Panhandle Agriculture

2015 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida

Replacement heifers on cool-season forages; North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), Marianna – FL. Photo by Jose Dubeux on Dec. 6, 2013. Ann Blount, Patricio Munoz, Jose Dubeux, Joao Vendramini, Ali Babar, Kevin Kenworthy, and Ken Quesenberry  (North Florida Research and Education Center, Department of Agronomy, and the Range Cattle Research and Education Center) …

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Toxic Indigo Creeping Into the Panhandle

Runners root at the nodes, blooms resemble clover, and seeds occur in small bunches as Creeping Indigo grows next to a brick wall. Photo Credit: Jed Dillard Creeping Indigo was first noted in South Florida as a toxic plant around 1933. For horses, it is as toxic as it is palatable, and cases of indigo …

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Corn Harvest is Winding Down in Jackson County

Combines were rolling along at Dietrich Farms in Jackson County this week. Photo credit: Doug Mayo It is corn harvest time in Jackson County.  While many farmers and ranchers are enjoying the more frequent rainfall lately, it is making corn harvest more challenging.  Agents in Jackson County have performed yield checks on several varieties for …

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Florida Forestry Economic Highlights

Source FL Forestry News:  Official Newsletter of the Florida Forestry Service                                                                                                                                       . Since the 1930s, natural resource managers have relied on the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program, the most comprehensive forest monitoring and analysis system in existence. FIA is a reliable means of gauging changes to wildlife habitat, timber supplies, the environment and …

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Friday Funny: Farm Funnies

This week we have a collection of cute, farm related cartoons and Facebook funnies sent in by Lola Allard, Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District. Thanks Lola! ********************************************************************************************** One thing is for sure, farm folks always enjoy sharing good jokes, photos and stories.  If you have a good, clean joke, particularly one that pertains to agriculture, …

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Jerry Davis honored as the 2015 Northwest Florida Agricultural Innovator of the Year

On Tuesday August 4, 2015, 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 fifth year these two organizations have teamed up to honor a selection of the most innovative farmers from the Florida …

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Bermudagrass Stem Maggot Population Building in the Panhandle

Bermudagrass Stem Maggots have been identified in Gadsden County Bermudagrass. Photo Credit: Liza Garcia-Jimenez Bermudagrass hay farmers need to scout their fields for Bermudagrass Stem Maggots.  I just discovered a big infestation here at the North Florida Research Center (NFREC) which is first one in two years in North Florida that we are aware of.  …

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Biochar: New Applications of an Old Agricultural Practice

Figure 1. Healthy roots grow more abundantly in soil treated with biochar. The photo on the left shows soil where a soybean plant was recently harvested. The photo on the right shows the roots (white filaments) of a recently harvested soybean plant growing in the biochar treated soil. Photo Credit: Ramon Leon Ramon G. Leon, …

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The “Bud Box” and Double Alley Design for Cattle Pens

County Agents tour a large “Bud Box” pen used for loading semitruck-load lots of bulls at Blairs Brothers Angus, Sturgis, SD Photo credit:  Doug Mayo This past month as a part of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Conference in South Dakota, I was given the opportunity, along with many other agents from across …

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Tips For Properly Pruning Muscadines

Figure 1. Mature muscadine grapevine. Credit: Peter C. Andersen, UF/IFAS Extension Last year, I wrote an article for this newsletter about late bearing muscadine cultivars. There are many early, mid, and late bearing cultivars, and a list can be found in the publication: The Muscadine Grape.  August is the very beginning of the muscadine harvest in the …

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