Tag Archive: Efficiency

Maximize Your Farm’s Energy Efficiency with Free Evaluations and FDACS Cost-Share Program

A producer in the Suwanee Valley took advantage of cost share funds to switch from using a diesel irrigation pump (left) to an electric pump (right). Photo source: FDACS Office of Energy The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Office of Energy is currently offering free energy evaluations, along with cost-share funds to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2018/01/12/maximize-your-farms-energy-efficiency-with-free-evaluations-and-fdacs-cost-share-program/

Florida’s Valuable Water Resources and the Importance of Irrigation Efficiency

  Center Pivot Irrigation on Panhandle Peanuts. Photo credit: Mark Miles Competition for Water Resources in Florida In a state like Florida, where rivers, lakes, and springs abound, there seems to be no shortage of water.  Annual precipitation ranges from 45 inches in Clewiston to 69 inches in Milton (http://www.usclimatedata.com/) with typical rainfall patterns of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/11/10/floridas-valuable-water-resources-and-the-importance-of-irrigation-efficiency/

Consider Investments in Efficiency with Extra Cattle Income

Chart 1  Source Livestock Marketing Information Center Most cattlemen have a slight grin on their faces these days.  Cattle have been selling for record prices this summer.  What is causing this major increase in prices?  Primarily there are two key factors: fewer cattle, and cheaper feed. Chart 2 below shows the drastic decline in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/08/23/consider-investments-in-efficiency-with-extra-cattle-income/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/14/impact-of-selection-for-feed-efficiency-of-heifers-on-future-cow-performance/

Making Short-term Investments in Efficiency in the Good Times

Florida agriculture has remained viable and strong through the current economic downturn. The widely held view of financial vigor may have some long-term effects on commodity prices. Negotiations are heating up in Washington D.C. on the 2012 Farm Bill and all indications are it will be very different from past enactments. Pressure is building for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/06/15/making-short-term-investments-in-efficiency-in-the-good-times/

Improving Herd Efficiency

Doug Mayo County Extension Director Jackson County demayo@ufl.edu G. Cliff Lamb Assistant Director, Animal Science Programs University of Florida, North Florida Research & Education Center gclamb@ufl.edu Efficiency has become the new emphasis in agriculture.  There was a time when the goal was simply to maximize production, such as higher yields from our forages and more …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2011/12/16/improving-herd-efficiency/