Welcome to UF/IFAS Extension’s Panhandle Ag News

UF/IFAS County Extension Agriculture Agents and Ag Specialists will be posting weekly articles with information related to commercial agriculture production and land management.  To sign up to receive weekly email notices of updates to the page, sign up by hitting the “SUBSCRIBE” button at your local County Extension website, or directly at http://subscribe.ifas.ufl.edu  and entering …

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Friday Feature: Tumblewheel Rolling Electric Fence

Source: Gallagher Fencing Last week we kicked off National Forage Week with a promotional video, so it seemed only fitting to end the celebration with an innovation for grazing management.  Intensive mob grazing, or strip grazing of annual pastures requires a good deal of time and management, if you have to continuously move fences to …

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Dairy Cattle Conceived in Winter Perform Better

Albert De Vries, UF/IFAS Animal Science assistant professor, checks dairy cattle at UF’s Dairy Research Unit in Hague, FL. Source: UF/IFAS Archives Brad Buck, University of Florida/IFAS Communications Service Cows and humans have something in common: If you take better care of the mother during pregnancy, her children are likely to be healthier – and …

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4-H Tailgate Cookery Contest

This contest teaches youth about meat science, food safety and communication skills. Tailgating.  The smell of charcoal in the air.  Cooking over a hot grill.  Earning lots of scholarship money? The Florida 4-H Tailgate Contest completed its first year in 2016, giving out over $ 15,000 in scholarship money to 4-H members.  This was made …

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Gulf Coast Crop Protection Tour July 6

Gulf Coast Crop Protection Tour Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center 8300 AL Hwy 104, Fairhope, AL 36532 Registration begins at 7:15 AM Central. Tour begins at 7:45 AM. Topics will include auxin herbicide usage, pigweed control in cotton and peanut, southern corn rust, target spot and cotton insect management, as well as cotton and …

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Apply for the Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program through July 31

The Southern Pine Beetle Florida Township Hazard Rating Map is based on a model developed by the USDA Forest Service. The model computes hazard scores based on input variables that estimate the density and basal area of the most susceptible host pine species (e.g., loblolly and shortleaf pine) and soil drainage characteristics. Each township score …

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Rain Keeping You from Applying Gypsum to Your Peanuts this Year?

Soil calcium in the pegging zone of peanuts can be increased by adding gypsum at early bloom without raising soil pH. Credit: Glenn Harris Area farmers have had numerous challenges to deal with already in this growing season.  With so much rain over the past two weeks, many farmers have had their production schedule wrecked.  …

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Time to Start Planning for Heifer Development

Fig. 1. Heifer development at the NFREC Feed Efficiency Facility Credit: Nicolas DiLorenzo Nicolas DiLorenzo, State Beef Specialist, University of Florida NFREC Even in this current, somewhat depressed, cattle market, replacement females for the Florida commercial cow herd are an annual expense of approximately $ 400 million.  Development and selection of the best females to …

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Cogongrass Spreading in the Panhandle

A recent increase in the spread of cogongrass has landowners scrambling to find ways to stop this invasive plant. There are ways to combat cogongrass, with positive identification and persistent treatment being paramount. Figure 1: From left to right, Cogongrass Infestation, Uneven Mid-Rib, and “Toothpick” Root. Credit: Ray Bodrey, UF/IFAS Gulf County Extension Cogongrass (Imperata …

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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring ……..

Recent rains in the panhandle have kept many gardeners indoors. While we’re mostly watching the rain from inside, there are some lawn and landscape tasks to consider.   The most obvious is to turn off any automatic irrigation systems. Although rain shut-off devices are required for all automatic irrigation systems in Florida, many homeowners’ systems …

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Celebrating and Attracting Pollinators

Wildflowers near Live Oak, Florida. Image Credit, UF / IFAS Unfortunately, reports from the National Research Council say that the long-term population trends for some North American pollinators are “demonstrably downward”. Ten years ago the U.S. Senate unanimously approved and designated “National Pollinator Week” to help raise awareness.  National Pollinator Week (June 19-25, 2017) is …

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