Panhandle Agriculture

Slow-Release Fertilizers Gaining Momentum in Agriculture

Slow-release fertilizers can reduce nutrient losses from heavy spring rainfall, but still require the 4R’s of nutrient stewardship.   Photo Credit: Doug Mayo The ornamental and turfgrass industries have been using granular slow-release fertilizers for decades. The price has been prohibitive for large-scale agricultural use. In recent years, however, the price has become more affordable, …

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UF/IFAS Survey of Damage to Livestock from Coyotes

The University of Florida, IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center is conducting a survey to more thoroughly understand coyote damage to livestock. UF/IFAS is cooperating with the USDA National Wildlife Research Center to measure losses of livestock presumed to have been a direct consequence of coyote predation, and to assist in identifying the number …

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Vaseygrass Becoming a Common Sight, Unfortunately

Vaseygrass in a Bermuda/Bahia hay field. This hard to control weed has become a common sight recently. Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin You may have noticed vaseygrass, with its conspicuously tall seed heads, in pastures and hayfields where you have not noticed it before.  Most of the factors explaining the increased occurrence of vaseygrass this summer …

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Pea Weevils Abound in Jackson County

A good looking crop of field peas from Larry MacArthur in Malone, FL. Photo: Josh Thompson Over the past few weeks, numerous calls have come in to the Extension Office about a strange bug found in field peas (cowpeas, southern peas). Whether you have a small garden patch, or 200 acres of peas, you probably …

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Watermelon Novel Bacterial Leaf Spot Research Update

Fig. 1. Symptoms of the Pseudomonas syringae leaf spot on watermelon Pseudomonas Syringae Leaf Spot on Watermelon Mathews Paret, Eric Newberry, Nick Dufault, Josh Freeman, Bob Hochmuth, Anthony Drew, David Langston and Jeff Jones Florida and Georgia are the two largest producers of watermelon in the United States with 48,000 acres under production and a …

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Sunbelt Expo Field Day July 10

The Sunbelt Expo Field Day is scheduled for Thursday, July 10, 2014, beginning at 7:15 am Eastern Time.  Attendees will not only have a chance to learn from the region’s top agricultural consultants and specialists to many of the pertinent areas of agriculture, but they will be able to participate in hands-on demonstrations. We know …

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The Mosquito-Borne Tropical Disease Chikungunya Makes Its First Appearance in North Florida

Tiger mosquitos are distinctive with their black and white coloration, and bite during the day. Photograph by: J. L. Castner, University of Florida The first occurrence of the mosquito-borne tropical disease chikungunya has occurred in north Florida. Two cases have been reported, in Leon County, from residents who recently visited Haiti. This virus originated in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/06/20/the-mosquito-borne-tropical-disease-chikungunya-makes-its-first-appearance-in-north-florida/

Fall Armyworms Damage Okaloosa Soybeans

Fall Armyworm damage to young soybeans (photo by Jennifer Bearden) Fall armyworms were found this week in a soybean field in Okaloosa County.  This pest can completely defoliate a field in a week as was the case in the field pictured above. Fall Armyworms overwinter in southern Florida and southern Texas. The moths or adult …

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Southern Blight Found in Holmes County Tomatoes

Photo 1 – Southern Blight foliage wilt looks similar to Bacterial Wilt. Photo credit Shep Eubanks Southern blight (caused by Sclerotium rolfsii Sacc.) was found at two different tomato farms in Holmes County this week. Southern Blight is a serious fungal disease affecting diverse crops grown around the world, especially in tropical and subtropical regions. The …

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It is Not Too Early to Start Tracking Peanut Maturity

Figure 1. Peanut plant with flowers, pegs, several stages of young pods, and nearly mature pods. Photo credit: Barry Tillman Barry Tillman, UF/IFAS Peanut Breeder You may think it is too soon to start thinking about peanut maturity. After all, thanks to a cool, wet spring, most farms have only recently finished planting!  However, maturity …

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