Panhandle Agriculture

Warm Season Deer Nutrition Can Pay Off in the Fall

Deer grazing test plots at the NFREC in Quincy.  Food plots can  benefit deer year round, not just during hunting season. To the chagrin of hunters across the Panhandle, deer season has drawn to a close. As the days lengthen and temperatures begin to climb many of the area’s outdoorsmen (and women) shift their efforts to …

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Legume Mite in Crimson Clover

Crimson Clover field in Jackson Co. infested with legume mites. This season, clover has had some tough weather conditions to overcome, including heavy rains during planting time and lower temperatures which has reduced growth. However, at least one field of clover has experienced an exceptional amount of pressure from a very rare pest, the legume …

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Soil Health and Cover Crop Group to Meet April 1

We know not to plant crotalaria now and the County Agent doesn’t wear a tie anymore, but Jefferson County and cover crops still go together.  Photo Credit: Estimated date of photo is 1920′s from the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/12 The first meeting of a Florida soil health/cover crop working group will be …

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Impact of Selection for Feed Efficiency of Heifers on Future Cow Performance

Cow and calf pairs in a feed efficiency study at the North Florida Research and Education Center Feed Efficiency Facility. Introduction In Florida, the predominant classes of cattle are females (replacement heifers, young and mature cows) that graze forages.  However, most feed efficiency research has focused on grain-fed, feedlot cattle, with little data collected on …

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Detecting and Controlling Varroa Mites in Honey Bees

A female varroa mite (Varroa destructor Anderson & Trueman) feeds on a worker bee. The mite is the oval, orange spot on the bee’s abdomen. Photograph by: James Castner, University of Florida. The varroa mite, Varroa destructor is the world’s most devastating pest of Western honey bees, Apis mellifera.  Although the varroa complex includes multiple …

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Seminar to be Held on a New Crop for the Florida Panhandle: Olives

Join us on April 4th from 8 am to 1 pm at the University of Florida West Florida Research and Education Center in Jay (4253 Experiment Road, Jay FL 32565) to learn more about olive production in the Panhandle.  Guest speakers will include Michael O’Hara Garcia, President of the Florida Olive Council,  Don Mueller, Longtime Florida Olive Grower, …

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Panhandle February 14 Weather Summary

NOAA February 2014 rainfall estimates. February was certainly warmer than January, and in most areas wetter as well.  Once again the Carrabelle station collected the most rainfall with 6.7″ in February.  Monticello was the driest location, with only 4.4″ recorded at the FAWN station there. For the first two months of 2014, Marianna has been …

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Defining a Breeding Season is Crucial for Beef Herds

A defined breeding/calving season results in a more uniformed calf crop and more management options for both large and small herds. There is a long and ever growing list of management strategies that have the potential to make cow calf operations more profitable. Many of these strategies relate in some way to more efficiently meeting …

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Kudzu Bugs have Emerged in Large Numbers

Overwintering adult kudzu bugs on window screen The kudzu bug has emerged from its overwintering locations with a vengeance! If you saw recently a large number of small greenish and flattened insects on your exterior walls, your vehicles or most any other light colored object, you saw kudzu bugs. This insect with the scientific name …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/07/kudzu-bugs-have-emerged-in-large-numbers/

Summer Annual Forage Options for the Panhandle

Pearl millet is an annual, warm-season, seeded grass that grows quickly in the spring and summer months and offers high-yielding and high-quality forage. Summer Annual Forages: Millet, Forage Sorghum, Sudangrass, Sorghum-Sudan and Crabgrass This has been a tough winter season for forage production. Many producers are struggling with little hay left in the barn and …

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