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ET-Based Irrigation Scheduling for Papaya (Carica papaya) in Florida

Fruiting papaya trees at the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, FL. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright.

Three irrigation scheduling methods (set schedule, ET-based, and tensiometer-based) were tested for papaya production in south Florida. ET-based irrigation scheduling was found to conserve water effectively. This 6-page document primarily focuses on the ET-based irrigation scheduling techniques for papaya under Florida conditions. Written by Haimanote K. Bayabil, Jonathan H. Crane, Kati W. Migliaccio, Yuncong Li, and Fredy Ballen, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, March 2020.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ae540

Preguntas frecuentes del COVID-19 para los bancos de alimentos consejos a poner en practica

COVID19 virus

¿Cuáles son los pasos que deben implementar?
¿Qué debe comunicarse a los clientes?
¿Cuál es el protocolo en el caso de que un empleado o cliente se diagnostice con COVID-19 o piense que lo tiene?

This is the Spanish-language version of FSHN20-6/FS329: COVID-19 FAQ for Food Banks: Best Practices and Communication. Written by Natalie Seymour, Mary Yavelak, Candice Christian, and Ben Chapman (NC State University Extension), translated by Jenny Aviles Rodriguez, and published by the UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs352

COVID-19 Preventative Measures: Cleaning and Disinfecting Reusable Bags

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Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours or days on a variety of surfaces. Cleaning followed by disinfection is recommended by the CDC as a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings. This new flyer, published by the UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition Department and written by Natalie Seymour, Mary Yavelak, Candice Christian, and Ben Chapman (NC State University Extension), provides information on safe cleaning and disinfection of reusable bags.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs354

Sources and Transformations of Nitrogen in Urban Landscapes

An urban stormwater pond in Gainesville, FL.

With 80% of Florida’s residents living within 10 miles of the coast, Florida’s aquatic resources are directly affected by urbanization. The intent of this new 6-page publication of the UF/IFAS Department of Soil and Water Sciences is to describe the urban nitrogen cycle for a nontechnical audience. Ultimately, this document is intended for individuals working in urban environments and concerned about nutrient pollution and water quality issues, but do not have a technical background and want to improve their understanding of nitrogen cycling. Written by Alexander J. Reisinger, Mary G. Lusk, and Ashley R. Smyth.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ss681

Cost of Producing Processed Oranges in Southwest Florida in 2018/19

Orange grove.

This 4-page fact sheet written by Ariel Singerman and published by the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department estimates the cost of production per acre for processed oranges grown in southwest Florida in 2018/19 based on a survey of southwest Florida growers.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe1077

How Effective and Humane Is Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) for Feral Cats?

two feral cats in a parking lot.


As the number of feral cats continues to increase, land managers, public health officials, and private citizens are voicing concerns about how to address the nuisance and public health impacts, as well as animal welfare concerns, that feral cats create. Trap-neuter-release programs aimed at reducing feral cat populations without euthanasia are gaining popularity in the United States. But do they work? Authors Mark Hostetler, Samantha M. Wisely, Steve Johnson, Elizabeth F. Pienaar, and Martin Main discuss the pros and cons of trap-neuter-release programs in this 8-page fact sheet published by the UF/IFAS Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw468

Common Strawberry Diseases in Florida

Freshly harvested strawberries. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones

This new two-page publication of the UF/IFAS Plant Pathology Department describes symptoms of most common strawberry diseases in Florida and summarizes the efficacy of fungicides labeled for management of such diseases. Written by Michelle S. Oliveira and Natalia A. Peres.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pp354

Fish Population Recruitment: What Recruitment Means and Why It Matters

Florida bass guarding fry
Recruitment, the process by which small fish transition to older, larger life stages, is probably the most important process that regulates populations of fish, but it is complicated to understand. This 6-page fact sheet written by Edward V. Camp, Robert N. M. Ahrens, Angela B. Collins, and Kai Lorenzen and published by the UF/IFAS Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, School of Forest Resources and Conservation explains the recruitment process in fish populations and why recruitment is so important to fisheries science and management.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fa222

Brown Dog Tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus Latreille (Arachnida: Acari: Ixodidae)

Unengorged brown dog tick, James Newman, UF/IFAS

The brown dog tick is unusual among ticks in that it can complete its entire life cycle indoors as well as outdoors. Brown dog tick infestations can develop in dog kennels and residences, where populations can reach dramatic levels and cause dog diseases. This 6-page fact sheet written by and published by the UF/IFAS provides the distribution, description and identification, life cycle, and management of the brown dog tick as well as its hosts and the medical and veterinary significance of this troublesome pest.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in378

Is Coronavirus an Issue in Produce Production?

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CDC, FDA and USDA have no reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest coronavirus can be transmitted by food or food packaging. Research on similar viruses, such as SARS and influenza, show risk of transmission from food is very low. While information on if or how long virus persists on surfaces is minimal, risk of foodborne transmission is low and should not be of concern. This flyer, written by Natalie Seymour, Mary Yavelak, Candice Christian, and Ben Chapman (NC State University Extension), provides answers to some frequently asked questions about coronavirus and produce production. Published by the UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs351

Is Coronavirus a Concern on Fresh Produce?

