Panhandle Agriculture

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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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/04/are-you-getting-your-moneys-worth-from-your-hay/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/03/with-muscadines-its-good-to-be-late/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/26/inconsitant-rainfall-makes-pod-blasting-vitally-important-this-year/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/26/mehlich-3-improved-soil-testing-for-florida-growers/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/26/antique-tractor-drive-and-pull-november-21-22/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/26/evaluating-kaolin-as-a-pesticide/

Section 18 Approved for Aphid Control in Forage Sorghum

The white sugar cane aphid is new, devastating pest this year in Florida sorghum. It has moved in from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and has been a major problem in Alabama and Georgia as well. For more information about the aphid, see White Sugarcane Aphid Spreading Across North Florida. The only labeled treatments up until this week have …

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Greg Evers Okaloosa County Agricultural Innovator

Greg Evers was recognized as an Agricultural Innovator by Jennifer Bearden, Santa Rosa 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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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/26/greg-evers-okaloosa-county-agricultural-innovator/

Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program

Cogongrass will take over native or cultivated vegetation, as can bee seen in this hay field. Photo credit: Doug Mayo The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced this week that the Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program. “Invasive cogongrass spreads quickly and aggressively and can cause …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/26/cogongrass-treatment-cost-share-program/

New Pond and Drip Irrigation Fact Sheets added to EDIS

EDIS is the University of Florida’s Official website with fact sheets available to download on a wide variety of topics for free. The University of Florida IFAS Extension offers a database of fact sheets available for free download on the Internet called EDIS (Electronic Data Information Source) that has many publications of interest to farmers and ranchers …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/20/new-pond-and-drip-irrigation-fact-sheets-added-to-edis/

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