Ray Bodrey

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Date registered: February 16, 2016

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Gulf County Extension Director, Agent II Agriculture & Natural Resource, Horticulture, Sea Grant

Latest posts

  1. Land Clearing Can Lure Ambrosia Beetles — December 1, 2017
  2. Cogongrass Spreading in the Panhandle — June 23, 2017
  3. Winter Management Reminders for Panhandle Beekeepers — January 20, 2017
  4. Perennial Peanut, A Great Choice for Panhandle Pastures and Landscapes — September 16, 2016
  5. Panhandle Citrus Producers Need to Know Symptoms of Canker and Greening — August 5, 2016

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Land Clearing Can Lure Ambrosia Beetles

Questions come into the Extension Office from time to time about why sawdust is accumulating around remaining trees on recently cleared or developed tracks of forested land. The sawdust is more than likely a sign that ambrosia beetles are on the offensive.

The ambrosia beetle, Platypus spp., is a member of a large family of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/12/01/land-clearing-can-lure-ambrosia-beetles/

Cogongrass Spreading in the Panhandle

A recent increase in the spread of cogongrass has landowners scrambling to find ways to stop this invasive plant. There are ways to combat cogongrass, with positive identification and persistent treatment being paramount.

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is found all over the world. In the U.S, it is primarily found in the southeast. Cogongrass was purposely …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/23/cogongrass-on-the-move-in-the-panhandle/

Winter Management Reminders for Panhandle Beekeepers

January and February are pivotal months for area beekeepers. Although our warm climate is great for beekeeping, there are a few things to keep in mind while managing bee colonies this time of year.

For general management, it’s important to feed colonies in January and February, especially if the colony seems light. It’s also a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/20/winter-management-reminders-for-panhandle-beekeepers/

Perennial Peanut, A Great Choice for Panhandle Pastures and Landscapes

Driving through rural parts of the Panhandle this time of year, one will find pastures with thick green canopies, exploding with the yellow-gold flowers. Perennial peanut is in bloom. This is a highly nutritional forage option for livestock, but also makes for a beautiful urban groundcover.

Perennial Peanut was introduced from Brazil in the mid 1930’s. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/09/16/perennial-peanut-a-great-choice-for-panhandle-pastures-and-landscapes/

Panhandle Citrus Producers Need to Know Symptoms of Canker and Greening

Florida’s citrus producers, as well as backyard growers have battled detrimental issues like hard freezes and storm damage over the years.  However, in recent years, emergent bacterial diseases known as citrus canker and citrus greening have been devastating Florida’s citrus crops.  Although these diseases are not yet a major issue in the Panhandle, it’s important …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/08/05/panhandle-citrus-producers-need-to-symptoms-of-canker-and-greening/

Armyworms Wreaking Havoc on North Florida Forages

Ray Bodrey, UF/IFAS Gulf County Extension Director & Kalyn Waters, UF/IFAS Holmes County Extension Director

A sudden, fierce attack of armyworms is currently underway on Panhandle forages.  Livestock and hay producers should be on the lookout for this pest. Recently, cases of infested pastures have been identified in multiple counties across …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/07/29/armyworms-wreaking-havoc-on-north-florida-forages/

Summer Hive Management for Panhandle Beekeepers

It’s harvest time for many choice honey crops. That means it’s also time to plan for hive maintenance concerning next year’s harvest.

Summer is great time for hive maintenance, as there are limited active pollen producing plants. So, honey production will be at a minimum. Therefore, integrated pest management is a top priority. Beware, Varroa …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/06/10/summer-hive-management-for-panhandle-beekeepers/

A Hook, Line & Sinker Approach to Pond Management

Florida is home to literally thousands of ponds, some natural, some man made. Most of these ponds are used solely for recreation. However, some ponds are used for farming needs, whether for irrigation or livestock purposes. In either case, ponds can provide excellent fishing environments, if managed properly.

A good philosophy to have when thinking …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/03/11/hook-line-sinker-approach-to-pond-management/