Spiderwort: A Troublesome Weed Invading North Florida Hay Fields and Pastures

Figure 1.  Spiderwort can be easily identified by its clusters of colorful flowers with three petals.  Photo credit:  Jay Ferrell

Michael Durham, Jason Ferrell, and Brent Sellers

Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis Raf.) is a native perennial species found throughout the eastern half of the U.S.  It has a large, fleshy stem with leaves that are long and grass-like.  The flowers have three petals about 1/2″ wide and 3/4″ long which …

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New Propiconazole Restrictions for 2016 Peanut Production

Michael J. Mulvaney, Nick Dufault, Bob Kemerait

Peanut growers take note, there are new import restrictions on propiconazole residues in peanuts going to the European Union (EU).  Propiconazole is an active ingredient in the common peanut fungicides Tilt, Tilt/Bravo, Artisan, Stratego, PropiMax, and Bumper.

The restrictions apply only to …

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UF/IFAS offers Heifer Development Program for Cattle Producers

The Florida Heifer Development Program 

Annually beef cattle producers are faced with the decision of how to replace unproductive females within their herd. For most large commercial ranches, developing their own replacement heifers is a viable option, but for many smaller operations (<100 head) it is not as easy.  Whether it is that lack …

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Forest Service offering Cogongrass Control Cost-Share Program

Photo credit:  C. Evans, UGA

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced on April 20, 2016 that the Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program. Applications for the program will be accepted through July 29, 2016.

“Cogongrass is one of the most aggressive weeds in Florida and is capable of rapidly choking …

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Friday Funny: Hearing Test

Honey, what's for dinner?

Doris and Ralph had been married and lived on their farm together for over 40 years.  Ralph noticed that his wife seemed to have trouble hearing him lately and became concerned.  He started thinking she might need to be tested for hearing aids. 

Not quite sure how to approach this subject …

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Beware of the Upcoming Heat – Drought Stress in Vegetables

It happens every year, usually the second week of May, but this year it looks like it may be next week. We are strolling right along, crops are moving beautifully, weather is nearly perfect, and then it happens. Summer shows up. And it often seems to do so very rapidly, over just a few days. …

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Arthropod Pests of Strawberries

Evan Anderson, Walton County Agriculture Agent

Strawberries are currently in full production, and seeing rows of beautiful berries at a u-pick operation, or flats of flawless fruits in the store makes it easy for the consumer to forget how many pests and diseases growers must deal with. Strawberries take a great deal …

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The Cheapest Method to Control Pasture Weeds

Doug Mayo, Jackson County Extension Director & Dr. Jay Ferrell, UF/IFAS Extension Weed Specialist

From time to time people ask, “What is the cheapest way to control weeds in pastures?”  A healthy, vigorous pasture grass will choke out most weeds that try to get established.  Even so, the very best pasture …

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Cotton Marketing News: Discussing Recent Events and the Direction of the Market

Lately, it seems everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.  If we were playing backyard football, the cotton market would get called a penalty for piling on.

Growers are frustrated.  Some growers and agribusinesses are hurting financially after a tough 2015, and 2016 doesn’t look much if any better.  Keeping with the football …

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Horse Owners Urged to Vaccinate against Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. EEE most often infects horses but can also infect humans.  There is no vaccine for humans and approximately 1/3 of those infected die of the disease. The majority of those who survive, suffer brain damage.  The mortality rate in horses is 70-90%, with …

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