Temporary Pastures Can Hide Ugly Surprises

Coffee weed in a loafing area adjacent to winter grazing. Sickle pod and crotalaria are even more toxic.
Photo credit: Jed Dillard

Using row crop land for cool season grazing is one of the great opportunities for North Florida livestock operations. Early crops come out in time to allow seedbed preparation for planting, and late harvested crops can be aerially over-seeded with ryegrass. Corn and soybean residue can be grazed by dry cows, if it’s not double …

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Mechanical Pruning of Muscadine Grapevines

Muscadine grapevines  Photo credit:  Pete anderson

Muscadine grapes (Vitis rotundifolia Michx.) subgenus Muscadinia are different from European and American bunch grapes (subgenus Euvitis) in chromosome number, vine and berry morphology, and juice characteristics. In contrast to Euvitis grapes, very little data is available concerning training and pruning methods. A two wire vertical training (2WV), a single wire bilateral cordon (BC) and …

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Agritourism: a Growing Industry in the Panhandle

Agritourism - Corn Maze

Agritourism is an industry that provides alternative income opportunities for Panhandle agricultural producers, while providing recreational opportunities for tourists, schools, churches, and other organizations.  Agritourism activities also promote agriculture, and the vital role that agriculture plays in our daily lives, and the Florida economy.  It combines Florida’s two largest industries– tourism and agriculture – and …

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The Peanut Butter Challenge is Underway

Why Peanut Butter?

The 2014 Peanut Butter Challenge is now underway in every county in the Panhandle. The PB Challenge is a food collection drive of peanut butter from within each of the 16 UF/IFAS Extension Northwest District Counties.  In addition to what is collected from the Peanut Butter Challenge, the Florida Peanut Producers Association  provides …

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Marvel & Justin Williams Honored as Holmes County Agricultural Innovators

On Thursday August 21, 2014, twelve Innovative Farmers and Ranchers were recognized by University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida at the Jefferson County Opera House, in Monticello.  This is the fourth year these two organizations have teamed up to honor a selection of the most innovative farmers from the Florida …

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Dairy Margin Protection Program Seminars

The 2014 Farm Bill provides new insurance options for dairy farms.  Photo credit:  Doug Mayo

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and University of Florida/IFAS Extension are teaming up to offer educational seminars to help dairy farmers understand the new risk management program created for them by the 2014 Farm Bill.  Dairy farmers have until November 28, to sign up for the coverage of their choice for 2015.  Dr. John …

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The Majestic Longleaf: One of the South’s Distinguished Trees

Steeped in history, the majestic longleaf (Pinus palustris) is an economically and ecologically important tree species of the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains. Its species name “palustris” means “of the marsh,” and although it is commonly associated with sandy, well drained areas, the longleaf pine is adapted to a range of soil types. Once the …

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Sesame Production: A New Crop for Florida

For the past four years, Dr. Diane Rowland, a Crop Physiologist with the UF Agronomy Department, and Elena Toro, Agriculture Extension Agent in Suwannee County have been researching and working with growers on sesame production in Florida. In the U.S., sesame has traditionally been grown in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. It is marketed exclusively …

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Carbon Credit Markets May Be Making A Return


A newly released UF/IFAS publication, “An Overview of Carbon Markets for Florida Forest Landowners,” reviews options for forest land managers, who are seeking a new source of revenue. It comes on the heels of a June 2, 2014 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy announcement.

The EPA release announced its intention to reduce CO2 emissions …

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September 2014 Weather Summary

Rainfall estimates for September 2014 provided by the National Weather Service.

Many areas of the Panhandle finally got more normal rainfall again in September, after two months of dry weather.  Like previous months, however, there was considerable variation.  The areas highlighted in yellow or green had less than 3″, while the areas in hot pink had over 10″ in September.  The Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) …

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