Tag Archive: Pasture

Controlling Prickly Pear after Pasture Establishment

Photo 1. Prickly Pear after cultivation and pasture establishment in Gadsden County. Credit: Shep Eubanks UF/IFAS Prickly Pear is one of those tenacious, tough to handle weeds that you hate to find growing in your pastures and hay fields.  It can be very difficult to control and eradicate.  This weed typically spreads and reproduces via …

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UGA Pasture Insect Alert

Bermudagrass Stem Maggot While doing plot work at the Sunbelt Ag Expo late this week, Dr. Lisa Baxter (a post-doc in our program hired to assist with our stem maggot research) and I observed bermudagrass stem maggot pressure in our bermudagrass stands there. Alicia, Coastal, Russell, Tifton 44, and common bermudagrass had all suffered more than 20% …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/16/uga-pasture-insect-alert/

El Niño may Boost Cool-Season Pasture Weeds

Thistle and other cool-season weeds could be more numerous in 2016 due to the El Nino, so producers should scout early and spray while weeds are still small. The summer of 2015 will long be remembered for the consistency and amount of rainfall received. This was a great benefit for the crop farmer, but made …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/11/20/el-nino-may-boost-cool-season-pasture-weeds/

Tropical Soda Apple – Not Just a Pasture Weed

Tropical Soda Apple in Mature Pine Stand in Gadsden County Photo Credit: Shep Eubanks Every fall, about the time deer hunters begin hanging their tree stands for bow season I get calls wanting to know what this wicked weed is that is growing in the woods.  Many of our North Florida cattlemen are well familiar …

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Integrating Perennial Peanut into Bahia Pasture Field Day October 9

Research trials currently being conducted at the NFREC Marianna are evaluating methods for integrating perennial peanut into bahiagrass pastures for improved cattle and pasture performance. Photo credit: Jose Dubeux The University of Florida has conducted several research and on-farm trials to evaluate the potential integration of perennial peanut into bahiagrass pastures.  One of their on-farm …

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Principles of Pasture Productivity Seminar Series

Everyone who has grazing livestock needs to understand the fundamental principles of forage production. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Making the grass grow is not as simple or easy as many of us would like it to be. Even so, it is essential to successful livestock operations. Anyone who has grazing livestock needs to understand the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/08/principles-of-pasture-productivity-seminar-series/

Dogfennel: Ugly Pasture Weeds that Reduce Bahia Production

Dogfennel will decrease forage production. Photo credit: John Atkins According to B. A. Sellers and J. A. Ferrel in their publication Dogfennel (Eupatorium capillifolium): Biology and Control Dogfennel is currently the number one most commonly occurring pasture weed in Florida.  Dogfennel (Eupatorium capillifolium) is an aggressive native perennial found throughout much of the Southeast. Dogfennel …

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Fireweed: a Pasture Weed that will Light You Up!

Fireweed (Urtica chamaedryoides) photo by Brent Sellers Fireweed is growing well in the Panhandle and I have had a couple of calls this week regarding this plant. This winter annual stinging nettle will definitely light you up! I remember the first time I ever encountered Fireweed (Urtica chamaedryoides) while working on fence adjacent to my dad’s …

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Pasture Soil Fertility Essential to Prevent Broomsedge Infestations

Broomsedge bluestem goes by many common names; broom grass, broom sage, sage brush, etc. No matter the name it is a sign of poor soil fertility. Broomsedge bluestem, or Andropogon virginicus L. is quite conspicuous this time of year. Its tall stems are the most noticeable feature in many fields. While these tall stems blowing in …

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Grazing Management Can Improve Pasture Fertility

Figure 1. Soil nutrient concentration at different pasture locations according to the distance from shade and water; zone 1 is the closest zone to shade and water, zone 2 is an intermediate zone, and zone 3 is the remaining area of the pasture (Dubeux et al., 2006). Jose Dubeux – UF/IFAS NFREC Forage Management Specialist …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/11/grazing-management-can-improve-pasture-fertility/

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