Spiderling: An Emerging Weed Problem in Peanut and Perennial Peanut

Mature spiderling with green leaves.  Photo Credit:  Jay Ferrell

Jay Ferrell, UF/IFAS Extension Weed Specialist

Spiderling (Boerhavia spp). is an annual/perennial that is becoming more prominent in north Florida. Once only observed on roadsides, spiderling is now becoming established in no-till peanut fields and perennial peanut hay fields.

Spiderling can be identified from a few unique characteristics. Seedling plants often show a deep red/purple …

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Scout Pastures for Toxic Perilla Mint this Fall

Perilla mint in a pasture in Jackson County.  Photo credit:  Doug Mayo

Perilla mint (perilla frutescnes) aka Beefstakeplant is a toxic weed that typically grows in shady, to partially shaded areas, damp spots, woodland edges, and  fence-lines of pastures in the Southeast. Positive identification of this weed has been made in a number of Panhandle Counties, as can be seen in the map developed by the Atlas …

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Fusarium Wilt in Watermelon

Fig. 1: Early wilting symptoms starting on one side of the plant for the disease Fusarium wilt of watermelon.

Dr. Nicholas Dufault, UF/IFAS Plant Pathologist

Recently, there have been some observational data that suggest North Florida watermelon growers are experiencing an increased incidence of Fusarium wilt in their production fields. While it is uncertain what may have caused this increase, it is apparent that management of this disease has become an important topic for …

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Ray & Wanda Davis Santa Rosa County Agricultural Innovators

Ray & Wanda Davis were recognized as Agricultural Innovators by Blake Thaxton, Santa Rosa County Extension

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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Operation Cleansweep Pesticide Collection

Free Pesticide Pick Up

OPERATION CLEANSWEEP 2014 Statewide Pesticide Pick-up

The purpose of Operation Cleansweep is to offer a safe, convenient, and cost effective mechanism for agricultural operations, golf courses, and pest control companies to properly dispose of canceled, suspended, and unusable pesticides.  FDACS is preparing for the first pick-up run to be organized and held in November …

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Vegetable Crops Management Class October 24-25

Veg Crop Class

The University of Florida will provide an introductory commercial vegetable crop production course. The Vegetable Crops Management Class will be held at the North Florida Research and Education Center located in Quincy, Florida on Friday, October 24, 2014 beginning at 4:00PM Eastern Time, and ending at 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

Topics …

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New Pond and Drip Irrigation Fact Sheets added to EDIS

The University of Florida IFAS Extension offers a database of fact sheets available for free download on the Internet called EDIS (Electronic Data Information Source) that has many publications of interest to farmers and ranchers in Northwest Florida. Each fact sheet has a PDF or printer friendly link in the top left corner. The following are just a …

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Got Green Squash? Might be a Virus


While this might be a good thing if you’re growing zucchini, it’s not a good thing if you’re growing yellow squash. If this is the case, chances are you’ve got a virus disease in your squash. This is a very common problem in fall produced cucurbits, especially yellow squash, zucchini, and pumpkin. This problem …

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White Sugarcane Aphid Spreading Across North Florida

A new aphid pest of sorghum has rapidly spread throughout north Florida this summer. Last year the white sugarcane aphid was reported causing damage in Texas, Louisiana, and in the western part of Mississippi. It has now moved eastward into Alabama, north Florida, and Georgia. The aphid was first identified in Santa Rosa County …

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Panhandle Ag e-News Reader Feedback Needed

Panhandle Agriculture e-News celebrated its second anniversary in April of 2014. While the Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team is proud of what we have accomplished, we know it can become better with your feedback. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey and provide comments to help shape the future of this communication …

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