Panhandle Agriculture

Nutrition of the Beef Herd During Transition into Summer

Fig. 1. Remaining winter forage on a bahiagrass field at UF-NFREC on 4/30/15. Photo: N. DiLorenzo Nicolas DiLorenzo, State Beef Specialist, University of Florida NFREC When it comes to beef cattle nutrition and management, we often talk about two critical periods in Northwest Florida where we may need a strategic supplementation of some sort, and …

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EscaRosa Beekeepers Open Hive Workshop May 16

The EscaRosa Beekeepers Association invites you to the Open Hive Workshop and BBQ on May 16, 2015 from 8 am to 3 pm.  The event will be held in the home garden of Joe and Nancy Tavernetti, 1110 Bauer Road, Pensacola, Florida.  Throughout the day, beekeepers will provide workshops and demonstrations at three open hive …

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New Sponsorship Adds Major Boost to Southeast Hay Contest

Since 2004, the Southeastern Hay Contest has been spotlighting high quality hay and baleage production in the Southeast. The SE Hay Contest is run in conjunction with the Sunbelt Ag Expo and our winners are announced each year on the first day of the Expo. The goal of the contest is to demonstrate the potential …

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Spring is the Ideal Time for Aquatic Herbicide Application

As water temperatures rise, aquatic weed growth increases. Be sure to monitor ponds closely and control weeds before the problem gets too large.Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin Similar to Goldilocks’ porridge, water temperature doesn’t need to be too hot or too cold, it needs to be just right for using aquatic herbicides (70o – 80o F). …

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Fireweed: A Burning Problem for Farmers

The fine hairs along the stem of Fireweed puncture the skin and introduce the toxin. Note the small flowers at the axil. Source: http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio406d/images/pics/urt/Urtica%20chamaedryoides.htm Fireweed (Urtica chamaedryoides), may not be a pasture weed that causes great economic losses from competition, but it can cause distress to people who come in contact with it in their …

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Gummy Stem Blight Spreading in Panhandle Watermelons

Gummy stem blight is a highly destructive, foliar fungal disease of watermelon that can cause yield losses of more than 50%. This disease is currently confirmed in multiple locations in Northwest and Northeast of Florida. Recent weather conditions of high humidity and high temperature have been ideal for gummy stem blight throughout the northern part …

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UF/IFAS Carinata Field Day April 28

The netting prevents the breeding lines of Carinata from out crossing at the NFREC-Quincy breeding trials. The University of Florida-IFAS-North Florida Research and Education Center is pleased to announce a Carinata field day on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. University of Florida along with its partners, Agrisoma and Applied Research Associates, are developing optimum varieties of, …

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Spiderwort Spreading and Could Become a Hay Field Pest

Spiderwort growing up next to a fence along a rural roadway. This time each spring you can see purple flowering plants up and down roadsides all across North Florida.  Common Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis), a.k.a. bluejacket, blooms really make the plants standout this time of year.  Typically the blooms are most noticeable in the morning and …

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Cotton Planting “Hopefully” to Begin Soon

We have had lots of rain across the region during the past week with over 6 inches recorded at the UF/IFAS West Florida REC, as of Thursday the 16th, with more predicted through Sunday. Cotton planting will get into high gear, as soon as fields dry out and conditions are right. Variety selection is always …

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Peanut Planting and Variety Decisions

Warming soils in the Florida Panhandle mean peanut planting time is just around the corner! Credit: Josh Thompson Barry Tillman, UF/IFAS Peanut Breeder Peanut planting time is just around the corner for most of the Florida panhandle, and warm April temperatures across the southeastern peanut belt mean that planting could begin sooner rather than later.  …

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