Tropical fruit and citrus growers are helped by
the agent in areas of production and marketing, and are advised and helped in
the evaluation of grove sites, tropical fruit types best adapted to the area,
and pros and cons in the decision making process involved in growing tropical
and/or citrus fruits.
Program Title: Tropical Fruit Culture and Management
Program purpose: The purpose of this program is to provide
horticultural and agricultural education to commercial and sometimes backyard
tropical and subtropical fruit growers of Miami-Dade, Broward, Collier, Lee and
sometimes other South Florida counties. Topics of this program include improved
cultural practices; new tropical fruit crop species or cultivars, irrigation,
spacing, pruning and decreased taxation through land use and conservation and
others economic stability. Sustainability of the tropical fruit industry as
affected by regulations, crop insurance, internal and foreign competition,
marketing and other factors must be considered. Another very important purpose
is to provide unbiased scientific information to the clientele or agencies.
Program Title: IPM Tropical Fruits and Safety
Program purpose: To familiarize growers with pests, diseases
that attack tropical fruits; to teach them how to identify them and control them
using biological, cultural practices and chemicals, if needed, that will give
proper control without harm to the environment. Growers, importers will not be
tempted to introduce plant materials illegally if they know the pest and its
potential damage. Continue cooperation between growers, industry and IFAS
faculty to satisfy research needs and pesticide registration. To increase farm
worker/management knowledge about safety in the workplace.
PEST WARNING FOR
White mango scale, Aulacaspis
is a new pest recently discovered in
Miami-Dade, Horse Country Area. White mango scale is a serious pest
of over 8 families of tropical fruit trees species, it is important for
everyone to learn more about it.
Click the link below for more information.
White Mango Scale" FDACS Pest Alert
Tropical Fruit Calendar of Events
State, National & International
Papaya Ringspot Resistance Update and Field Day
Tropical Research and Education Center
18905 S.W. 280 St. Homestead, FL
Conference Room and Block 8 Papaya Field
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cool Season Weather Update
J. Campbell Agric.
Extension Bldg.18710 SW 288 Street
Homestead, FL 33030
9:00 am - 12:00 pm