Citrus Industry Magazine are in the September 2009, December 2009,
February 2010, and June 2010 magazines, and in the Florida Grower magazine November 2009 and
March 2010 issues.

On the Florida Citrus Agents Web Site there are five articles: three for CORE CEU's including: Safe
Storage and Transportation of Pesticides; Pesticide Mixing, Loading and Application; and Pesticides and
the Environment; and two for Private Applicator and Ag Tree Crop Categories; In The Weeds and All
About Airblast Spraying. The Web Site link is: http://citrusaqents.ifas.ufl.edulinfolCEU%20Testinq.htm

All you need to do is read the article, take the quiz that is included with the article, and mail the quiz to the
author who will grade it and send you your RUP Record of Attendance for CEU's completion form. On the
Florida Citrus Agents Web Site you can send your quiz in electronically and save the postage.

Even if your license renewal is not imminent, it would be good to complete four of the CORE quizzes and
get your CORE requirement for renewal completed. Usually CORE CEU's are the hardest to acquire
during the four years before you need to renew your license.

Don't procrastinate on getting your RUP renewal CEU's. It can lead to a lot of anxiety when your renewal
deadline has passed.




2010 Florida Citrus Growers Institute Presentations

The presentations from the 2010 Florida Citrus Grower Institute held in April at SFCC in Avon Park are
now available on the Florida Citrus Agents Web Site.

The link is: http://citrusaqents.ifas.ufl.edu/Citrus Aqents Home Paqe/Citrus Aqents Home.html

If you could not attend or if you wish to re-visit the presentation you can hear the presentation and see the
Power Point.


Tim Hurner,
Multi-County Citrus Extension Agent
Interim CED
Highlands County



4509 George Boulevard Sebring, FL 33870-5867
Tele: (863) 402-6540 Fax (863) 402-6544
Email: plowbov@ufl.edu *Web Site: http://highlands.ifas.ufl.edu



Highlands County Extension is a cooperating service of the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners and the University of
Florida. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (lFAS) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer
authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-
discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, sex, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin,
political opinions, or affiliations. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Services, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida
A. & M. University Cooperative Extension Programs, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.









Registration Form
REAP Conference
August 25, 2010

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Address

Business phone Cell Phone
email
Fax
There will be a $20 registrations fee paid at the door.




Vendor Registration Form
REAP Conference

August 25, 2010

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Each table is 8' long. How many tables will you need?
Please bring the supplies you will need, for example, table covers, electric cords, company
signs etc.
The hall will be made available to you for set-up from 7:30am to 8:30am


There will be a $30 registrations fee for vendors.




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