Panhandle Agriculture

Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest Part 2

In early October we shared the first two videos in the “A Cut Above the Rest” video series produced by Massey Ferguson, that features Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Specialist.  This week we share the third and fourth videos in this series that provides helpful tips for protecting the quality of your hay at harvest. Part 3  …

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Farm Bureau Survey Reveals Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years

Source: American Farm Bureau Source:  American Farm Bureau American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $ 49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of $ 49.87. The big ticket item – a …

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Cow-calf Profitability Better than Expected in 2017

Source: Livestock marketing Information Center Cattle prices during the fourth quarter of 2017 were significantly stronger than expected. Higher prices caused 2017’s calculated cow-calf return over cash costs plus pasture rent to be revised up. In fact, earlier in 2017, the forecast was for returns to be negative, but they actually will be positive. Since …

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How Many Replacement Heifers Should You Keep at Weaning?

Replacement beef heifers at the University of Florida North Florida research and Education Center Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Each year commercial cow/calf operations must decide how many replacement heifers are grown out to be put in the breeding pasture.  Individual ranches must make the decisions about heifer retention based upon …

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2017 Average Farm Land Rent and Labor Rates

Irrigated farm land in the Panhandle rented for an average of $ 138 per acre in 2017. Some of the most challenging conversations, in almost any relationship, are the ones about money.  This is certainly true as farmers and landowners negotiate lease agreements, or managers and workers negotiate salaries for the year ahead. It can …

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Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay

Washington County bahiagrass hay. Despite the producer’s best efforts, it is unlikely that this hay will be able to meet the nutritional demands of a lactating brood cow. Some supplementation will be required to ensure that cattle performance is not suppressed. Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin Two general statements to begin the discussion: Florida grass hay …

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Planting Date is Critical for Fusarium Wilt Management in Watermelons

Fusarium wilt in watermelon on a commercial field in Madison County.  Credit Nick Dufault Fusarium wilt is caused by the soil borne fungus Fusarium oxysporum, which continues to be a problem for many Florida watermelon producers. Management of this devastating disease requires an integrated approach that combines conventional and novel techniques. Site selection is a …

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Weed of the Week: Black Cherry

Black Cherry Leaves Photo Credit: Dr. Brent Sellers Black Cherry is common across the southern half of the United States. Mature trees span from 50 to 90 feet tall with an oval silhouette shape, and low branches that normally droop to the ground. This native tree is commonly used for landscaping but also found in …

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Cindale Dairy Receives Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award

Source:  Florida Department of Agriculture Cindale Dairy – Brad and Meghan Austin (left) and Cindy and Dale Eade (right). Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced on November 1, 2017 the recipients of the Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes the environmentally innovative farming techniques of Florida’s farmers and ranchers. This year’s recipients are: Brad …

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Holmes County Fall Cattle Forum – November 28

Please make plans to join us on November 28th, 2017 for the Holmes County Fall Cattle Forum. The meeting will be held at the Ag Center in Bonifay, FL. A steak dinner will be sponsored by Southern Cattle Company. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by November  22nd  so we can get a head count …

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