Monthly Archive: August 2013

Biting Flies This Fall

We often consider the end of summer a time when nuisance insects are decreasing in numbers, but there is one insect that is reaching peak numbers at this time of year.  The Stable Fly or Dog fly, Stomoxys calcitrans,  can occur at all times of the year, but populations are heaviest in late Summer through …

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Does Your Sprinkler System Know It Has Rained?

At the halfway point through 2013, cumulative rainfall amounts for the calendar year were near normal, on average, across the Northwest Florida Water Management District.  January, March and May were rather dry.  Yet, February, April and June had an abundance of rain.  Then, in early July, an unusual persistent mass of moist tropical air brought …

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Edible Blossoms For You!

Brightly colored garden Nasturtium

Add the easy-to-grow garden nasturtium to your vegetable or flower garden! Dress up a ho-hum salad with a vibrant blossom or two just like some of the high-end restaurants. The first taste you experience will be sweetness and then a pleasant peppery flavor emerges. Not only can you eat the flowers but the leaves can …

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Florida Pecan Field Day – Thursday September 5th

Florida Pecan Field Day and Florida Pecan Growers’ Association Annual Meeting Jefferson County Extension Office 2729 West Washington Street Monticello, Florida 8:30 AM, EDT Thursday September 5th Harvest time is coming for Florida pecan growers. Demand is up, irrigation needs are down, and fungus pressure has been a serious problem over the entire Southeast. Producers …

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What is that Web in my Pecan Tree?

It is that time of year where mysterious webs have invaded pecan trees throughout the Southeast United States.  This is definitely the case in the panhandle of Florida.  Many have called into the extension office asking for identification of the web mass in their pecan trees.  It is the Fall Webworm that has made a …

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Cercospora: A Summer Fungal Disease Problem

    This summer’s rainy and humid weather has created a perfect environment for the proliferation of a variety of fungal diseases. In particular, Cercospora is a genus of fungus of which there are over 1,200 different species. Because there are so many species of this fungus, many different plant species are affected including many …

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Disposing Of Grass Clippings Can Be A Pain But Alternatives Exist

As if mowing the lawn wasn’t trouble enough, dealing with and disposing of grass clippings is a major pain. Clumps of grass clippings left on the lawn are unsightly and cause the grass beneath them to turn yellow due to a lack of sunlight as well as oxygen. That problem is somewhat eliminated if you …

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What is going on with these Okra roots?

Question of the Week. What is the problem with the roots on this dead Okra(Abelmoschus esculentus) plant? Please post your comments below. The answer will be revealed next week ! Answer: Root Knot Nematodes ! Author: Blake Thaxton – bthaxton@ufl.edu Santa Rosa County Extension Agent I, Commercial Horticulture

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Asian Cockroach – Is it a Pest of the Home or the Garden?

When people first see Asian cockroaches they may think they are seeing little flying moths. Or they may believe they are seeing German cockroaches because the two species look similar. Keen observation will indicate that there are differences, particularly in behavior.  In appearance, both German and Asian cockroach adults are about 5/8 inch long and are brown in …

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Soil Testing Can Save You Money Later

  Often, vegetable gardeners that I work with through the Walton County Extension office pose the question: Why should I take a soil sample? I always answer that soil testing will determine whether lime and fertilizer need to be applied to the soil to support good plant growth. Soil sampling must be done prior to the planting …

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