UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County

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
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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.