Panhandle Agriculture

Cattle Markets Slide into Summer Decline

January-May feedlot placements are up 9.2 percent over 2016. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist With July 4 wholesale beef purchases complete,  beef prices have dropped sharply the past ten days.  Beef and cattle markets, have defied gravity by staying stronger, longer than most expected this spring.  …

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Citrus Greening Confirmed in Alabama

Citrus Greening. Photo Credit: Mongi Zekri, UF/IFAS. Amy Belcher, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries A plant disease that presents a serious threat to the U.S. citrus industry has been detected in Alabama. Federal and state plant health officials have confirmed the identification of Citrus Greening (CG), also known as Huanglongbing or HLB, which is …

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Cattle Fly Control Tips

A cloud of horn flies (the numerous white specks), Haematobia irritans irritans (Linnaeus), feeding on cows. Photo credit: Lane Foil, Louisiana State University. Source:  Horn Fly Haematobia irritans irritans Dr. Lew Strickland, Extension Veterinarian,Department of Animal Science,University of Tennessee Now that warm weather has arrived, everyone will start to focus on all the chores that …

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Scout Soybeans for Kudzu Bugs and Redbanded Stink Bugs

Soybean sentinel plot in Marianna- Jackson County, Florida. Photo by Ethan Carter. After a mild winter, with relatively few nights below freezing, it should be no surprise that insect populations are spiking early. One example of this is armyworms, which began showing up in early-mid June across areas of Jackson County, a pest typically found …

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Glystar Plus now Labeled for Perennial Peanut in Florida

Perennial peanut producers have encountered numerous weeds that are difficult to control with 2,4-D amine and Impose (imazapic).  GlyStar Plus now provides another option for perennial peanut producers to use to reduce weed populations in their hay fields.  Photo credit: Doug Mayo Brent Sellers, UF/IFAS Extension Weed Specialist Over the past several years, perennial peanut …

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Has Excess Rain Affected your Cotton Fertility Program?

Michael J. Mulvaney UF/IFAS Soil Specialist & Glen Harris, UGA Soil Specialist If you’re like me, you’re watching this rain and wondering where your nutrients are in the soil profile.  The Jay FAWN station has recorded almost 20″ of rain so far in June.  Last week we talked about peanut gypsum application, but this week …

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Mosquito Control Can Be As Close As A Farm Pond

Eastern Mosquitofish are small in size, but with a gargantuan appetite for mosquito larvae. The tiny terrors can eat well over their body weight daily in developing mosquitos. The consistent and ample rains of late over Florida’s panhandle assure enough moisture is available for row crop production and development, and forage growth. It has also …

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Agriculture: A Minor Miracle Going on in Florida

Florida’s 47,000 farms are already vital economic engines that boost the economy in ways that go beyond putting food on consumer’s plates. Agriculture’s resiliency makes it a mainstay of Florida’s economy. When money gets tight, fewer people book hotel rooms or buy theme park tickets, but they don’t stop eating.  Photo credit: Doug Mayo Jack …

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Friday Feature: Tumblewheel Rolling Electric Fence

Source: Gallagher Fencing Last week we kicked off National Forage Week with a promotional video, so it seemed only fitting to end the celebration with an innovation for grazing management.  Intensive mob grazing, or strip grazing of annual pastures requires a good deal of time and management, if you have to continuously move fences to …

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Dairy Cattle Conceived in Winter Perform Better

Albert De Vries, UF/IFAS Animal Science assistant professor, checks dairy cattle at UF’s Dairy Research Unit in Hague, FL. Source: UF/IFAS Archives Brad Buck, University of Florida/IFAS Communications Service Cows and humans have something in common: If you take better care of the mother during pregnancy, her children are likely to be healthier – and …

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