Panhandle Agriculture

2014 Florida Organic Cost Share Program

Photo credit: IFAS Archive Funding Announcement The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received funding from the 2014 National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) , which is a program of the United State Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS). These funds will be used to reimburse growers, handlers, and processors …

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2014 Peanut Field Day a Success

Dr. Barry Tillman, NFREC Peanut Breeder, shared the results of his work with the newer peanut variates. Photo credit Doug Mayo The 36th annual UF/IFAS Peanut Field Day took place this past Thursday, August 14th at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna.   The event showcased some of the latest research being conducted …

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Whole Farm Integrated Pest Management Video Modules

Trap crops such as sorghum, triticale, buckwheat and sunflowers planted along field borders can be used to attract stinkbugs away from cash crops. If you are interested in learning how to manage pests using integrated pest management (IPM) strategies on a whole farm or whole landscape level, a team of University of Florida IFAS Extension …

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Time to Spray Soybeans for Insect Pests and Disease

Velvetbean caterpillar on soybeans in Okaloosa county (photo by Jennifer Bearden) Recent reports from the field show it’s time to spray soybeans for Asian Soybean Rust, velvetbean, loopers, and other caterpillars. Fall armyworms are still a problem in some fields as well as kudzu bugs. “Fungicides, insecticides and boron are often mixed together with good …

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EEF Nitrogen: What is it, and do you Need it?

Fig. 1. Example of a coated fertilizer (left) and fertilizer coated with a urease and nitrification inhibitor, right. Coated fertilizer illustration courtesy of International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI): http://www.ipni.net/ As fertilizers get more expensive and the need to protect environmentally sensitive areas increases, farmers are looking for more efficient nitrogen (N) fertilizers. The Association of …

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Corn Harvest is Underway in Jackson County (video)

Josh Thompson, Regional Crop IPM Agent, provides a corn yield check at a farm in Jackson County this week. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Combines began picking through corn last week, and this week the harvesting continues. Jackson County has a corn yield contest that several growers participate in.  Having a yield check allows for a …

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July 2014 Panhandle Weather Summary

July was another typical summer month with wide variation in rainfall totals across the Panhandle.  The graphic above shows the National Weather Service’s estimates for rainfall totals for July 2014.  Portions of Escambia, Santa Rosa,and Walton Counties received over 10″ for the month, while portions of Jackson, Gadsden, and Leon Counties had less than 2″ …

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Wiregrass Field Crop Field Day August 22

2014 Field Crops Field Day Friday, August 22, 2014 Registration 8:00 a.m. Field Tour Starts 8:30 a.m. Wiregrass Research & Extension Center – Headland,AL Sponsored meal will be served at Noon. Pesticide Points and CCA Points available to attendees. Held cooperatively by Auburn University, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and The Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station.   …

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Insect Problems Accelerate this Week in Crops

Mark Mauldin, Washington County agent finding beet armyworms and soybean loopers. Photo: Josh Thompson It’s been a busy week for insect pests, especially caterpillars. It seems that every square mile in Jackson and surrounding counties has armyworms in it right now; including pastures, hayfields, peanuts, soybeans, lawns and anywhere in between. In addition to armyworms …

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Bulls Have Arrived for the 15th Annual Florida Bull Test

Bulls arriving and settling in for the 15th Florida Bull Test.  Photo by Cliff Lamb For the 15th year, the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) is hosting the Florida Bull Test. This year, of the 119 bulls nominated, 102 bulls were received on July 30, 2014. After a three-week adaptation period, bulls will …

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