Grazing Management Can Improve Pasture Fertility

Jose Dubeux – UF/IFAS NFREC Forage Management Specialist

Introduction-How much of the nutrients cattle consume are recycled back to the pasture?

Livestock consume nutrients contained in forages and feeds and return most of them to the pasture in their waste in the form of manure and urine. On average, 80 to 90% of plant macronutrients …

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Wait on the Right Weather to Plant Bahiagrass

If you are thinking about planting a bahiagrass pasture in the next few weeks you may want to “hold your horses” as they say. Just because it’s warming up and the home improvement stores are running commercials featuring picturesque lawns, doesn’t mean it’s time to plant bahiagrass. Planting bahiagrass pastures now could result in a …

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How to Estimate Wheat Yield

Wheat heads emerging near Marianna, FL. Photo Credit: J. Thompson

This time of year, some wheat farmers may be wondering what kind of yields they will end up with. Yield estimates this week from Jackson County looked very promising, with yields estimated at 84 bushels per acre and 70 bushels per acre at 2 different farms.

Doing a yield estimate is relatively simple to do. …

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Panhandle Ag Team hosts Florida Forage Workers Training

Cattle graze crimson and ball clover in a pasture at Cherokee Ranch, Marianna. Photo credit:  Doug Mayo

The Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team and the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) teamed up to host a training for the UF/IFAS Faculty who work with forages and livestock in Marianna, on April 7th and 8th .  Jose Dubeux, NFREC Forage Management Specialist, and Doug Mayo, Jackson County Extension Director, co-chaired the event that …

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1st Quarter Panhandle Weather Summary

NOAA map showing range of rainfall for the past 90 days compared to normal.

Much of the Panhandle has had above average rainfall during the first quarter of 2014.  While most farmers are getting frustrated because the wet ground has delayed planting preparation, ranchers are smiling because they have finally gotten ideal weather for cool-season forage production.  While there are certainly areas of the Panhandle that have received abundant …

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Tomatoes at Twilight Workshop April 24

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Currently, there is an heirloom tomato variety trial being conducted in a high tunnel structure at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center.  Seven heirloom tomato varieties are being evaluated, along with one hybrid variety, for early season high tunnel production in the western panhandle of Florida.  A workshop will be …

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Applying Nitrogen during Wet Weather

. Nitrogen deficient triticale forage. Notice older leaves are yellow and stems have a purple cast.

Recent rains have been, in many areas of the Panhandle, “too much of a good thing.”  Too much rain can limit farm equipment access to fields, delay scheduled planting, and other management activities, and wash away valuable fertilizer applications.  Nitrogen in particular is mobile and volatile in …

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Large Carpenter Bee Management and Control

Every year beginning in mid-March to early-April, Extension Agents begin to receive inquiries about managing carpenter bees which are attacking barns, eaves, rafters, and other wooden structures.  The bee most commonly responsible for economic damages is typically the large Carpenter bee (see Photo 1)

This is when nesting takes place in structural timbers, fence posts, …

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Farmer’s Market University April 8

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Join Makers, Bakers, and Growers from Jackson and surrounding counties to ignite enthusiasm for your local community farmers markets!  With traditional jobs becoming harder to secure, many local citizens are discovering their love for farming, arts and crafts, baking, and gardening, and are transforming their passions into jobs.

Farmers markets are great catalysts in …

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Beef Cattle Short Course May 7-9

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Overview

Welcome to the 63rd Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course for the cattle industry! The Beef Cattle Short Course is considered one of the premier beef cattle educational events in the Southeast and Gulf Coast regions with significance nationally and globally. The course addresses issues for beef cattle enterprises at an elevated level …

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