1 Highlands Citrus E Talk 4509 George Boulevard, Sebring Florida 33875 (863) 402 7150 The Highlands County Citrus Extension Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 7 August 1, 2011 C I t r u s E x p o Attached to this newsletter is a copy of the program for the 20 th Anniversary Citrus Expo which will be held at the Lee Civic center August 17 & 18, 2011. For more information on the Citrus Expo and how to register go to www.CitrusExpo.net Central Highlands County 17/27 CHMA The late summer coordinated spray for our area will be during the time frame of late August to late September. Dr. Rogers has recommended a Pyrethroid for this application. The options Dr. Rogers has listed on the CHMA site are Danitol 2.4EC or Mustang. Plan to make arrangements f or this application. Dr. Rogers said that it is very important to have these sprays out in a two week window or we will fail in our effort to control Psyllids in a wide area. John Gose Team Leader for the Central Highlands County 17/27 CHMA will send out the notice for timing the spray during the two week in early August. The next scheduled application will be in the November to December 2011 time frame. For growers that may be interested the followings services they can contact: Florida Grove Foggers ULV application 863 699 9850 or 863 441 1164 Ag Flying Service 334 898 7772 Sunniland Aircraft 863 467 7777 Lake Placid Caretakers 863 465 2821 or 863 441 5088 Psyllid inspection service PDM S couting 863 257 3506 Malco l m Williams Vector Disease Control International 318 372 4073 For more information on the CHMA Program, coordinated sprays, recommended spray materials, and psyllid management tools go to the CHAM Web Site http://www.flchma.org/ John Gose
2 BMP Compliance and Numeric Nutrient Criteria I have attached a letter from Adam Putnam, Commissioner of Agriculture, and Herschel Vinyard, Secretary, FDEP, regarding the FDAC S B est Management Practices (BMP) program. (NOI) for compliance with the Citrus BMP for the area your groves are in, and are applying the BMP to your production practices, keeping the necessary records. Two issues are currently rising that we should be aware of. 1. in Florida. This means that either there are those w/o an NOI for all of their citrus acres, or there for any of their acres of citrus It is imperative that we reach at or near 100%. Those who monitor this program who feel that this program is not what they want to see and do not see the progra as evidence that the program is not working. They want to put more burdens on 2. The EPA is in the process of developing a Numeric Nutrient Criteria which includes arbitrary and capricious nutrient loading values that are not attainable. This process has been slowed, but moving ahead nonetheless. The best defense against this new regulatory plan to manage nutrients in grou nd science that establishes values that protect the ground and surface water without reducing th e ability to produce a profitable crop. The first Citrus BMP was developed based on a ten year study i n citrus groves in Highlands County It gave us our current fertilizer recommendations for citrus in Highlands Co unty If you would like to update your Citrus BMP grove information sign a NOI or have questions answered, you should contact Mark Mealo with FDE in Apopka. His contact information is as follows: Mark Mealo Environmental Specialist III 2725 S Binion Rd. Apopka, FL 32703 Office: 407 884 2034 x135 Mark.Mealo@FreshFromFlorida.com ALL OF YOUR GROVES. It is our best way t o deal with the Numeric Nutrient issue today.
3 Prescribed Fire Training A course in Prescribed Fire Training is being offered to train experienced individuals in public and private agencies and organizations that are charged with the responsibility of performing Prescribed Fire as a production tool. For Highlands County the course will be held September 21 23 at the Bassinger Community Center on Highway 98 north of Okeechobee. Attached is an informational flier and r egistration Information Regi stration should be made by August 21. Tangerine and Tangerine Hybrid Disease Research Dr. Dewdney, Plant P athologist from the CREC, Lake Alfred has a graduate student who is doing a state wide survey of tangerine and tangerine hybrid groves for fungicide resistance. Then end result will be a project to address the resistance issues and provide better materials for control of citrus disease pests in fresh fruit varieties. I f you have a tangerine or tangerine hybrid block that this student can visit and collect data, please let me know by return email or telephone 402 7150. Annual Newsletter Survey Each year I am required to evaluate my programs for effectiveness and to det ermine areas for improvement. I would like to ask you to take five minutes and fill out a questionnaire evaluating All you have to do is click on the following link and answer the questions: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7LSV5MW Exit this survey Thank You. Tim Hurner, Multi County Citrus Extension Agent Highlands County 4509 5867 Tele: (863) 402 7150 6544 Email: email@example.com 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 (IFAS) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action Employe r 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, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture; Florida Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS; Florida A. & M. University Cooperative Extension Program; and the Highlands County Board of Count y Commissioners Cooperating.
4 A special THANK YOU to all of the Highlands Extension Citrus Program sponsors for their monetary support. If you would like to be among them please contact Tim Hurner at (863) 402 7150 or firstname.lastname@example.org FARM CREDIT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA 330 N. Brevard Ave. Arcadia, FL 34266 Phone: 800 307 5677 Fax: 863 494 6460 Kahn Citrus Management, LLC 863 385 6136 Highlands County Citrus Extension Program Sponsors 2010 1011
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