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The battle for your lawn and garden

NOW THAT WE’RE well into July, here are some tips you can arm yourself with for your lawn and garden. This month is the time for summer fertilization of your

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2015-16 Citrus Forecast: Experts take a look down the path of this year’s harvest season

JUST AS CITRUS GROWERS have done for many years, area industry folks gathered together to listen to the estimates for the upcoming harvest via the USDA Citrus Crop Forecast.

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Taking a teamwork approach to science

UF/IFAS rebuilding research ranks with new funding POLK, HILLSBOROUGH and surrounding Florida farmers and natural resource managers are about to reap a huge brain gain. In its recently passed budget,

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Orchard update: A growing alternative crop in the Sunshine State

MOTHER NATURE may hand Central Florida fruit growers plenty of problems and obstacles, but they are a tenacious group — difficult to discourage and impossible to stop.

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Victory over weeds, pests and more

July has arrived and the battle to keep your lawn and garden looking victorious has commenced. Here are some tips you can arm yourself with. Now is the time for

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Observing a major pest for cattle producers — the gallinipper

In the photo: Entomologist Phil Kaufman shows the size difference between the invasive Asian tiger mosquito, right, and the native species Psorophora ciliata, sometimes called the gallinipper. It hasn’t really

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AgriEdu: A Championship Team Set Apart

Taking Top Honors at the State FFA Citrus Career Development Event Florida leads the country in citrus, producing 63 percent of the total United States production alone. Leading the state

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PCFB: President’s Column (December 2012)

Over the past year, the Polk County Farm Bureau (PCFB) and its members have worked to continue to develop and promote partnerships that will not only support our industry, but

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The Use of Windbreaks on the Farm

There is no controlling the weather, but in today’s Florida agricultural landscape, farmers and growers are actively testing ways to have power over what they can. We use the latest

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How the past warmer winter is affecting us now

THE MILD WINTER was good for some, yet not so good for others. Warmer temperatures and fewer freezes usually can be a good thing. In some agricultural fields, however, this