Blake Thaxton

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Name: Blake Thaxton
Date registered: July 12, 2012

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Santa Rosa County Extension Agent I, Commercial Horticulture

Latest posts

  1. Battling Scab in Panhandle Pecan Trees — September 22, 2017
  2. Where to Start with Marketing Fresh Produce? — April 28, 2017
  3. Using the Linear Bed Foot System for Vegetable Fertilization — August 26, 2016
  4. High Tunnel Exclusion Systems for Improved Pest Management — August 26, 2016
  5. Satsumas Return to North Florida — July 29, 2016

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Battling Scab in Panhandle Pecan Trees

Pecans are grown throughout the Panhandle of Florida. The western side of the Panhandle tends to be acreage dedicated to home gardeners, while the eastern counties have more commercial acreage. Regardless, many in the agriculture community are interested in pecans, because they either grow them commercially, or have some planted on their farm for local …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/22/battling-scab-in-panhandle-pecan-trees/

Where to Start with Marketing Fresh Produce?

The local food movement has grown tremendously over the past several years. People have become more interested in how their food is produced and where it comes from. New farms have popped up to try to satisfy this demand. You might be one of these new farmers and you probably chose to take this endeavor …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/28/where-to-start-with-marketing-fresh-produce/

Using the Linear Bed Foot System for Vegetable Fertilization

Some production systems, particularly vegetables, utilize wide row spacing (anywhere from 4 to 8 foot wide). In these systems it is of economic and environmental importance to fertilize the crop root zones evenly, and not fertilize the row middles, where nutrients will go to waste or could even become a pollutant. The linear bed foot …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/08/26/using-the-linear-bed-foot-system-for-vegetable-fertilization/

High Tunnel Exclusion Systems for Improved Pest Management

Author: Jose Perez, UF/IFAS Small Farms Extension Coordinator

Dr. Ayanava Majumdar is an Extension Entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. His work focuses on finding practical solutions for managing insect pests that affect peanut and vegetable crops. “Dr. A,” as he is commonly known, has developed a very strong relationship …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/08/26/high-tunnel-exclusion-systems-for-improved-pest-management/

Satsumas Return to North Florida

Author: Jose Perez, UF/IFAS Small Farms Extension Coordinator

Tour a Satsuma Grove on October 11

There was a time when citrus production was booming in North Florida. In the 1920’s, Jackson County, Florida, was known as the Satsuma capital of the World. Satsuma is a citrus variety with excellent eating quality that is cold …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/07/29/satsumas-return-to-north-florida/

Leaf Mold Infecting High Tunnel Tomatoes

High tunnels have gained popularity in Florida over the past 10 years.  The USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service EQIP program and others like it have increased high tunnel acreage in Florida from none being reported in 2001, to 186 acres in 2013 according to a UF/IFAS statewide survey. Although the use of this version …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/04/08/leaf-mold-infecting-high-tunnel-tomatoes/

Cover Crops can Boost the Fertility of Subsequent Cash Crops

Fall crops are the focus of many small farmers in Florida this time of year, but it would be prudent to take a peak forward and start planning for the spring season. Many small farmers that sell directly to consumers at venues like farmers markets and farm stands feel the demand from consumers for “Local,” …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/10/30/small-farms-cover-crop-fertility/

High Tunnels Can Exclude Vegetable Pests

High tunnel crop production has steadily increased in Northwest Florida, with many utilizing funding from the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). There are many benefits to high tunnel production with crop earliness being the most talked about. Another major benefit being observed through trials in Jay, FL, at the UF/IFAS …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/06/19/high-tunnels-can-exclude-vegetable-pests/

Tomato Variety Selection for the Florida Panhandle

It’s time to order seed and get transplants started for a spring tomato crop.  Which tomato cultivar should a producer select and what criteria should be used for selection?  There are many factors that go into every decision made on a vegetable farm but here are few that will help with selecting the proper cultivar:

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/02/06/tomato-variety-selection-for-the-florida-panhandle/

Compost Community Honored as Leon County Agricultural Innovator

On Thursday August 21, 2014, twelve Innovative Farmers and Ranchers were recognized by University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida at the Jefferson County Opera House, in Monticello.  This is the fourth year these two organizations have teamed up to honor a selection of the most innovative farmers from the Florida …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/12/12/compost-community-honored-as-leon-county-agricultural-innovator/

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