Consider Investments in Efficiency with Extra Cattle Income

Most cattlemen have a slight grin on their faces these days.  Cattle have been selling for record prices this summer.  What is causing this major increase in prices?  Primarily there are two key factors: fewer cattle, and cheaper feed. Chart 2 below shows the drastic decline in the national cattle inventory.  A good portion of …

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Goatweed Spreading West: Found in Holmes County Pastures

Photo 2 Closeup of Goatweed - photo by Shep Eubanks

Recently on a visit to a local cattleman’s pasture, I identified Goatweed (Scoparia dulcis) for the first time in Holmes County.  This weed has been gradually moving west in the Panhandle (Photo 1 below) with recent identifications over the last few years in Jackson and Calhoun counties (Have you seen this Goatweed?).

Goatweed (Scoparia …

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Soybean Rust Update

Soybean Rust is Around but Not on Soybeans

Since its arrival in the United States in 2004, soybean rust has developed into more of a problem in the southeastern U.S, than in other areas of the country.  To monitor disease prevalence and spread, soybean rust sentinel plots have been established throughout the southeastern U.S., where …

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Pepper Spot Showing Up in Panhandle Peanuts

Photo 3 - Pepper Spot Credit-: North Carolina State

As we head into the home stretch of  2014 peanut production, most farmers are working diligently to mange and control leaf spot and white mold in their peanuts. Many farmers are familiar with Early and Late leaf spot and the occasional chemical related spotting on the leaves of their peanuts.  Occasionally, however, we see Pepper …

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Pigweed Suppression Using a Ryegrass Cover Crop

The portion of pasture that was over-seeded with ryegrass provided suppression of spiny pigweed.

Dr. Henry Grant, County Extension Director, Gadsden County Extension Service

Annually, variety recommendations are given to livestock producers for planting cool season grasses such as oats, rye, and ryegrass as a standard to provide winter and spring forage for their animals. While oats can be planted earlier than rye and ryegrass providing some of …

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Yellowing in Peanuts Due to Manganese Deficiency

Recently, I have visited several peanut fields in Holmes County that are demonstrating yellowing foliage that is easily observed from a passing vehicle.  There are several possible causes of symptoms like this including nitrogen problems due to wet soils or poor nodulation of roots, disease conditions like white mold, or a nutrient deficiency or toxicity.  …

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2014 Florida Organic Cost Share Program

Funding Announcement

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received funding from the 2014 National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) , which is a program of the United State Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS). These funds will be used to reimburse growers, handlers, and processors for a portion of …

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2014 Peanut Field Day a Success

Dr. Barry Tillman, NFREC Peanut Breeder, shared the  results of his work with the newer peanut variates.  Photo credit Doug Mayo

The 36th annual UF/IFAS Peanut Field Day took place this past Thursday, August 14th at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna.   The event showcased some of the latest research being conducted on peanut production from the University of Florida, all of which was focused on increasing farmer’s productivity and providing a better …

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UF/IFAS Beef & Forage Field Day October 3

NFREC Beef & Forage Day

Friday, October 3, 2014 UF/IFAS NFREC Beef Research Unit
(One mile west of Greenwood, FL on Hwy 162)

Beef cattle producers find themselves challenged by rising input costs. Given the magnitude of increased expenses, producers are intently focused on the bottom line while seeking both economic and production efficiencies. In response, the University …

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Whole Farm Integrated Pest Management Video Modules

IPM Video

If you are interested in learning how to manage pests using integrated pest management (IPM) strategies on a whole farm or whole landscape level, a team of University of Florida IFAS Extension faculty has developed a series of video modules just for you. These modules were developed at the UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center …

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