Jennifer Bearden

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Name: Jennifer Bearden
Date registered: October 13, 2011

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Agriculture Agent Okaloosa County

Latest posts

  1. Using Solar Energy to Pump Water for Livestock — May 11, 2018
  2. Sunn Hemp for Forage or Wildlife Food Plots — April 20, 2018
  3. Diagnosing the Cause of Yellowing Peanut Fields — August 18, 2017
  4. Spring is a Good Time to Scout Pastures for Toxic Weeds — March 24, 2017
  5. Weed Control During Drought — December 2, 2016

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Using Solar Energy to Pump Water for Livestock

Sometimes the cost of running overhead power lines to power remote pumps is cost prohibitive on large acreages.  This causes farmers and ranchers to look for alternative energy sources.  In Florida, a great energy source is solar energy.

There are many advantages to using solar energy to pump water for livestock.  It is a definite …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/11/using-solar-energy-to-pump-water-for-livestock/

Sunn Hemp for Forage or Wildlife Food Plots

Sunn hemp is a fast growing, warm season, annual legume.  It grows 6-7 feet tall.  Sunn hemp can tolerate a wide range of soil pH (5.0-8.4).  It is native to India and Pakistan.  The University of Hawaii and USDA NRCS, together, released the variety called “Tropic Sun” in 1982.  This variety only makes seed during …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/20/sunn-hemp-for-forage-or-wildlife-food-plots/

Diagnosing the Cause of Yellowing Peanut Fields

It happens every year. You cruise peanut fields and see spots of yellowing in a field.  The million dollar question is, “What is causing this yellowing?”  Unfortunately, there are many answers to this question. Problems that cause yellowing in peanuts can Include:

Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/18/diagnosing-the-cause-of-yellowing-in-peanut-fields/

Spring is a Good Time to Scout Pastures for Toxic Weeds

Spring is a good time to walk your pastures to scout for toxic weeds. Summer pastures are just greening up, but are still short, and warm season weeds are just beginning to pop up out of the ground.  In almost every case, it is much easier to kill small weeds as young plants, than to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/spring-is-a-good-time-to-scout-pastures-for-toxic-weeds/

Weed Control During Drought

Herbicide failures are common during extended dry periods. This is frustrating for the pesticide applicator due to wasted time and chemicals.  There are logical reasons why certain herbicides fail during droughts.

There are two main reasons why herbicides fail in drought situations:

  • Less herbicide absorption through the leaf surface (uptake).
  • Translocation of herbicide within …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/12/02/weed-control-during-drought/

Fungus Keeping Kudzu Bugs below Thresholds on Soybeans

Kudzu bugs are a fairly new pest for our area but are already familiar to residents in Northwest Florida.  Researchers are continuously studying new pests to make research-based control recommendations.

One research project (UGA research article) is investigating a fungus, Beauveria bassiana, that infects kudzu bugs.  Beauveria bassiana causes white muscadine disease which is fatal for many insects.  Beauveria bassiana affects kudzu …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/07/15/fungus-keeping-kudzu-bugs-below-thresholds-on-soybeans/

Are Flies Bugging your Horses?

There are many external parasites that effect horses. Some are just annoying but some transmit deadly diseases.  The world’s deadliest creature is also a menace to horses.  These creatures transmit Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis, Western Equine Encephalomyelitis, Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis and West Nile viruses.  This deadly creature is the mosquito.  Our best defense against these deadly …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/07/01/are-flies-bugging-your-horses/

Horse Owners Urged to Vaccinate against Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. EEE most often infects horses but can also infect humans.  There is no vaccine for humans and approximately 1/3 of those infected die of the disease. The majority of those who survive, suffer brain damage.  The mortality rate in horses is 70-90%, with …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/04/22/horse-owners-urged-to-vaccinate-against-eastern-equine-encephalitis/

Sugarcane Aphids could make Pearl Millet a Better Option than Forage Sorghums

The sugarcane aphid, Melanaphis sacchari, has been very active this summer in Northwest Florida.  Typically, we are talking about grain sorghum when we warn about this pest.  However, the pest was found to be significantly damaging forage sorghum in Okaloosa County.

Control measures are very limited.  Recently, an appeals court revoked EPA’s approval of sulfoxaflor, that has …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/09/18/sugarcane-aphids-could-make-pearl-millet-a-better-option-than-forage-sorghums/

Gary & Susan Holley honored as Okaloosa Agricultural Innovators

On Tuesday August 4, 2015, 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 fifth 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/2015/08/14/gary-susan-holley-honored-as-okaloosa-agricultural-innovators/

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