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Time to Cut Back Tropical Milkweed

Monarch butterflies. Photo credit: Pia-Riitta Klein. We have grown to love monarch butterflies, with their striking orange and black markings and their fascinating annual migration from southern Canada 3,000 miles south to Mexico. To help them, we have increasingly planted milkweed, the only plant on which their caterpillars will feed. In northwest Florida, the milkweed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/12/14/time-to-cut-back-tropical-milkweed/

Cassava – A Crop for the Back Forty

Cassava, also called yuca (not to be confused whit the ornamental plant Yucca), tapioca, or manioc in other regions of the world, is a tropical root crop native to South America.  Cassava belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family, which is known for plants with milky sap and includes plants like poinsettias and spurge.  The cassava root is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/09/cassava-a-crop-for-the-back-forty/

Lawn Burweed: Back Again for a Second Act

Burweed, Soliva Sessilis. – Image Credit: Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California – Davis, Bugwood.org. Creative Commons License This spring, lawn burweed has been an especially noticeable problem in lawns. Extension offices throughout Northwest Florida have been fielding many questions and finding solutions to lawn burweed infestations! On the top of my list of lawn …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/12/lawn-burweed-back-again-for-a-second-act/

Now is the Time to Cut Back Last Year’s Perennials

Image Credit: Beth Bolles Although it is quite cold outside right now, spring is just around the corner. Many of us have perennials we enjoyed all summer and fall, and have been faced with their ugly dead stalks all winter. Perennials that are meant to die to the ground each winter look ugly and decayed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/11/now-is-the-time-to-cut-back-last-years-perennials/

Cotton Marketing News: A Look Back at 2015 and Ahead to 2016

The New Year has not started off well for cotton. Old crop March futures currently stand at roughly 62 cents and new crop December futures at roughly 63 cents—both down 2 to 3 cents from the most recent high. On the decline, cotton prices reached the lowest levels since October. This raises concerns, as it …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/15/cotton-marketing-news-a-look-back-at-2015-and-ahead-to-2016/

Why Should I Wait to Cut Back Perennials?

Although it seems like summer outside, especially with such warm weather the week before Thanksgiving, winter temperatures will be coming. Possibly sooner rather than later. Perennials that are meant to die to the ground each winter look ugly and decayed after the first frost. Faced with such unattractive plants, most gardeners are inclined to cut …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/11/20/why-should-i-wait-to-cut-back-perennials/

Bringing the Indigo Back to the Panhandle

With great interest I read this week that the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation in central Florida has begun a project to reintroduce the federally listed Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon corais cooper) to the Florida Panhandle; where there have been no verified sightings since the late ‘90s. The eastern indigo snake is the largest nonvenomous …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/21/bringing-the-indigo-back-to-the-panhandle/

Smart Strategies for Back to School Savings

Back to school shopping can be a teachable moment for your kids about money management In many parts of Florida, school starts in less than a week! Depending on where you live, what school your children attend, and what grade they are in, back to school supplies can cost the average family anywhere from $ …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/07/smart-strategies-for-back-to-school-savings/

Back To School ~ Healthy Lunchbox Hints

It’s time to start getting backpacks ready, lunches packed and kids off to school. Back to school time is the perfect time to start packing a healthier lunchbox. Packing your child’s lunch may contribute to the difficulties of getting out the door in the morning but it does not have to. You know your child …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/06/back-to-school-healthy-lunchbox-hints/

Improving Water Quality and Bringing Back the Bayous

Those who have lived in the Panhandle area for many years will remember the days when our local bayous were places people water skied, kids learned to swim, and fishermen brought home plenty of speckled trout.  But today we see little of this.  Water quality within our bayous has declined to a point that the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/20/improving-water-quality-and-bringing-back-the-bayous/

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