Planting Date is Critical for Fusarium Wilt Management in Watermelons

Fusarium wilt is caused by the soil borne fungus Fusarium oxysporum, which continues to be a problem for many Florida watermelon producers. Management of this devastating disease requires an integrated approach that combines conventional and novel techniques. Site selection is a critical step in any watermelon disease management program, and understanding the disease history …

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Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay

Two general statements to begin the discussion:

  • Florida grass hay is generally not sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of a lactating brood cow.
  • A fall/early winter calving season is a fairly standard practice in Northwest Florida.
  • These two statements imply that most lactating brood cows will be fed hay this winter that is incapable …

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    2017 Average Farm Land Rent and Labor Rates

    Some of the most challenging conversations, in almost any relationship, are the ones about money.  This is certainly true as farmers and landowners negotiate lease agreements, or managers and workers negotiate salaries for the year ahead. It can be pretty challenging to determine a “fair price” to rent a specific farm, or to set the …

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    Weed of the Week: Black Cherry

    Black Cherry is common across the southern half of the United States. Mature trees span from 50 to 90 feet tall with an oval silhouette shape, and low branches that normally droop to the ground. This native tree is commonly used for landscaping but can also be  found in pastures and along fence lines.

    The …

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    How Many Replacement Heifers Should You Keep at Weaning?

    Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

    Each year commercial cow/calf operations must decide how many replacement heifers are grown out to be put in the breeding pasture.  Individual ranches must make the decisions about heifer retention based upon factors that directly affect their bottom-line.  Stocking rates may have changed over time …

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    Cow-calf Profitability Better than Expected in 2017

    Source: Livestock marketing Information Center

    Cattle prices during the fourth quarter of 2017 were significantly stronger than expected. Higher prices caused 2017’s calculated cow-calf return over cash costs plus pasture rent to be revised up. In fact, earlier in 2017, the forecast …

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    Farm Bureau Survey Reveals Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years

    Source:  American Farm Bureau

    American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.87.

    The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – came in …

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    Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest Part 2

    In early October we shared the first two videos in the “A Cut Above the Rest” video series produced by Massey Ferguson, that features Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Specialist.  This week we share the third and fourth videos in this series that provides helpful tips for protecting the quality of your hay at harvest.

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    Now is the Time to Soil Test Crop Fields

    Your peanut fields are harvested and you’re probably waiting for those last few bolls to bust open to finish cotton harvest. After that, it’s time to soil test!

    Fertilizer expenses are 46% of your total operational costs in corn in the South. That number is 24% for cotton, and 15% for peanuts. Fertilizer is the …

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    Update – What to Know About the New Temporary Ag Worker Bill?

    The new Temporary Agricultural Workers Visa Program (H-2C bill) passed the United States House Judiciary Committee review last Wednesday. H-2C is described in the Ag Worker Act (HR-4092). H-2C is a proposed update to the current H-2A program. Hopefully the new program will simplify hiring temporary workers for farm work. Before going into the details …

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