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CDC, FDA and USDA are not aware of any reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest
coronavirus can be transmitted by food or food packaging. However, it is always important to
follow good hygiene practices (i.e., wash hands and surfaces often, separate raw meat from other
foods, cook to the right temperature, and refrigerate foods promptly) when handling or preparing foods. This flyer, written by Natalie Seymour, Mary Yavelak, Candice Christian, and Ben Chapman (NC State University Extension), provides answers to some frequently asked questions about coronavirus and fresh produce. Published by the UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs350

Pi bon fason pou granmoun (kap pran swen lot moun) lave men yo

Elderly person receiving assistance from a caregiver with everyday tasks. UF/IFAS Photo by Marisol Amador.

Lave men enpòtan pou redwi transfè jèm mikwòb ki soti nan matyè fekal oswa poupou pou ale nan bouch, ki ka lakoz maladi. Timoun piti ak granmoun aje yo gen mwens kapasite pou yo konbat jèm mikwòb pase lòt kategori moun. Kòm moun kap pran swen moun ou ka ede diminye risk maladi ki ka pwopaje nan anviwònman ki gen anpil moun lè w swiv bon jan metòd pou lave men w. This is the Haitian Creole version of FCS8782, Proper Hand Washing for Caregivers. Written by Amy Simonne, translated and reviewed by Emmanuel Jean Claude Duvalsaint and Nicole Monval, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, March 2020.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy1490

Pi bon fason pou timoun piti (ki gen laj pou ale lekol) lave men yo

Active preschool children playing on a playground. Photo taken on 12-01-16.

Jèm yo ka kache anba zong ki long ak nan men ki sal. Kenbe zong ou kout epi lave men w souvan, se aksyon ki pi enpòtan ou ka poze pou anpeche jèm mikwòb fè w tonbe malad. Jèm ki bay maladi tankou larim, grip, dyare, ak vomisman ka vinn nan men w lè w manyen objè ki nan alantou w. Moun, animal domestik, manje kri, jwèt, tè, ak tout objè nou itilize plizyè fwa pa jou, yo tout ka gen jèm mikwòb sou yo. Lè w lave men w byen li ede retire jèm mikwòb nan men w. This is the Haitian Creole version of FCS8783, Proper Hand Washing for School Children. Written by Amy Simonne, translated and reviewed by Emmanuel Jean Claude Duvalsaint and Nicole Monval, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, March 2020.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy1491

Termite Prevention and Control

A modest Florida ranch house with dogwoods, oak trees, and a largec cycad in the yard. House is completely covered by a green and orange striped tent with a warning signed pinned near the front walkway indicating fumigation..

This 16-page guide written by F. M. Oi, J. Davis, J. McConnell, J. Corbus, N. Nelson, and M. Atkinson and published by the UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology Department is intended to help homeowners make informed choices about the best termite protection for their homes.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in1277

COVID-19 and Food Safety FAQ: Is Coronavirus a Concern with Takeout?

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These flyers, written by Natalie Seymour, Mary Yavelak, Candice Christian, and Ben Chapman (NC State University Extension), provide quick, digestible information regarding prevention of COVID-19 and procedures for food service, grocery stores, and other food-related businesses. This flyer in particular provides guidance regarding takeout and COVID-19. Published by the UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs349

COVID-19 and Food Safety FAQ: Is Coronavirus a Concern at Grocery Stores?

COVID19 virus

These flyers, written by Natalie Seymour, Mary Yavelak, Candice Christian, and Ben Chapman (NC State University Extension), provide quick, digestible information regarding prevention of COVID-19 and procedures for food service, grocery stores, and other food-related businesses. This flyer in particular provides guidance regarding food safety at grocery stores. Published by the UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs348

Navigating the Unprecedented: Working Remotely Unexpectedly

Contract with office equipment. Image by TheDigitalWay from Pixabay

Working from an alternative location can be a daunting adjustment. Ensuring personal well-being and productivity through unexpected times takes a proactive partnership between employers and employees. This new 3-page publication of the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication provides some best practices for personal well-being and productivity while working remotely. Written by Megan Stein and Matthew Sowcik.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc355

Navigating the Unprecedented: Leading Remotely Unexpectedly

Contract with office equipment. Image by TheDigitalWay from Pixabay

Leaders tend to have a set of assumptions or ideas about how to do their job. As the world moves quickly to social distancing and remote work, leaders rely on their assumptions to navigate this new landscape. Different frames of reference can act as a road map allowing leaders to take the first steps into the unknown. This new 4-page article utilizes these Bolman and Deal’s four frames addressing different aspects of leadership to provide best practices for leading in a remote work environment. Written by Matthew Sowcik and Megan Stein, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc354

Insect Bite Hypersensitivity in Horses

Allergic skin disease is a very common cause of itching in horses. The itching can severely affect the horse?s quality of life, leading to the horse wounding itself by biting or scratching, and it can reduce the utility of the horse. This 4-page fact sheet written by Rosanna Marsella, Nicky Craig, Carissa Wickens, and Samantha Brooks and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences explains how to manage allergic skin disease, control itching, treat secondary infections, and prevent the insect bites in the first place.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/an359

Calendar for Southern Highbush Blueberry Management in Florida

FL06-556 blueberry variety. UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones.

Southern highbush blueberries (SHB) are commercially grown throughout Florida in both deciduous and evergreen systems. This calendar addresses general management requirements on a monthly basis for conventional (nonorganic) systems and should be used in coordination with other UF/IFAS EDIS publications. This new 7-page article, published by the UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department, was written by Douglas A. Phillips, Jeffrey G. Williamson, Philip F. Harmon, Oscar E. Liburd, and Peter J. Dittmar.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1363

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