Looking Forward: UF/IFAS Forage Breeding Update

It is hot outside and the furthest thing from most cattleman’s minds is what forages to plant this fall. Next week, the University of Georgia, Auburn University, and University of Florida forage workers meet to discuss winter forage trial results from this past year to decide on recommendations for fall forage plantings for our tri-state …

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Tips for Controlling Armyworms in Hay Fields

Every summer, fall armyworm moths fly up from South Florida to lay their eggs in well fertilized hay fields and forage crops in the the tri-state region.  The timing of the first major infestations varies from year to year, from May through August.  Judging by reports that have come in to the Extension Office this …

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Fertilizing Late Planted Cotton

Fertilizing cotton is always a major factor that affects yield in the Panhandle. Last year we saw plenty of cotton fields run out of nitrogen (N) during the summer with the relentless rains. We also saw growers trying to apply N, through irrigation or ground, when it was too late to do any good. So …

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Area Ranchers Enjoy Jackson Cattlemen’s Tour

Commercial cattle herd at Bigham Farms, near Malone.

The Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association hosted a farm tour on Thursday, July 17.  There were 75 cattle ranchers from Jackson, Washington, Holmes, and Calhoun Counties, as well as surrounding Alabama and Georgia counties that participated in the tour.  Three farms and a feed mill hosted the group.

The first stop on the tour was a …

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Chikungunya Arbovirus – A New Mosquito Borne Illness in Florida

Asian Tiger Mosquito Photo by Sean McCann, UF/IFAS Florida Mosquito Database

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.   It is also called “contorted fever” or “that which bends up.” The virus is cycled between mosquitoes and humans, and there is no vaccine against Chikungunya virus.  Two species of mosquitoes can transmit Chikungunya virus, and both are present in Florida: Aedes aegypti, also called …

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Considerations for the 2014 Hay Season

Hay storage options at UF-NFREC. Photo: N. DiLorenzo

Nicolas DiLorenzo, State Beef Specialist, University of Florida NFREC

With the hay season in full swing, we are now ready to reap the benefits of the combination of temperature and moisture to be able to (hopefully) lower our feed bill later in the year when the grass is gone. When you are reading this you …

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Stem Maggots Coming to Panhandle Bermudagrass Fields

Bermudagrass Stem Maggot Likely to Increase in North Florida

Liza Garcia-Jimenez, UF/IFAS NFREC IPM Program

The first high populations of Bermudagrass stem maggot (BSM), Atherigona reversura, are now occurring in Central Florida and likely will be seen in North Florida any day now, if not already. The adult stage of this pest are small …

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Jefferson Grazing Series to Focus on Best Management Practices

Learn how to make the grass greener on YOUR side of the fence!

Photo by Jed Dillard

Effective grazing management is a dynamic dance between maximizing animal performance and maintaining healthy pastures, preventing erosion and maintaining water quality. Join us on Tuesday, July 15 for the next session of the Jefferson Grazing Series. We’ll learn what Best Management Practices (BMP’s) are and how working with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer …

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Registration Open for Fall Tomato School

This fall don’t miss the opportunity to learn, while getting your hands dirty, how to grow Tomatoes! Gulf Coast Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises presents Fall Tomato School beginning September 2nd.  This workshop is intended to teach small farmers and other interested participants how to produce high quality tomatoes for fresh market.  Not only …

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June Panhandle Weather Summary

NWS June 14 Rainfall estimates

The National Weather Service rainfall estimates in the graphic above show the wide variation in rainfall that fell in June 2014.  Over 10 inches fell in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties, while portions of Jackson, Washington, Gadsden, and Jefferson Counties got less than 2″ in June.  The graphic below shows how the June rainfall …

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