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An Overview of the Grapefruit Market in the U.S.

Global grapefruit production has been increasing steadily in the recent decade, reaching a historical record of 6.8 million metric tons in 2018/2019. This publication discusses grapefruit consumption as well as a grapefruit consumer survey in the United States. Written by Lijun (Angelia) Chen and Lisa House, and published by the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department, May 2021. READ MORE

Uso de Iluminación Suplementaria para Controlar la Floración de Lúpulos en Florida

El lúpulo (Humulus lupulus L.) es uno de los cultivos emergentes en Florida. En Florida, el principal factor que limita el rendimiento es la floración prematura inducida por las insuficientes las horas de luz diarias. Este artículo proporciona recomendaciones para el uso de iluminación suplementaria en el control de floración del lúpulo en Florida. This new 5-page publication of the Horticultural Sciences Department is a translation of HS1365. READ MORE

UF/IFAS Strawberries beyond the USA: A Success Story from Egypt

Currently, Florida strawberry varieties are grown in over 70 countries spread across six continents. The main objective of this Extension publication is to communicate the benefits of licensing UF/IFAS strawberries outside of the USA, with a special focus on Egypt. The target audience of this new 6-page publication of the UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department includes those involved in the strawberry industry as well as the general public. Written by Fahiem EL-Borai and Vance M. Whitaker. READ MORE

Using Low-Volatility Dicamba in Dicamba-Tolerant Crops

In December 2020, the herbicide labels for three products containing newer dicamba formulations (XtendiMax, Engenia, and Tavium) were updated. This publication is relevant to the growers and pesticide applicators who are applying newer, low-volatility formulations of dicamba herbicide products in DT crops. Written by P. Devkota and J. A. Ferrell, and published by the UF/IFAS Agronomy Department, revised March 2021. READ MORE

Estimating Cotton Yield

Preharvest estimation of cotton yield can help growers to determine their return on investment, assess weather-related damages, and adjust crop management. This publication outlines the steps to calculate a reliable estimate of cotton yield. Written by Michael J. Mulvaney, Emma Brooks, Pratap Devkota, Ethan Carter, De Broughton, Mark Mauldin, Joseph Iboyi, Mahesh Bashyal, David Wright, and Ian Small, and published by the UF/IFAS Agronomy Department, March 2021. READ MORE

What is stock assessment?

Whether you’re an angler, diver, conservationist, or just interested in fisheries, you’ve likely heard the term “stock assessment” before. What are stock assessments? How do they work? How do they inform management decisions? This publication provides information to the public and people serving in natural resource management agencies and working in outreach and Extension to show how fisheries management decisions are made. READ MORE

Chevroned Water Hyacinth Weevil Neochetina bruchi Hustache (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionidae)

Neochetina bruchi Hustache is commonly referred to as the chevroned water hyacinth weevil and is a weed biological control agent used to control water hyacinth in more than 30 countries. READ MORE

Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter, Homalodisca vitripennis (=coagulata) (Germar) (Insecta: Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Cicadellinae)

The glassy-winged sharpshooter is a large leafhopper species native to the southeastern United States. It is one of the main vectors of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, a plant pathogen that causes a variety of plant diseases, including phony peach disease of peach and Pierce's disease of grape. READ MORE

A Bombardier Beetle Pheropsophus aequinoctialis (L.) (Insecta: Coleoptera: Carabidae)

Pheropsophus aequinoctialis (L.) is a carabid beetle in the tribe Brachinini that is native to parts of South and Central America. Ground beetles of this tribe are commonly referred to as bombardier beetles due to their ability to produce a powerful and hot defensive chemical spray directed at would-be predators. READ MORE

Setting Transparent Expectations for Successful Group Work

Regardless of workspace or class setting, group work has gotten a reputation for being less than pleasant. However, when individuals have the opportunity to prepare for group work via understanding their personal strengths, expectations, and perspectives, the not-so-popular group work can often turn into pleasant, productive, and collaborative engagement. READ MORE

Black Dwarf Honey Bee Apis andreniformis Smith, 1858 (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae)

The black dwarf honey bee is a small dark honey bee found in Southeast Asia. It is one of two honey bee species in the subgenus Micrapis, which includes its sister, the red dwarf honey bee, Apis florea. These are thought to be the most primitive honey bee species, demonstrated by their small colonies and open-nest construction. READ MORE

Large African Hive Beetle Oplostomus fuligineus (Olivier) (Insecta: Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)

Oplostomus fuligineus (Olivier), often referred to as the large African hive beetle, is a common pest of honey bee colonies in sub-Saharan Africa and poses a possible risk to US colonies if it were to invade. READ MORE

Regulations Governing the Usage of Reclaimed Water as an Alternative Water Source for Agricultural Irrigation in Florida

Freshwater is becoming increasingly scarce as the global population grows rapidly. Given the severe threat that water scarcity poses to food security and the economy, reclaimed water from alternative sources can be used to help offset the demand for freshwater in agriculture and other sectors. READ MORE

The Other Side of the Story: Greenhouse and Nursery Producers’ Perceptions about Neonicotinoid Insecticides and Pollinator Friendly Labeling

This article summarizes producers’ perceptions about neonicotinoid insecticide labeling required for ornamental plants, as well as the potential changes in production practices due to the new labeling policy requirement. READ MORE

Artificial Reefs and People: How We Create Them and How They Affect Us

Artificial reefs are constructed to provide several important ecosystem services to coastal communities and fisheries around the world, and their deployment results in significant socio-ecological and economic effects. READ MORE

Cherry Shrimp Neocaridina davidi (Bouvier 1904) (Crustacea: Decopoda: Atyidae)

Neocaridina davidi is a species of freshwater ornamental shrimp that belongs to the Atyidae family. Wild-type shrimp are generally transparent or greenish-brown; however, generations of selective breeding have produced a variety of colors and patterns READ MORE

West Indian Drywood Termite Cryptotermes brevis (Walker) (Insecta: Isoptera: Kalotermitidae)

Cryptotermes brevis is known to colonize moisture-protected wood in service, including houses, boats, furniture, etc. Their propensity to infest wooden articles, along with their relatively low moisture needs, have resulted in the ease of transport and eventual introduction of these termites via anthropogenic means. READ MORE

Insect Management for Legumes (Beans, Peas)

Many different insects attack leguminous vegetables. Aphids damage terminals, whiteflies feed on sap and transmit bean golden mosaic virus, and caterpillars, like bean leafroller, and beetles feed on leaves. Flower thrips feed in blossoms and stink bugs, corn earworm, and leaffooted bugs damage seeds and pods. READ MORE

Florida Peaches: A Perfect Snack

In 1952, a stone fruit breeding program started at the University of Florida with a goal of breeding trees that would produce peaches and nectarines to grow in Florida. READ MORE

Zebra Swallowtail Protographium marcellus (Cramer) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Papilionidae)

The zebra swallowtail is our only native US kite swallowtail. It is one of our most beautiful swallowtails. READ MORE

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