Incidence of White Mold (Stem Rot) of Peanuts is Increasing – Protect Your Crop Now.

By Dr. Nicholas S. Dufault, Extension Specialist, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL

The incidence of white mold (a.k.a. stem rot) of peanut is increasing throughout the southeastern U.S. peanut production regions. This pathogen has been reported in multiple field sites throughout Georgia (Dr. Kemerait personal communication) and more recently on perennial …

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Optimizing Peanut Maturity – A Review of Methods and Techniques

By Diane Rowland and Ethan Carter, University of Florida

It’s almost that time of the season again – peanut harvest is just around the corner. With that time of the year comes the tough decision of when to dig peanuts – probably one of the most important decisions a grower can make. The management of …

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How Important is Shrink In Beef Calves

Shrink in beef calves constitutes a potential economic loss to both the seller and the buyer if not fully considered. A number of factors cause shrink, but primarily feed and water deprivation or lack of consumption and exposure to stress have the greatest magnitude. Shrink in beef cattle is the loss of weight as a …

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Cattle Numbers Up, But Prices Down From Last Month

In a report dated July 24, 2015, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has stated there are 98.4 million head of cattle on U.S. Farms. This marks the first inventory increase since the pre-recession days of 2006.

The report also forecast the 2015 calf crop to be 34.3 million head. 24.8 million were …

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Debunking GMO Myths

I have wanted to write an article on Genetically Modified Organisms for a while now, and have started one many times over the past few years. This is a complex and controversial topic, but it is my job, however, to pass along unbiased, scientific knowledge to the citizens of our county and state. So, here …

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Freezer Beef Basics

Kim Mullenix, Ph.D., Extension Beef Cattle Systems Specialist, Auburn University

From time to time people ask about feeding out a few calves for freezer beef.  The following are some basic guidelines for growing and finishing a few head of beef cattle.

Grower Diets: Goals and Guidelines

Calf is weaned at 7 to 9 months …

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Friday Funny: The Farmer and the Pond Crashers

Farmer and Basket

The Crafty Farmer and the Pond Crashing Skinny-Dippers

A well seasoned farmer owned a large farm in the Florida Panhandle.  After years of dedicated hard work on his land, he decided to rent out most of the farm and enjoy his retirement years.  Around his home he developed a huge garden that included a …

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Jackson County Cattlemen’s Tour August 13

The Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association has hosted numerous Farm Tours over its 53 year history.  These tours provide a wonderful opportunity to interact with other cattle producers, and visit a wide variety of operations in the region.  This year the tour is open to any cattle producer in the region who would like to participate.  …

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Heat Stress Management for Dairy Cattle

All livestock are susceptible to heat stress, especially during periods of high humidity such as we are currently experiencing.  Cattle are at particular risk of overheating due to the production of internal heat from fermentation in the rumen (figure 2).  Dairy Farmers especially need to be aware of heat stress symptoms and management to prevent …

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Evaluation of Thrip Resistance to Neonicotinoid Insecticides

Monitoring to evaluate continued susceptibility of pests to pesticides is an important part of any pest management program. Thrips are known for their ability to develop resistance to insecticides. The western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis, has developed resistance to many of the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) chemical classes.

The development of resistance in Florida …

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