Panhandle Agriculture

Hurricane Preparation for Your Farm

Farmers in Florida worry every fall about potential damage from a hurricane.  Most of the media attention focuses on families in coastal communities, but not as much attention is provided for farmers and ranchers. Emergency responders are also likely to target their efforts immediately after the storm comes ashore on coastal areas hardest hit by …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/09/07/hurricane-preparation-for-your-farm/

Friday Feature: The Gluten Free Issue

David Schechter is a news reporter for WFAA News in Dallas Texas who likes to get answers to questions people have on hot topics through video segments he calls Verify.  This week’s featured video was a Verify segment David produced on the Gluten Free craze sweeping across America.  David does a great job interviewing experts …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/26/friday-feature-the-gluten-free-issue/

Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop – September 28

The Six Rivers Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) group and the Florida Forest Stewardship Program will offer an Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop on September 28, 2017; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Central. This one day workshop will be held at the UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office, 3098 Airport Rd, Crestview, Florida 32539.  You are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/26/invasive-exotic-species-and-control-workshop-september-28/

Weed of the Week: Sicklepod

Gerald Holmes, California Polytechnic State University – Bugwood.org Sicklepod is commonly known as Coffeeweed and is a major issue for livestock producers across the Southeast. This semi-woody annual legume is native to the American tropics. Sicklepod is known to be toxic, affecting liver, kidney and muscle function in livestock. The stems and leaves, as well …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/26/weed-of-the-week-sicklepod/

Florida-Alabama Irrigation Technologies Field Day – September 5

Pivot irrigation watering fields. UF/IFAS Photo: Josh Wickham Join us on September 5, 2017 at Sam and Scott Walker’s Farm (1950 Hwy 99 Walnut Hill, FL 32568) to learn more about new technologies for soil moisture sensing.  The short field day will start at 8:00 am central. Topics will include Testing the Sentek Soil Moisture Probe on-Farm, Comparing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/25/florida-alabama-irrigation-technologies-field-day-september-5/

Silverleaf Whiteflies in Panhandle Cotton

Sliverleaf whiteflies (SLWF), also known as sweet potato whiteflies, are a major pest in many cropping systems. The SLWF has a broad feeding range of over 600 host plants, which includes ornamental, vegetable, and field crops. This season, large populations of silverleaf whiteflies have been reported in in cotton in Georgia, Alabama, and now Florida’s Panhandle. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/25/silverleaf-whiteflies-in-panhandle-cotton/

Bargain Hay is No Bargain if it is Poor Quality

Bargain, poor quality hay may actually be more expensive when you factor in waste, lower intake, and nutrient deficiencies that require higher supplementation. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Everyone likes a good bargain, but when it comes to hay, low price often equates to poorer quality. Because hay is often sold by the bale, the amount …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/25/bargain-hay-is-no-bargain-if-it-is-poor-quality/

Updates to the Florida Cottage Food Law

Sally Waxgiser sells Sally’s Old Fashion Jams and Jellies in Jackson County utilizing the guidelines of the the Florida Cottage Food Law, which was approved by the legislature in 2011. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Under the Cottage Food Law in the state of Florida, individuals can sell certain foods they produce in unlicensed home kitchens, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/25/updates-to-the-florida-cottage-food-law/

Friday Feature: Mobile Drip Irrigation from Center Pivots

Dragon-line converts center pivots into mobile drip irrigation. Water is a precious resource, no mater where you live or farm, but is especially true in Kansas where their aquifer is diminishing.  There is a relatively new technology being called mobile drip irrigation that has been developed in Kansas to make center pivot irrigation even more …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/19/friday-feature-mobile-drip-irrigation-from-center-pivots/

Cotton Marketing News: So Much for the 18-Million Bale Scenario and those Higher Prices

Prior to this week’s USDA crop production estimates, the 2017 US cotton crop was projected at 19 million bales.  There seemed to be general consensus, given the crop conditions in parts of Texas, that the crop would not get bigger with this week’s report.  There was some belief that the crop is actually less than …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/19/cotton-marketing-news-so-much-for-the-18-million-bale-scenario-and-those-higher-prices/

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