UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County

Bite-Sized Science brings popular Sea Grant training to your home

Every weekday at 4 p.m. EST from April 20 through May 29 (except Memorial Day), Florida Sea Grant will provide live, online classes on coastal topics. These free, 30-minute classes will be conducted by Florida Sea Grant agents or specialists, and in many cases are modified versions of popular in-person trainings that they conduct around the state.

 Each day of the series has a theme.

Why an emergency fund is so important

By Scott E. Taylor
Family and Consumer Science Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County
 
What will happen to your family if you:
Lose your job?
Get sick?
Have an emergency?

Most of us are very good at planning for our future, but we often don’t think about the “what if’s?”  We prepare for the future we think of, but then there is the future that happens.

We all need to make sure we save for the future we want, as well as preparing for those unexpected things that are going to happen.  

Self-care for Everyone Doing School At Home

Brooksville, FL:  We may not like it, and it is not much fun, but we are all experiencing a new and not-so-exciting way of living right now. There are ways to decrease the anxiety and stress that can cause families to break down in times like this.  It is important to remember, we all need physical distancing, but socially, we need each other more than ever. We are not stuck at home; we are safe at home.

The Manatees of Hernando County

Florida’s winter season begins in November, and when the water temperatures change, manatees instinctively travel closer, hugging the coastlines of Florida’s warmer waters. In Hernando County, some manatees migrate to areas along the Weeki Wachee River. The inlets like Mud River and Jenkins Creek the water temperature is steady at 72–74 °F, a perfect place for a manatee’s winter retreat. 

UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County has a new meeting room and laboratory

by JULIE B. MAGLIO
[email protected]

BROOKSVILLE, Fla.-- On Thursday October 10, University of Florida IFAS (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences) Extension had an open house to celebrate the recent expansion of their facility located at 16110 Aviation Loop Dr, Brooksville, FL 34604.

They were able to acquire the additional space after AMskills, a manufacturing training program, moved out of the building.

Preparing Your Lawn and Landscape for Fall

Lawns in Florida enter a period of dormancy during the winter months, regulated by the number of daylight hours and temperature.  As the days grow shorter and temperatures go down, turf requires less fertilizer. This really holds true for any plants in your yard - as growth slows the plant’s need for water and fertilizer decreases. Any fertilizer applied during this period of dormancy or reduced growth tends to either leach through our sandy soils or run off into nearby waterways. 

UF/IFAS Extension Tips on How to Identify and Prevent Downy Mildew

Florida weather is democratizing in a way; whether you’ve lived here your whole life or just arrived, it can always surprise you. Case in point: this has been a very wet spring for a narrow band stretching from Brooksville to the Cape, and this consistent moisture combined with cool nighttime temperatures explains why I’ve been seeing quite a few outbreaks of one of the nastier pest fungi out there: downy mildew. Downy mildew is a water mold, which is a very special type of fungus that is actually able to swim to find its host. Symptoms tend to first show up in new growth.

UF/IFAS Extension Tips on Pernicious Fungal Pest

Florida weather is democratizing in a way; whether you’ve lived here your whole life or just arrived, it can always surprise you. Case in point: this has been a very wet spring for a narrow band stretching from Brooksville to the Cape, and this consistent moisture combined with cool nighttime temperatures explains why I’ve been seeing quite a few outbreaks of one of the nastier pest fungi out there: downy mildew. Downy mildew is a water mold, which is a very special type of fungus that is actually able to swim to find its host. Symptoms tend to first show up in new growth.

UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County Can Help Solve Your Palm Tree Problems

Is your palm tree dying? Does it really need to be removed? What fertilizer does it need? When can you prune the leaves? These are all common questions UF/IFAS Extension receives monthly throughout the state. Palm trees are without a doubt one of my favorite plants. Although I have been working with palm trees for over 12 years, there is still a lot to learn when it comes to management. In today’s article, I will address the basics of fertilization.