Michael Goodchild

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Name: Michael Goodchild
Date registered: July 23, 2012

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Michael Goodchild County Extension Director Walton County (forestry)

Latest posts

  1. Walton County Beef Cattle Seminar – September 21 — September 15, 2017
  2. Converting from Pines to Pastures? Control Weeds before Planting — April 21, 2017
  3. Fall Cattle Seminar September 15 — August 19, 2016
  4. Forestry Seminar June 30 — June 17, 2016
  5. Do Your Part to Stop the Spread of Mosquito Borne Diseases — May 6, 2016

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Walton County Beef Cattle Seminar – September 21

There are roughly 13,000 head of cattle in Walton County, making them an important part of agriculture in this part of the western Florida panhandle.  The University of Florida IFAS Extension Walton County office is offering an educational program to help livestock owners stay competitive and up-to-date on the business. It will be held …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/15/walton-beef-cattle-seminar-september-21/

Converting from Pines to Pastures? Control Weeds before Planting

With the continued expansion of beef cattle in our area, pasture and hay land is becoming scarce for new producers, and others interested in expanding their operation. Most of the counties in the Florida Panhandle have over 60% of their land in timber. Thousands of acres were put in the CRP program back in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/21/converting-from-pines-to-pastures-control-weeds-before-planting/

Fall Cattle Seminar September 15

Thursday, September 15, 2016 4:00 – 7:30 PM Central Time
Paxton Ag Center – 22036 Hwy 331 North – Paxton, FL 32567

Fee: $5.00 – Steak Dinner Included

There are roughly 13,000 head of cattle in Walton County, making them an important part of agricultural in Walton County.  The University …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/08/19/fall-cattle-seminar-september-15/

Forestry Seminar June 30

Forestry Seminar

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Walton County Extension Office

9:45 am2:00 pm

Come learn about the latest on forest herbicides, cogon grass control, predicting future growth of your southern pines, cost-share programs and grazing livestock in the pines. Agenda

Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/06/17/forestry-seminar-june-30/

Do Your Part to Stop the Spread of Mosquito Borne Diseases

Sheila Dunning, Okaloosa Commercial Horticulture Agent

With all the news about the Zika virus spread in Florida, now is the time to start thinking about mosquito protection. As the weather warms, they will be hatching.  Check out where the water is collecting around the farm and in your yard.  The female Aedes aegypti …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/05/06/do-your-part-to-stop-the-spread-of-mosquito-borne-diseases/

Control Burning Newly Planted Longleaf Pines and Saplings

Controlling competing vegetation and brown spot disease are two of the main reasons prescribe burns are recommended for young longleaf plantations:

  • Longleaf pine seedling do not compete well with vegetation, and will stay in the grass stage for years, if vegetation is not controlled by fire, mowing or herbicides. Using improved containerized seedlings, along with …

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  • Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/04/01/control-burning-newly-planted-longleaf-pines-and-saplings/

    Broomsedge Infestations are Highly Visible in Fall Pastures

    It is common place now to see maturing broomsedge in our pasture and hayfields. Broomsedge bluestem (Andropogon virginicus) is not really a sedge at all, but a native grass.  It seems to shoot up overnight after being inconspicuous for most of the growing season. This clump-forming, native warm season grass turns golden brown in the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/10/23/broomsedge-highly-visible-in-fall-pastures/

    Solar Pump Systems for Watering Livestock

    It can be cost-prohibitive to run power lines long distances to provide electricity for pumping water to livestock tanks. One alternative is to install a solar water system. Solar water pumps can be used to pump water from wells, ponds or creeks. Even if you have to dig a well, it is cheaper than …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/06/12/solar-water-systems-for-watering-livestock/

    Converting Planted Pine to Silvopasture Benefits Cattle & Timber

     

    Silvopasture is an agroforestry practice where a combination of trees, forage, and livestock are  jointly managed to optimize production of all three. The term “silvopasture” means “forest-pasture,” where “silvo” is derived from a Latin word that means “forest.” Silvopasture can be established either by planting trees in an existing pasture, or by planting forage …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/01/30/converting-planted-pine-to-silvopasture-benefits-cattle-timber/

    Nolan Adams Honored as Walton 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/2014/10/03/nolan-adams-honored-as-walton-county-agricultural-innovator/

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