Underperforming Food Plots? Three Possible Reasons Why

Deer hunting season has begun in Northwest Florida. As hunters venture into the woods and sit for hours on end they have plenty – sometimes too much – time to contemplate what they could have done, or should do to make their hunting experiences better. These plans for improvement may involve all kinds of things, …

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Carinata Starting to Come Up in Jackson County

Calibrating the small seed box on a grain drill.

This fall several growers in the Panhandle and South Georgia contracted with a company out of Canada called Agrisoma to grow Carinata. Carinata is an oilseed crop that can be used for producing jet fuel, that also has potential for being grown in the South. See Dr. Jim Marois’ post titled Ethiopian Mustard: a …

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Compost Community Honored as Leon County Agricultural Innovator

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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November 2014 Panhandle Weather Summary


Cold weather came early to the Panhandle this year.

Frost around Thanksgiving is not that unusual, but a hard freeze came on November 19th, and set record lows for the area.  Satsuma citrus fruit that had not been harvested was damaged by this early freeze, and perennial pastures went completely dormant somewhat early this winter.

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Public Opinion of Food Safety Webinar December 17

Source:  UF/IFAS PIE Center's food safety public onion survey.

What are the food safety actions that Floridians do and do not practice?  What food safety issues are Floridians concerned about?  What do people think about the safety of organic or local food?  The Public Opinion of Food Safety Webinar will focus on the results of the University of Florida’s Center for Public Issues Education …

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UF/IFAS Extension will Host Farm Bill Trainings in January

Time To Start Thinking About The Farm Bill

In late September, Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack, announced the availability of the ARC/PLC web-based decision tools.  He further announced that farm owners could begin to update their yield history and reallocate base acres through their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.  In addition, the timeline for landowners …

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Tri-state Cucurbit Meeting – January 23

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The 2015 Tri-State Cucurbit Meeting will be held on Friday, January 23, at the Jackson County Agricultural Conference Center, 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Marianna, Florida.

Registration opens at 7:30 AM (Central Time) and the event will end with a sponsored lunch. This meeting will provide the latest research information for commercial growers of watermelons, …

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Liquid Feeds for Winter Cattle Supplementation

Nicolas DiLorenzo, State Beef Specialist, University of Florida NFREC

There’s nothing like the cold mornings of the past two days to remind us about the importance of supplementing our cattle herds with high-energy feeds to help them maintain their body temperature. The thermoneutral zone is defined as the range of temperatures in which cattle are …

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Managing Winter Pastures

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Winter feeding of the cow herd accounts for 40 to 50% of the total variable cost for producing weaned calves. Because winter nutrition is vital to both the calf’s health and the cows reproductive performance, adequate nutrition is essential.

Cool season grasses provide valuable winter and spring grazing when the warm-season perennial grasses are not …

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2014 Gadsden Tomato Forum


2014 Gadsden Tomato Forum December 4, 2014 North Florida Research & Education Center – Quincy, Florida

Hosted by the Gadsden County Extension Service


Presiding: Dr. Henry G. Grant, County Extension Director, UF/IFAS, Gadsden County, FL

A.M.  (Eastern Standard Time)

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:15 Opening Remarks: Dr. Nicholas Cumberford, …

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