Panhandle Agriculture

September 2014 Weather Summary

Rainfall estimates for September 2014 provided by the National Weather Service. Many areas of the Panhandle finally got more normal rainfall again in September, after two months of dry weather.  Like previous months, however, there was considerable variation.  The areas highlighted in yellow or green had less than 3″, while the areas in hot pink …

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Carbon Credit Markets May Be Making A Return

The authors of a new UF/IFAS publication discuss how land owners can access the carbon market, the potential for return to the grower and other relevant considerations. Photo by Judy Ludlow A newly released UF/IFAS publication, “An Overview of Carbon Markets for Florida Forest Landowners,” reviews options for forest land managers, who are seeking a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/10/carbon-credit-markets-may-be-making-a-return/

The Majestic Longleaf: One of the South’s Distinguished Trees

Longleaf pine’s desirable characteristics have motivated restoration efforts on timber-lands, agricultural lands, private lands, and public lands. Photo by Judy Ludlow Steeped in history, the majestic longleaf (Pinus palustris) is an economically and ecologically important tree species of the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains. Its species name “palustris” means “of the marsh,” and although it …

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Sesame Production: A New Crop for Florida

Growers Randall Dasher and Jerry Goff at a sesame field in McAlpin, FL.  Photo credit:  Diane Rowland For the past four years, Dr. Diane Rowland, a Crop Physiologist with the UF Agronomy Department, and Elena Toro, Agriculture Extension Agent in Suwannee County have been researching and working with growers on sesame production in Florida. In …

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Beekeeping in the Panhandle 4th Annual Workshop & Tradeshow!

The Florida State Beekeepers, Central Panhandle, Chipola, and Tupelo Beekeepers Associations, in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture, and UF/IFAS Extension, are proud to offer the 4th annual Beekeepers Workshop & Trade-show! This event will provide hands-on educational opportunities including interaction with expert beekeepers, open hive demonstrations, and more!  This event will be held …

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EQIP Application Deadline November 21

  EQIP funds can provide cost share funds for conservation practices such as a water trough system in pastures to allow additional cross fencing and sensitive wetland protection. The National Farm Bill provides conservation funding for America’s farms and ranches through USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).  One of the most popular program is the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/04/eqip-application-deadline-november-21/

Nolan Adams Honored as Walton County Agricultural Innovator

Nolan Adams and Family were recognized as Agricultural Innovators by Mike Goodlchild, Walton County Extension On Thursday August 21, 2014, twelve Innovative Farmers and Ranchers were recognized by University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida at the Jefferson County Opera House, in Monticello.  This is the fourth year these two organizations …

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Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth from Your Hay?

Well-made, dense hay bales maintain their quality during storage and decrease the amount of wasted hay and dollars during the winter feeding period. (Alachua, Florida) Hay feeding is a common practice for many beef cattle enterprises in North Florida. The key question is, are you getting all of the value you expected out of that …

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With Muscadines, It’s Good to Be Late

Prolific producing muscadine cultivar ‘Granny Val’ – Image Credit Dr. Peter C. Andersen Mother always said “never be late,” but in the case of certain muscadine (Vitis rotundifolia) cultivars, it’s good to be late.  Although muscadine harvest can begin as early as July, growers with late bearing muscadines are just completing fruit harvest. Generally, muscadines do not …

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Inconsitant Rainfall Makes Pod-Blasting Vitally Important This Year

Peanut harvest has begun in Washington County. Inconsistent rainfall this summer means that dry-land farmers need to pay special attention to peanut maturity. Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin A cold, wet spring got lots of area peanuts off to a late and slow start. When it warmed up and things really got rolling, the rain quit, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/26/inconsitant-rainfall-makes-pod-blasting-vitally-important-this-year/

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