2014 Field Day Seminars


Thursday, April 24 | 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Mission Inn Resort, Howey-in-the-Hills
$25 per person | Registration Required


An Overview of Agricultural Water Supply Planning and Cost-Share Programs

Coordinated by the FDACS Office of Agricultural Water Policy

As Florida’s economy shows signs of recovery, water supply and water quality issues are once again at the forefront of legislative and local discussions, with turf producers poised to be impacted from both the agricultural and end-market perspective. This panel discussion will include representatives from the FDACS Office of Ag Water Policy as well as the state’s major water management districts to provide an overview of the goals and objectives for managing water resources, including impacts to agricultural supply and permitting. Following the panel, representatives from the FDACS and the district levels will share what cost-share programs are available to producers to update irrigations systems, improve efficiency, and prepare your operation for regulatory compliance.

Responsibly Addressing Water Quality from a Turf Perspective

Mike Shelton, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Scotts Miracle-Gro

Earlier this year, Scotts Miracle-Gro publicly launched a campaign to wade into Florida’s water quality issues. This has led to new partnerships, unlikely allies, and positive response from key stakeholders across the state for Scotts and the turf industry. Mike Shelton will explore key components of the program, factors that led to its development, and the feedback that it is generating.

Nematodes in Zoysiagrasses | Update on Soil Fumigants

Dr. Bryan Unruh, UF/IFAS West Florida Research & Education Center and Dr. Billy Crow, UF/IFAS, Department of Nematology

Nematodes have always presented a unique challenge to Florida growers and turf managers. As zoysiagrasses become more common in all turf applications, it’s important to understand how to manage them effectively. Dr. Billy Crow will examine nematode activity in zoysias and which management strategies yield the best results. Dr. Bryan Unruh will continue the session with a look at the latest data emerging from his work with fumigants in Florida for both nematode management and weed control.