The Panhandle Ag Team would like to thank our subscribers for your regular interest and support of Panhandle Ag e-News, and for your helping to spread the word so more producers sign up each week.The Panhandle Ag e-News project began in April of 2012. Over the past seven years, 1,433 articles have been published that are searchable by topic area, keyword, author, or by using the search box provided on the site. The Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team is made up of 40 county agents and state specialists that serve commercial agriculture in Northwest Florida.

In 2018, the Panhandle Ag faculty team contributed 229 articles that provided timely information to farmers and ranchers related to farm management, pest management, best management practice recommendations, plus numerous announcements of upcoming educational events.  Each week links to the most recently published articles were shared through 41 electronic newsletters, as well as through Facebook and Twitter Accounts.   In 2018, readership increased 26% over 2017 with 292,654 page views (802/day), and the number of subscribers rose 4% to 4,396 people.

Readers Choice Awards

At the start of each year the statistics are compared for the articles that were published the previous year, with the authors of the most read articles given recognition for the Reader’s Choice Awards.  There were a number of the articles that were very popular this year, but there were several articles that really stood out. Each week a short YouTube video was shared under the title of “Friday Features.”  In general these videos related to some form of agriculture or farming humor.  The following are the 30 most read articles that were published in 2018, and the 10 most popular Friday Feature videos.

1st Place

MARC Updates Across-Breed EPD Table

Doug Mayo, Jackson County Extension Director wrote a short article that shared the USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) recently revised  Across-Breed EPD Table, which is a performance comparison chart for 18 popular cattle breeds.  This is a very useful tool to compare the EPD of bulls from different breeds.  Doug’s article was read 2,218 times in 2018.

 

2nd Place

Hurricane Michael Agricultural Damage Assessment and Economic Impacts

Doug Mayo, Jackson County Extension Director, provided and overview of the FDACS and UF/IFAS Extension assessments of damages to farms in the Panhandle caused by Hurricane Michael.  Doug’s article was read 1,420 times in 2018.

3rd Place

Introducing the New UF Hay Balancer Decision-Aid for Cattle Ranchers

Nicolas DiLorenzo, UF/IFAS Cattle Nutrition Specialist, unveiled an new spreadsheet tool to help ranchers select the right supplements to compliment hay or baleage, based on the results of a basic a forage test.  Nicolas’ article was read 988 times in 2018.

Honorable Mention

Weed of the Week: Perilla Mint

Kalyn Waters, Holmes County Extension Director, has done a series of articles highlighting problematic pasture weeds.  The article highlighting perilla mint was the most popular one in 2018 with 772 page views.

Other popular articles included:

5 – Bahiagrass Pasture Fertilization – Is it Worth the Money? – 748

6 – Controlling Pocket Gophers in Hay Fields – 639

7 – Federal Programs Available to Help Farmers and Ranchers Recover from Hurricane Michael – 617

8 – 2018 Southern Forage and Hay Outlook – 574

8 – Documentation for USDA-FSA Disaster Relief Programs – 574

9 – Is it Profitable to Add Weight and Sell Heavier Feeder Calves this Year? – 567

10 – Sunn Hemp for Forage or Wildlife Food Plots – 513

11 – Weed of the Week: Arrowleaf Sida “Teaweed” – 490

12 – Understanding Your Generic Base Conversion Options with the New Seed Cotton Program – 470

13 – Using Solar Energy to Pump Water for Livestock – 466

14 – Hurricane Preparation for Your Farm – 404

15 – Fungicide Options for Peanut Producers due to the Expected Chlorothalonil Shortage in 2018 – 391

16 – UF/IFAS Economists: Hurricane Michael Caused $158 Million in Florida Agricultural Production Losses – 377

17 – Useful Smartphone Apps for Cattle Ranchers – 371

18 – Emergency Money for Farm and Business Owners Impacted by Hurricane Michael – 368

19 – Weed of the Week: Chinese Tallow – 339

20 – Atmospheric Temperature Inversions – Why Are They Important To Farmers? – 336

21 – Carinata SPARCs Interest as a Winter Crop for the Southeast U.S. – 324

22 – Limpograss: A Potential Forage Stockpiling Option for North Florida – 323

23 – FSA Offices Accepting Applications for Assistance from Producers Affected by 2017 Hurricanes – 311

24 – Rapid Response Team Deployed to Investigate Peanut Collapse – 310

25 – Farm Bill Seed Cotton and Hurricane Program Updates – 298

26 – Apopka Weevil Confirmed in Jefferson County Nursery – 295

27 – Grass Carp – A Biological Control to Manage Pond Weeds – 292

28 – Florida Forest Service Requirements for Open Burning in Hurricane Michael Impacted Areas – 290

29 – Weed of the Week: Spiderwort – 269

29 – Prices and Payments from the New Farm Bill Program for Cotton – 269

30 – Weed of the Week: Broomsedge – 260

 

Top 10 Friday Feature Videos:

1 –  Almond Dairy Farming 930 (Yes it is very funny)

2 – Cows Assist Deputies with Car Thief Arrest – 741

3 –  PTO Quick Connector – 498

4 – The Ride Over Gate – 407

5 –  Deer Farming in the Panhandle – 396

6 – Satsumas from Farm to Schools – 249

7 – Corn that Acquires Its Own Nitrogen –  216

8 – Shenandoah Dairy Video Farm Tour – 199

9 – Peterson Brother’s Tractor Stuck Parody – 180

10 – Karl Kressman’s the Cow Truck & the Convertible – 171

 

 

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Doug Mayo

Lead Editor for Panhandle Ag e-News - Jackson County Extension Director - Livestock & Forages Agent.My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.Follow me on Twitter @UFCowman, or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UFJacksonCoFL/