Panhandle Agriculture

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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Southern Corn Rust Spreading in Southwest Gerogia

Source:  Seminole Crop E News Rome Etrhedge, UGA Seminole County Coordinator Southern rust has shown up in a number of corn fields in Seminole county. Rome is urging corn farmers to apply fungicides again, if it’s been 3 weeks since their tassel application. Decatur County agent Justin Ballew with southern corn rust on the lower …

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Timing is Crucial for Successful Dove Fields

Doves are attracted to the seeds produced by many warm season crops, like the sorghum shown above. Photo Credit: Forages of Florida We are roughly 100 days away from the beginning of dove season. Planting crops that produce attractive food sources for doves can be an effective way to increase your chances of having successful …

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Fruit Grafting Workshop June 18

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • 8:30am—3:00pm Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center 8202 CR 417, Live Oak, FL 32060 Cost: $ 50 per person This workshop is for farmers and homeowners interested in learning about grafting and propagating grapes and stone fruits such as peaches. The program will feature hands-on collection of scion material and grafting …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/06/14/fruit-grafting-workshop-june-18/

Florida Seed Association Seminar June 24-25

30th Annual Seedmen Seminar June 24th & 25th, 2014 University of Florida, Plant Science Research and Education Unit Frank Stronach Conference Center 2556 wesy Highway 318, Citra, Florida 32113 Tuesday June 24th 12:00 PM Registration 1:00 – 1:30 – Dr Kevin Folta – UF/IFAS Horticulture – Reframing the Communication on Transgenic Crops 1:30 – 2:00 …

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Time to Start Scouting Cotton for Plant Bugs

Tarnished Plant Bug. Photo credit: Russ Ottens, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org Our oldest planted cotton has started squaring and it’s time to start scouting fields for plant bugs. For the past several years the tarnished plant bug has been ranked nationally as the number one cotton insect pest in terms of yield losses. This has …

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To Spray or Not To Spray; These Tools can help with Peanut Fungicide Spray Decisions.

Environmental conditions as well as field history are critical factors in developing your peanut fungicide prescription.  Photo by John Atkins. In recent years, we have heard about the benefits of early season fungicide sprays for the products Proline® and Abound®. These sprays typically occur between 20 and 40 days after planting which is more or …

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May 2014 Panhandle Weather Summary

National Weather Service rainfall estimates for Northwest Florida, in May 2014. May was a month with a tremendous variation in rainfall across the Florida Panhandle.  The graphic above shows the National Weather Service’s rainfall estimates for May 2014.  Northeastern Santa Rosa County had more than 10″ of rain in May, but in portions of Bay …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/06/07/may-2014-panhandle-weather-summary/

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