The Diamondback Moth: A Major Pest of Cole Crops

Matt Lollar, Jackson County Horticulture Agent

Diamondback moths were recently discovered in a greenhouse crop of arugula in Jackson County, and they may soon be moving to a field near you.  Diamondback moths can be detrimental to cole crops. Adults are approximately ¼ inch long, skinny, and have long antennae. They have a …

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A New Website For Selecting Plants to Enhance Ecosystem Services

In a previous Panhandle Ag-e Newsletter article (Tools for Trapping Pests and Attracting Beneficial Insects), I described some new multifunctional tactics to monitor pests and enhance beneficial insects. Here we are publicizing a new website that will be online within the next few weeks which will enable selection of plant species for any type …

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Increasing Income from Calves Sold at your Local Livestock Market

While cattle producers have always worked hard to minimize input costs of their operation, there are also management practices that can increase the income from calves sold at your local livestock market. The weight and quality of calves can make a significant difference in the price buyers are willing to pay for your calves. There …

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Enhancing Sustainability Options for Farmers

Enhancing Sustainability Options for Farmers

Article by Margaret Lawrence, News Unit Manager, Alabama Cooperative Extension

Weather is one of farming’s greatest challenges. But Dr. Brenda Ortiz, a corn and grain crops specialist with Alabama Extension, says farmers’ abilities to manage production risks …

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Southern Pine Beetle Assistance Program Now Accepting Applications

Applications From Private Forest Landowners Will Be Accepted June 6-July 18

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program. The sign-up period will run from June 6 through …

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Dogfennel: Ugly Pasture Weeds that Reduce Bahia Production

Dogfennel will decrease forage production.  Photo credit:  John Atkins

Dogfennel is one of the most commonly occurring pasture weeds in Florida. University of Florida Weed Specialists, Brent. Sellers and Jay. Ferrel developed a publication specifically to address this troublesome pasture weed.

 Dogfennel (Eupatorium capillifolium) is an aggressive native perennial found throughout much of the Southeast. Dogfennel is particularly troublesome in unimproved or overgrazed pastures …

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Summer Annual Forage Update

Ann Blount, Forage Breeder, NFREC-Marianna

After a very cold and wet winter across much of the south, many of us are still reeling from low hay inventories and delayed winter forage growth. With the last few days of night temperatures above 50 0F, many of our winter pastures are exploding in …

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Identify Cogongrass Now: Look for the Seedheads

Cogongrass seadheads are easily spotted this time of year.
Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

We are well into spring and a wide variety of plants are showing off their colorful blooms. As lovely as most of the blooms are, some springtime colors are an unwelcome sight. Such is the case with the showy, white seedhead that is produced by Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica). The presence of Cogongrass – a highly …

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New EDIS Fact Sheets added this Spring

The University of Florida IFAS Extension offers a database of fact sheets available for free download on the Internet called EDIS (Electronic Data Information Source) that has many publications of interest to farmers and ranchers in Northwest Florida. Each fact sheet has a PDF or printer friendly link in the top left corner. The following are just a …

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Injection Site BQA Tips at Calf-working Time

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

The month of May is traditionally the time when “spring round-ups” take place.  This is the time that large and small cow/calf operations schedule the “working” of the calves.  As the majority of the calves reach their second month of life, it is time …

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