Panhandle Agriculture

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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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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Mehlich 3: Improved Soil Testing for Florida Growers

Soil testing is a critical component of modern agriculture.  Photo by Judy Ludlow There has been a change in the testing procedure at the UF/IFAS Lab which analyzes the nutrient profile of Florida’s soils. The Extension Soil Testing Laboratory (ESTL) has replaced the Mehlich 1 (M1) test with the Mehlich 3 (M3) test, but the …

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Antique Tractor Drive and Pull November 21 & 22

As a part of their Farm-City Festival, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an antique tractor drive and pull  November 21 & 22 in Marianna, Florida.  The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the rich heritage and economic contribution that agriculture has made to the region.  If you own a tractor made …

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Evaluating Kaolin As a Pesticide

Figure 1. Kaolin applied to tomato (photograph by Joe Funderburk) Joe Funderburk, Professor of Entomology, North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy Kaolin (a naturally occurring mined mineral) is an aluminosilicate particle film that is applied directly onto crops (Figure 1). The film acts through multiple modes of action to reduce insects and disease. Modes …

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