Gummy Stem Blight Spreading in Panhandle Watermelons

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Gummy stem blight is a highly destructive, foliar fungal disease of watermelon that can cause yield losses of more than 50%. This disease is currently confirmed in multiple locations in Northwest and Northeast of Florida. Recent weather conditions of high humidity and high temperature have been ideal for gummy stem blight throughout the northern …

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Fireweed: A Burning Problem for Farmers

Fireweed (Urtica chamaedryoides), may not be a pasture weed that causes great economic losses from competition, but it can cause distress to people who come in contact with it in their pastures or around the farm.  Also known as heartleaf nettle, this plant is notorious for causing a burning sensation when it makes contact with …

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Spring is the Ideal Time for Aquatic Herbicide Application

As water temperatures increase aquatic weed growth increases. Be sure to monitor ponds closely and control weeds before the problem gets too large.
Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

Similar to Goldilocks’ porridge, water temperature doesn’t need to be too hot or too cold, it needs to be just right for using aquatic herbicides (70o – 80o F). Here in Florida these optimum water temperatures occur in the spring. Water temperature largely regulates the growth of most aquatic weeds; cool temperatures slow or stop …

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New Sponsorship Adds Major Boost to Southeast Hay Contest

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Since 2004, the Southeastern Hay Contest has been spotlighting high quality hay and baleage production in the Southeast. The SE Hay Contest is run in conjunction with the Sunbelt Ag Expo and our winners are announced each year on the first day of the Expo.

The goal of the contest is to demonstrate the …

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UF/IFAS Carinata Field Day April 28

The University of Florida-IFAS-North Florida Research and Education Center is pleased to announce a Carinata field day on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. University of Florida along with its partners, Agrisoma and Applied Research Associates, are developing optimum varieties of, and best management practices for, Carinata, a crop with proven potential to produce drop-in biofuels. At …

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Peanut Planting and Variety Decisions

Barry Tillman, UF/IFAS Peanut Breeder

Peanut planting time is just around the corner for most of the Florida panhandle, and warm April temperatures across the southeastern peanut belt mean that planting could begin sooner rather than later.  In fact, planting is well underway in Levy, Marion and surrounding counties in central Florida.

There are …

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Cotton Planting “Hopefully” to Begin Soon

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We have had lots of rain across the region during the past week with over 6 inches recorded at the UF/IFAS West Florida REC, as of Thursday the 16th, with more predicted through Sunday. Cotton planting will get into high gear, as soon as fields dry out and conditions are right. Variety selection is …

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Spiderwort Spreading and Could Become a Hay Field Pest

This time each spring you can see purple flowering plants up and down roadsides all across North Florida.  Common Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis), a.k.a. bluejacket, blooms really make the plants standout this time of year.  Typically the blooms are most noticeable in the morning and fade and disappear later in the day.  While many may consider …

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Gulf Coast Small Farm Spring Field Day – May 29

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All commercial vegetable growers are encouraged to attend the 2015 Spring Vegetable Field Day that will be held on May 29th at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research Education Center (4253 Experiment Way, Jay Florida).

This year’s field day stops high tunnel organic tomatoes, high tunnel cucumbers, watermelon variety trial, disease identification control in melons, …

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Africanized Honey Bee First Responder Training May 8

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The UF/IFAS Beekeeping in the Panhandle team is offering an Africanized Honey Bee Emergency Response Training on May 8, 2015 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Central, at the UF/IFAS Extension Washington County office, 1424 Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428.

This training is important not only because of the potential for accidents involving Africanized …

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