Central Florida Landscapes ENEWS

October 2016

In This Issue...
Landscape U - Introduction to Plant Problem Diagnostics
Growers: Important Information about WPS Train the Trainer New Requirements
On The Lookout on Zoysia: Tuttle Mealybug
New Nematicide: Nimitz Pro G (Fluensulfone)
Upcoming Events...
...Introduction to Plant Problem Diagnostics  

October 18, 2016
CEUs Available!
Get the dirt on PLANT PROBLEM DIAGNOSITICS in this first class of our Landscape U series. CEU's Available! To register, click here!
8:00 - 8:30 am - Registration
8:30 - 9:00 am - Hands-on Problem Identification with Samples
9:00 - 10:00 am - The 20 Steps to Diagnosing Problems
10:00 - 10:15 am - Break
10:15 - 11:15 am - The 20 Steps to Diagnosing Problems
11:15 am - 12:00 Noon - Hands-on Identification Review and a Case Study

CEUs - 3 Commercial L&O, Ltd. L&O, Ltd. Commercial Landscape Maintenance, O&T, Private Ag, Right of Way
Growers: Important Information about WPS Train the Trainer New Requirements

Are you aware that there are new Worker Protection Standards (WPS) requirements that must be implemented starting Jan. 2, 2017? If you are the trainer for your employees, there are many new things to be aware of and every trainer must be recertified. Register to become recertified or certified at the one of these upcoming opportunities: 

* October 5, 2016, at the Pierson Lion's Club, 143 West 1st Street,  Pierson, FL. Contact Karen Stauderman at kstauderman@ufl.edu  or 386-822-5778.
* November 16, 2016, at the UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County, Sanford, Fl.  Register here or contact Hannah Wooten at 407-665-5560.
On The Lookout on Zoysia: Tuttle Mealybug
Roi Levin - Environmental Pest Lawn Services, Inc.
The tuttle mealybug, Brevennia rehi, is a pest of many grass species and occurs nearly worldwide, especially where rice and sugarcane are grown. It was found in Orange County in 2011 and 2012 in association with damage to zoysiagrass. Recently, more infestations have been reported, so it is a pest to be aware of.
The tuttle mealybug is typically small (less than 2 mm) and pink.  It can be difficult to see because it hides between the grass blade and the stem. Generally, little is known about the biology of this pest. Infestation by tuttle mealybug should be considered whenever dieback is noticed, especially if the grass blades show white wax or are sticky from honeydew secretion.
Very little research has been conducted to determine the best strategies for managing tuttle mealybug in turfgrass. In general, mealybug control is challenging because the insects are difficult to reach with insecticides. They are hard to detect before they reach damaging populations, and their waxy excretions may protect them from control efforts. When populations reach high levels, it may take several weeks or months to reduce populations below damaging levels.
Although tuttle mealybug is primarily found near the base of the plant, collecting and discarding of grass clippings from infested lawns may help reduce the population. Mealybugs are most effectively controlled with thoroughly applied systemic insecticides. Neonicotinoid products are likely to be most effective because they are systemic and have longer residual activity. A newer systemic compound, cyantraniliprole, may be an effective option although it has not been tested against tuttle mealybug. Pyrethroids and carbamates are not systemic and may initially reduce the population but will not provide lasting control and may require multiple applications. Combination products that contain pyrethroids and neonicotinoids may provide initial contact toxicity as well as longer systemic control. Horticultural oils may also provide supplemental control if thoroughly applied to the treated area. Always follow label directions and restrictions when applying these products
More information about Tuttle Mealybug here.
Are you having trouble managing zoysia? Register to attend an Evidence-Based Zoysiagrass Management Workshop scheduled in Jacksonville on October 25 and Wildwood on October 26, 2016.  Registration and class information here
New Nematicide:
Nimitz Pro G (Fluensulfone) from QualiPro/Control Solutions
Now labeled for use on golf course, athletic field, sod farm, and lawn. Novel chemistry, new chemical class. Caution label, minimal PPE. Has systemic activity, so works on both ectoparasites (in soil) and endoparasites (in roots). Limited to 4 kg/ha/year (240 lb product/Acre/year). On established turf, Dr. Crow's best results have been with 4 monthly applications of 60 lb/A or 3 monthly applications of 80 lb/A. For sod farm rescue treatment, best results have been from a single application of 240 lb/A made 2 months before harvest. Limited residual activity. Research with improved formulations is ongoing.
Upcoming Events 
Check out our NEW & IMPROVED website, http://orange.ifas.ufl.edu/cflandscapes.
2016 Central Florida Pesticide Training & Testing Schedule -   Click here
First Thursday of every month at 8:30am - Commercial Pesticide Applicator License Testing at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County. 8:30am-12:30pm. Pre-registration required. Must bring a valid picture ID and voucher. 
Obtain a voucher and register at: http://pesticideexam.ifas.ufl.edu

October 6  - Review & Exams for Ornamental/Turf and Private Ag Applicator Pesticide Licenses at the UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County, Kissimmee. 8:00am-4:00pm. CEUs Available!
Registration: Click here
October 18, November 16, December 13, 2016 & February 21, March 21, April 21, 2017 - Landscape U - Diagnosing Problems at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, Orlando. 8:00am-12:00pm. Take one or take them all! CEUs Available!
Registration: Click here

October 20 - Mejores Prácticas de Manejo de las Industrias Verdes GI-BMP Programa de Certificación (Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) in SPANISH) at the UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County, Kissimmee. 8:00am-4:00pm. CEUs Available!
Registration: Click here

October 21 - Review & Exams Limited Certification Pesticide Applicator Licenses at UF/IFAS Extension Volusia County, Deland. 8:00am-4:00pm. CEUs Available!
Registration: 386-822-5778

October 25 - Evidence-Based Zoysiagrass Management Workshop at UF/IFAS Extension Duval County, Jacksonville. 9:00am-4:00pm.
Registration: Click here
October 26 - Evidence-Based Zoysiagrass Management Workshop at Wildwood Community Center, Wildwood. 9:00am-4:00pm.
Registration: Click here
November 10 - Review & Exams Limited Certification Pesticide Applicator Licenses at UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, Orlando. 8:00am-4:00pm. CEUs Available!
Registration: Click here
November 29 - Review & Exams for Aquatic/Right of Way/Natural Areas Pesticide Applicator Licenses at UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, Orlando. 8:00am-4:00pm. CEUs Available!
Registration: Click here

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Celeste White
Commercial Landscape Management
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