Panhandle Agriculture

Florida’s Farm Families Are Slowly Recovering from Losses Inflicted by Hurricane Irma

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam took an aerial tour to survey areas impacted by Hurricane Irma, including citrus groves in Central and Southwest Florida. Commissioner Putnam said, “It’s still too early to know the full extent of the damage to Florida citrus. But after touring groves on foot and by air, it’s clear that …

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Cotton Marketing News: Cotton Makes a Hard Landing

Apparently, USDA’s September numbers took the market by surprise.  I don’t quite understand why that should have been the case, but apparently it was.  To a lot of folks that know cotton and keep a close eye on things, the September numbers were not really that much of a surprise.  It was expected that the …

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Walton County Beef Cattle Seminar – September 21

There are roughly 13,000 head of cattle in Walton County, making them an important part of agriculture in this part of the western Florida panhandle.  The University of Florida IFAS Extension Walton County office is offering an educational program to help livestock owners stay competitive and up-to-date on the business. It will be held at …

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Evaluate Forage Production While the Grass is Still Growing

Washington County cow in mid-September with plenty of forage waiting on her just beyond the temporary fence.  Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin There has been a delightful coolness in the air these first few “post Irma” days. Don’t be fooled, it’s not fall yet. Mid-September, in Florida, is definitely still summer and pasture grass should not …

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Protecting Fall Vegetable Crops after the Hurricane

Figure 1: Rain and leaf wetness exacerbate bacterial spot and can lead to complete blighting or defoliation of the plant. Credit: Josh Freeman As if the fall season wasn’t challenging enough from a pest and disease perspective, throw in a hurricane and it gets much worse. Luckily, the storm missed most of the Panhandle. Tomato …

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Exploring Opportunities in Agritourism in North Florida – September 30

UF IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center 155 Research Road – Quincy, FL 32351 Saturday, September 30, 2017 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Eastern Time Eventbrite Registration Call 850-875-7100 for more information Author: admin – webmaster@ifas.ufl.edu admin

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Friday Feature: Southeast Hay Contest Video

The Southeast Hay Contest was started 14 years ago to showcase the excellent quality hay that is produced in the South.  If you take pride in producing high quality hay, this is an opportunity to see how the best hay you produce compares to other farms in the region.  This week’s featured video was produced …

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Farm Food Safety Workshops – October 5 & 26

Photo by Judy Biss Two Farm Food Safety Workshops are scheduled for October in the Panhandle.  A Building Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual Workshop is scheduled for October 5th in Crestview and a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training is scheduled for October 26 in Marianna.  The PSA Grower Training curriculum is approved by the FDA …

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August Weather Summary & Harvest Outlook

August was another rainy month across the Panhandle, but there was a wide variation in rainfall across the region.  The western counties had large areas with 10-15 inches (hot pink) and even some areas nearer to the coast with more than 15″.  The eastern counties were much drier, except along the coast with a range …

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New Insect and Mite Control Guide for Florida Cotton Growers

Joe Funderburk, Professor of Entomology, NFREC Quincy A UF/IFAS EDIS fact sheet is now available entitled “Insect and Mite Integrated Pest Management in Florida Cotton” by Joe Funderburk, Nicole Casuso, Norman Leppla, and Michael Donahue. The guide provides growers with up-to-date information on scouting and managing insects and mites in their fields. The guide contains …

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