'Explosive Ember' Peppers Needed for Research!

Does anyone know of a producer growing 'Explosive Ember' ornamental peppers? Dr. Hugh Smith has a graduate student at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center trying to find some finished plants for a research project. If you do, please give Shawn a call 813-744-5519 x 54147


Methods and Tools to Increase Nursery Production Efficiencies

Nursery production is a continual process of changing for the better. Growers consistently hope to improve the performance and thereby the profitability of their operations. Here is video offering some food for thought in the area of nursery production efficiency. In this video you will get a picture of what some operations are doing to increase efficiency and move their operations towards a more sustainable footing. Here is the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTUYCyyStBo

It's Great to Know a Gator Extension Agent!

Here is an opportunity that you might like to take advantage of. If you are in agriculture (if you are reading this blog post you probably are) then take a look at this deal... The University Athletic Association, Inc. has partnered with RAM to offer the agriculture community as well as their family and friends, an opportunity to catch the Gator Football team in action Saturday, November 9th versus the Vanderbilt Commodores. Enjoy the Homecoming festivities at a special rate of $25 per ticket! To take advantage of this special offer go to: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/go.htmI?l=EN&t=gators&o=4282822&g=42 and type FARMER in the promo code box. Each customer will need to create a new account if they have not ordered through a Group Manager offer in the past in order to purchase. Customers will need an e-mail address to create a new account. Once you have placed your order you can print your tickets at home for free! No will call lines and no waiting for them to arrive in the mail! Please feel free to forward this offer to your friends and family; the offer is only good for a limited time, so act now to secure your seats in The Swamp! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Gator Ticket Office at 352-375-4683 ext. 6800; we hope to see you at the game!


New Factsheets from UF

There are a few publications that have been recently updated and published from UF/IFAS. You can find them on EDIS our Electronic Data Information Source. These two articles will help you in producing quality plants with minimal waste. The first one is from Dr. Tom Yeager, entitiled "Nursery Irrigation System Checklist" This publication will help with some basic irrigation checks that you can perform to help optimize water for your plants. Remember that proper irrigation saves money and reduces pathogens. Proper irrigation will also insure that you are not leaching fertilizer out of the root zone. Here is the link. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep469 The second publication is a factsheet from the recently retired Dr. Jim Price and GCREC biologist Curtis Nagle "Pesticide Options for Important Insect, Mite, and Mollusk Pests of Commercial Flowers in Florida." This one will help with selecting proper control solutions for your pest problems. Always remember to rotate chemicals. Here is the link. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ig162 You can find many more useful publications on EDIS just go to www.edis.ifas.ufl.edu