Commercial Fruit Production

This page provides information on commercial fruit production for Orange, Lake, and Marion Counties. If you do not see the information you are looking for, please contact Juanita Popenoe at for more information.

As part of Lake County's commitment to public health and safety and to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) UF/IFAS Lake County Extension office (aka the Ag Center) will be open in a limited manner with only a few people allowed in the building at one time to allow for social distancing. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Most classes will be provided online and we will respond to any questions via email or phone.

List of available classes and registration.

Snout Scale Pest Alert (and photos of many other scale insects for comparison). A new pest to watch out for, especially on citrus.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

Designed to assist Ag producers impacted by COVID-19. Producers can apply for benefits under CFAP 2 beginning Sept. 21, 2020 to Dec. 11, 2020. CFACP 2 Announcement. CFAP 2 Eligible Specialty Crops.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

New mandatory posters in Spanish and English regarding Employee Rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act are to be posted for workers immediately through 12/31/2020. Download poster pdf files:

Federal Employee Rights Poster Families First Coronavirus Response Act (English)

Federal Employee Rights Poster Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Spanish)

Safety Posters (not mandatory but really useful):

Agriculture Protection Under Coronavirus (English)

Protección Agrícola frente al Coronavirus (Spanish)

More information on disaster preparedness and resiliency from Southeast Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety

Annual Stone Fruit Field Day

Program links - by year (canceled for 2020)

Annual Grape Field Day

Program links - by year


Hurricane Response

UF/IFAS Citrus Growers’ Hotline - (863-956-8611) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call with your questions and needs. Someone at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center will answer.


Cold Protection

Critical Temperatures

Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) toolkits


The office is open for limited walk in visitors at this time. Please feel free to contact Juanita Popenoe at 352-343-4101 ext. 2727, or cell 352-516-6486 or email and make an appointment or request a site visit.

Juanita Popenoe