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. Converting from Pines to Pastures? Control Weeds before Planting — April 21, 2017
  2. Do Your Part to Stop the Spread of Mosquito Borne Diseases — May 6, 2016
  3. Control Burning Newly Planted Longleaf Pines and Saplings — April 1, 2016
  4. Broomsedge Infestations are Highly Visible in Fall Pastures — October 23, 2015
  5. Solar Pump Systems for Watering Livestock — June 12, 2015

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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/

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/

    When Should I Thin My Pine Trees?

    Pine tree thinning is a key management practice that can increase the long-term productivity and profitability of a timber stand.  Thinning is a partial tree harvest of inferior trees in an immature stand used to accelerate the diameter growth of the superior trees that remain. This accelerated growth is the result of a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/01/25/when-should-i-thin-my-pine-trees/

    Benefits of Prescribed Burning

    Above is a video of a recent prescribed burn in Walton County.

    Benefits of Summer Prescribed Burns

    Most landowners think of winter months (Dec-Feb) when it comes to control burning the piney woods. But once your pine trees start reaching mature heights (50-70 feet) and have been burned previously to reduce understory, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2013/08/02/benefits-of-prescribed-burning/

    Walton County’s New Weather Station will Benefit Producers

    A FAWN (Florida Automated Weather Network) weather station was recently installed at Brown Pit off of Brown Road in North Walton County.  The University of Florida provided Walton County with the $15,000.00 weather station.  

    Anyone can access the data collected by this and other FAWN weather stations at: …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2013/06/13/walton-countys-new-weather-station-to-benefit-producers/

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