Cheryl Mackowiak

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Name: Cheryl Mackowiak
Date registered: July 8, 2013
URL: http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu

Latest posts

  1. Winter Pastures Looking Yellow? It Could be a Sulfur Deficiency — October 27, 2017
  2. When is the Best Time to Fertilize Your Perennial Pastures? — June 2, 2017
  3. Tools for Assessing Soil Moisture — January 6, 2017
  4. Are Your Forages Getting Enough Water? — July 29, 2016
  5. Perennial Peanut Field Day July 23 — July 15, 2016

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Winter Pastures Looking Yellow? It Could be a Sulfur Deficiency

Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS NFREC Soils Specialist

As producers near the end of cover crop and cool-season forage planting in the Southeastern U.S., it is time to focus on fertilization.  Depending upon your state, extension professionals have establish guidelines for how much and when to apply nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) fertilizers to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/27/winter-pastures-looking-yellow-it-could-be-a-sulfur-deficiency/

When is the Best Time to Fertilize Your Perennial Pastures?

Cheryl Mackowiak, Soils Specialist

It is June and we are fast approaching the longest day of the year (June 21st). You may wonder what day length has to do with timing your fertilizer applications. In general, perennial pasture grasses are photoperiod sensitive. In other words, their growth and flowering (seed head formation) respond to day …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/02/when-is-the-best-time-to-fertilize-your-perennial-pastures/

Tools for Assessing Soil Moisture

The exceptionally dry fall, followed by above average rainfall in December surprised many and it has been problematic for those trying to plant and manage winter cover or forage crops. Many might be wondering if their soils have enough moisture reserve to support a cover crop if you decide to try a late planting. This …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/06/tools-for-assessing-soil-moisture/

Are Your Forages Getting Enough Water?

Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS NFREC Soils Specialist

Forages, as with all plants, require light, water and nutrients. Even if you cannot control water inputs because you are on non-irrigated land, you may find it useful to know the water status of your soils to help estimate yields. Water deficits can lead to slowed growth …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/07/29/are-your-forages-getting-enough-water/

Perennial Peanut Field Day July 23

Perennial Peanut Field Day Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

9:30 AM EST Registration – $10 per person
UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy, Florida

The Perennial Peanut Producers Association and the University of Florida are teaming up to host a tour of ongoing perennial peanut research at the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/07/15/perennial-peanut-field-day-july-23/

Salvaging Winter Forage Production this Year

Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS NFREC Soils Specialist

Cool-season forages took a hit this year from challenging growing conditions. Summer extended into winter, so perennial summer grasses remained competitive with the cool-season forage plantings all the way into December and January. Diseases were much more plentiful, particularly on fall-planted annual ryegrass. In addition, heavy fall and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/03/18/salvaging-winter-forage-production-this-year/

Fertilization Tips for Cool-Season Pastures

Prepare your land for winter grazing by closely grazing or mowing down the existing pasture in the fall, prior to planting. This results in less water, nutrient, and light competition with the emerging cool-season forages. You can also till an area for producing cool-season forages. Forages started in tilled soil will grow faster and often …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/10/23/fertilization-tips-for-cool-season-pastures/

UF/IFAS Evaluating Soil Mapping Technology for Variable Rate Applications

The next generation of agriculture Best Management Practices (BMPs) will likely include new soil mapping technologies. Resulting maps are increasingly being used to guide variable applications of irrigation, fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides in the field. On-the-go soil sensors have spatial dependence ranges less than the distances used by USDA soil surveys, or even most grid …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/05/29/ufifas-evaluating-soil-mapping-technology-for-variable-rate-applications/

Choosing the Correct Liming Material

Based upon the recommendations of a reputable soil pH report, this time of year may be a good time to apply lime to your soil. Depending on the crop you are planting, recommended liming requirements are intended to adjust the soil pH, so that availability of macronutrients such as Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/01/16/choosing-the-correct-liming-material/

EEF Nitrogen: What is it, and do you Need it?

As fertilizers get more expensive and the need to protect environmentally sensitive areas increases, farmers are looking for more efficient nitrogen (N) fertilizers. The Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) has defined enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEF) as “fertilizer products with characteristics that allow increased plant uptake and reduce the potential of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/08/08/eef-nitrogen-what-is-it-and-do-you-need-it/

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