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University of Florida study helps farmers find best fields for sweet potatoes

Wireworms won’t dampen the spirits of Florida’s sweet potato growers, thanks to ongoing research by scientists at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences.

Wireworms took center stage in Florida after some major sweet potato growers converted fields previously dedicated to grain crops to the sweet potato crop. Some acreage was initiated by a farm that had actually relocated to Florida after leaving California because of prolonged drought, hopeful to take advantage of Florida’s warm weather, abundant water resources and sandy soil. Continue reading

Hands on workshops let ornamental growers practice IPM that is preached

Some hands-on workshops in June 2014 gave nursery growers a “feel” for practicing IPM.

Traditionally IPM education for the nursery industry has consisted of research talks at winter trade shows with little to no interaction between the speakers and growers. Extension agents have presented IPM trainings through webinars, making learning more convenient to growers, but growers still don’t get an opportunity to practice the tactics as they are being taught. With a zero pest tolerance level, many growers often choose to treat their crop before knowing whether a pest or disease is present, and continue treating on a schedule. They are hesitant to take a chance on a new method that might not have the same result.

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