Why You Should Consider Participating in the Florida Pollinator Protection Survey

Recently, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) developed a Managed Pollinator Protection Plan (MP3). Its purpose is to establish a systematic and comprehensive approach to mitigate the risks of pesticides to bees and other pollinators while supporting both crop protection and insect pollination. Most importantly, this MP3 is developed through open communication and coordi­nation among key stakeholders: beekeepers, growers/ landowners, and pesticide users.

Although peach growers do not need bees to polli­nate their trees, many orchards in Florida are next door neighbors to crops that do, such as citrus and blueberry. With apiaries and pollinators being in close proximity, it is advised that stone fruit growers in Florida also par­ticipate in the state-wide pesticide-pollinator awareness survey, which aims to collect important background information about the current state of knowledge, com­mon practices, concerns, and other relevant informa­tion about pesticides and pollinators in Florida, directly from its stakeholders.

The information obtained with this survey will be used to measure the success of the Managed Pollinator Protection Plan over time and will help tailor the out­reach efforts of the program.

This survey is completely anonymous and no one, not even FDACS, will be able to associate you or your company with any of the responses.

Completing this survey will take approximately 10- 15 minutes. The department asks that you choose and only complete the survey that most closely reflects your role in Florida agriculture.

Fields Equipment Company, Inc. Three locations to serve you better! ZOLFO SPRINGS 3440 US Highway 17 S. 863.735.1122 (Phone) 863.735.1295 (Fax) WINTER HAVEN 3203 Havendale Blvd. NW 863.967.0602 (Phone) 863.967.8648 (Fax) 888.470.4365 (Toll free) CLERMONT 17215 US Highway 27 352.394.7181 (Phone) 352.394.7372 (Fax)

The SDA fertilizer spreaders are compact and light and can be pulled by low-power tractors. However, they have the same sturdiness and high precision as large agricultural machinery. One of their distinctive features is quantity control through a setting gage which guarantees accurate fertilizer distribution. If necessary, it is possible to adjust the quantities being fed onto the 2 spreading discs. The side conveyors allow for localized spreading on row cultivation of 1.5 – 5 meters: the deflectors are adjustable and enable the fertilizer to be discharged where it is needed, thus avoiding unnecessary waste.

On all models: Manual quantity control, Standard filtering grids, and a Cardan shaft. Optionals: Two-piston hydraulic drive for quantity control gates, Adjustable side conveyors in stainless steel.

Grower Survey: surveymonkey.com/r/PPPgrower

Applicator Survey: surveymonkey.com/r/PPPapplicator

Beekeeper Survey: surveymonkey.com/r/PPPbeekeeper