Tag Archive: Tropical

Time to Cut Back Tropical Milkweed

Monarch butterflies. Photo credit: Pia-Riitta Klein. We have grown to love monarch butterflies, with their striking orange and black markings and their fascinating annual migration from southern Canada 3,000 miles south to Mexico. To help them, we have increasingly planted milkweed, the only plant on which their caterpillars will feed. In northwest Florida, the milkweed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jefferson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/12/14/time-to-cut-back-tropical-milkweed/

Weed of the Week: Tropical Soda Apple

This week’s featured weed is tropical soda apple, a serious weed problem in many pastures and natural areas of Florida.  This invasive weed is very prolific and can infest a pasture in a very short time.  Its fruit are toxic to goats, and the unpalatable thorny leaves results in reduced forage production and lower stocking …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jefferson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/29/weed-of-the-week-tropical-soda-apple/

NISAW 2016 – Tropical Soda Apple

Immature TSA fruit are resemble tiny watermelons. Mature fruit turn yellow and contain 40-50 seeds each. Photo credit: UF Hayslip Biological Control Researchand Containment Laboratory Florida ranchers know Tropical Soda Apple (TSA) as the “Plant from Hell”. It was first noticed in south Florida, but its seeds survive in the digestive tract of animals and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jefferson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/25/nisaw-2016-tropical-soda-apple/

Prepare Now to Protect Delicate Shrubs and Tropical Plants

North Florida’s gardeners are facing a new set of challenges dealing with the effects of cold weather. However, a little planning and creativity can make plant protection in the landscape a relatively simple process. Covering plants to protect from frost. UF/IFAS Photo: Sally Lanigan. Many homeowners and landscape managers want to know when plants will …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jefferson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/20/prepare-now-to-protect-delicate-shrubs-and-tropical-plants/

Tropical Soda Apple – Not Just a Pasture Weed

Tropical Soda Apple in Mature Pine Stand in Gadsden County Photo Credit: Shep Eubanks Every fall, about the time deer hunters begin hanging their tree stands for bow season I get calls wanting to know what this wicked weed is that is growing in the woods.  Many of our North Florida cattlemen are well familiar …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jefferson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/16/tropical-soda-apple-not-just-a-pasture-weed/

The Mosquito-Borne Tropical Disease Chikungunya Makes Its First Appearance in North Florida

Tiger mosquitos are distinctive with their black and white coloration, and bite during the day. Photograph by: J. L. Castner, University of Florida The first occurrence of the mosquito-borne tropical disease chikungunya has occurred in north Florida. Two cases have been reported, in Leon County, from residents who recently visited Haiti. This virus originated in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jefferson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/06/21/the-mosquito-borne-tropical-disease-chikungunya-makes-its-first-appearance-in-north-florida/

Invasive Species of the Day (March 8th): Tropical Soda Apple & Alligator Weed

            March 8th: Tropical Soda Apple (Solanum viarum) & Alligator Weed (Alternanthera philoxeroide) Tropical Soda Apple Photo Credit: Jeffrey Mullahey, UF, Bugwood.org Tropical Soda Apple: Florida ranchers know Tropical Soda Apple (TSA) as the “Plant from Hell”. The plant is a native of South America. It was first noticed in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jefferson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/08/invasive-species-of-the-day-march-8th-tropical-soda-apple-alligator-weed/

Cotton Harvest Begins as Tropical Storm Approaches

Harvest has begun in a few early planted fields around Northwest Florida this week. Additionally, some defoliant applications were made as well. Tropical Storm “Karen” is projected to be felt in the Florida Panhandle sometime this Sunday. The imminent rain and winds from “Karen” could be bad news for cotton farmers. Dr. David Wright, University …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jefferson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/10/05/cotton-harvest-begins-as-tropical-storm-approaches/

Tropical Storm Karen, Be Aware, Be Prepared!

Where to, Karen? According to the latest National Weather Service update at 2pm EDT, Tropical Storm Karen was located about 240 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River moving north northwest at 9 miles per hour. By the time you read this, the location and direction will have changed. More importantly, a tropical …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jefferson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/10/05/tropical-storm-karen-be-aware-be-prepared/

Peanut Digging Decisions with Tropical Storm Karen Threatening

Seminole County GA peanuts being dug this week. Source: Rome Ethredge Rome Ethredge, Seminole County GA County Extension Coordinator Seminole Crop News Should peanut fields that have reached optimal maturity be dug or left in the ground, with Tropical Storm Karen threatening this weekend? According to Dr. John Beasley, UGA Extension Peanut Specialist, there are …

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