Extension Livestock Integrated Pest Manangement (IPM)
In Central and Northwest Florida, livestock producers are concerned about a new forage invasive pest, the bermudagrass stem maggot (BSM), for its high damage potential. Also, tabanids like the horse and deer flies are important pests in livestock production, decreasing livestock productivity.
The information presented in this website is for educational purposes and to keep livestock producers and general public updated about monitoring population dynamics, trapping methods, and news about the bermudagrass stem maggot, horse flies and deer flies.
Fun with kids!
In October of 2014 we had the opportunity to interact with little kids. We had the Ag Adventures at the NFREC in Marianna, FL, two days with first grade kids and a visit to the Step by Step developmental center with VPK kids, also in Marianna, FL. We talked about Entomology, insect body parts, life cycle and we showed them how the tabanid traps work. The kids were excited to see real tabanid flies, bermudagrass stem maggot larvae and flies, and they played with tabanid flies pictures and bermudagrass flies pictures. Also, they colored and decorated pictures of the flies. We got many questions about other insects and they were very curious about the traps.
Jackson Cattlemen's tour 2015
The Jackson County Cattlemen Association host their annual tour visiting two farms and the NFREC station. Researchers at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit provided information about new projects and technologies in the facility. Farmers got to see this year two types of tabanid traps and the Forage Research Trials. The NFREC station is also serving as one of four Florida locations for Bermudagrass Variety yield trials, so the group got to see first-hand the varieties being evaluated.