Disease Management Strategies for the 2017 Watermelon Season

by Nicholas S. Dufault, Bimal S. Amaradasa and Mason J. Newark

With the watermelon production season starting in Florida, now is a good time to either begin or modify disease management strategies for this crop. There are many things to consider when planning a disease management program, but there are three strategies to consider when …

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Winter Management Reminders for Panhandle Beekeepers

January and February are pivotal months for area beekeepers. Although our warm climate is great for beekeeping, there are a few things to keep in mind while managing bee colonies this time of year.

For general management, it’s important to feed colonies in January and February, especially if the colony seems light. It’s also a …

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Farm Day 2017 – February 1

Florida and Alabama row crop farmers are welcomed to attend the 2017 Farm Day program on February 1st at Grace Fellowship Church, 1412 E Nashville Avenue in Atmore. Thanks to generous agribusiness support, the event is free. Registration starts at 8 am.

Topics to be discussed are as follows:

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Cotton Marketing News: Improved Market Provides Opportunity

March futures have improved.  January has thus far been a good month.  The big question and the uncertainty is whether or not this will last.  No one can be sure.  So if you’re a producer and have been looking for an opportunity to sell a portion of remaining 2016 crop, January has thus far …

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Escambia – Santa Rosa Pesticide Applicator Class – February 24

Are you in need of a private pesticide applicator’s license?  Lacking a few CEUs for license renewal?  

Please join us at the annual Escambia-Santa Rosa Pesticide Applicator class on February 24, 2017.  This year, our meeting will be held at the Walnut Hill Community Center (Ruritan), located at 7850 Highway 97 in Walnut …

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Farm Worker Protection Standard Updates take Effect in 2017

Beverly James, UF/IFAS Communications Service

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is getting the word out on updates to the federal Worker Protection Standard. Changes take effect January 2017.

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation originally issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992, but was most …

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Timber Tax Workshops for Landowners, Foresters, Accountants, and Attorneys – January 23, 26, or 31

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is offering workshops on income tax issues related to owning timberland and the production of forest products. The following topics will be covered:

  • Tax aspects of acquiring land
  • Allocating basis
  • Setting up timber accounts
  • Using separately identifiable properties
  • Calculating depletion allowance
  • Reporting income from harvesting timber
  • Reporting the cost of …

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Atmore AL Cotton Production Meeting – February 14

The annual Auburn Cotton Production meeting will be held on  February 14, 2017 at Grace Fellowship Church, located on 1412 East Nashville Avenue in Atmore, AL.

A great line up of speakers will share on the following topics:

  • 2017 Crops Update
  • Variety Comparisons
  • Scouting
  • New Chemistry
  • What we learned from 2016

The meeting starts …

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Atmore AL Peanut Production Meeting – February 22

Alabama and Florida farmers are welcomed to join us for the Atmore Peanut Production meeting on February 22 at 11:00 am.  The meeting will be held at Grace Fellowship Church, 1412 East Nashville Avenue in Atmore, AL.

Topics that will be covered:

  • Market Outlook
  • Variety Selection
  • Insect Control
  • Disease Update

All are welcomed, but …

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Friday Feature: Autonomous (Self-Driving) Tractors

At the end of 2016, Case IH revealed a new concept tractor that could revolutionize farming in the future – Autonomous or self driving tractors.  Imagine the ability to have a programmed tractor that could disk or spray pesticides on it’s own, or a tractor pulling a grain cart that followed the combine in …

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