In this Issue:
  • Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices for Crop Farmers
  • Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices Field Day – August 10
  • Late-summer Legume Cover Crops behind Corn
  • Tools for Assessing Soil Moisture
  • Cover Crop Mixture Considerations for 2017
  • USDA Develops Cover Crop Chart
  • Managing Winter Pastures
  • Pigweed Suppression Using a Ryegrass Cover Crop
  • Rye Cover Crop Holds Saturated Ground
  • Cover Crops
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    Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices for Crop Farmers

    On August 10th, UF/IFAS Santa Rosa and Escambia County Extension hosted a field day covering moisture monitoring, cover crops, and best management practices at Mickey Diamond’s Farm.  Through a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Best Management Practice (BMP) mini-grant, UF/IFAS Extension, FDACS, and NRCS have been able to examine how cover crops …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/moisture-monitoring-cover-crops-and-best-management-practices-for-crop-farmers/

    Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices Field Day – August 10

    Please join us on the morning of August 10th for a Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices Field Day hosted by UF/IFAS Santa Rosa Extension.  The event will take place from 8:00 am to 9:30 at Mickey Diamond’s Farm: 3270 Scarborough Road near Jay, Florida.

    The following topics will be covered:

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/04/moisture-monitoring-cover-crops-and-best-management-practices-field-day-august-10/

    Late-summer Legume Cover Crops behind Corn

    Arun Jani, and Michael Mulvaney, UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center Integrating summer cover crops into rotations

    Corn harvest is around the corner.  What will you do with the land after harvest?  You can leave it fallow, or you can plant late summer cover crop to provide benefits for future crops including …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/09/late-summer-legume-cover-crops-behind-corn/

    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/

    Cover Crop Mixture Considerations for 2017

     

    As dry as this Fall has been, planting cover crops has not been a priority or an option for many producers in the Florida Panhandle. One Escambia County grower planted an interesting cover crop mixture that has garnered a lot of attention locally this summer. Following his corn crop, he planted a mixture of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/11/18/cover-crop-mixture-considerations-for-2017/

    USDA Develops Cover Crop Chart

    An online tool called the “Cover Crop Chart” is helping U.S. farmers decide which cover crops to plant and is generating interest from growers in other countries.

    Cover crops can help reduce soil erosion, increase organic matter, improve early weed control, and provide forage for animals. They can also benefit the public by …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/06/05/usda-develops-cover-crop-chart/

    Managing Winter Pastures

    Winter feeding of the cow herd accounts for 40 to 50% of the total variable cost for producing weaned calves. Because winter nutrition is vital to both the calf’s health and the cows reproductive performance, adequate nutrition is essential.

    Cool season grasses provide valuable winter and spring grazing when the warm-season perennial grasses are not …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/11/21/managing-winter-pastures/

    Pigweed Suppression Using a Ryegrass Cover Crop

    Dr. Henry Grant, County Extension Director, Gadsden County Extension Service

    Annually, variety recommendations are given to livestock producers for planting cool season grasses such as oats, rye, and ryegrass as a standard to provide winter and spring forage for their animals. While oats can be planted earlier than rye and ryegrass providing some of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/08/15/pigweed-suppression-using-a-ryegrass-cover-crop/

    Rye Cover Crop Holds Saturated Ground

    It wasn’t raining on April 1st, when the inaugural Florida Soil Health and Cover Crop tour was held.  Participants heard descriptions of the value of a winter cover crop , such as cereal rye, in the production of a warm season cash crop. “Discover the Cover” was hosted by Jefferson County UF/IFAS Extension, the Jefferson …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/05/02/rye-cover-crop-holds-saturated-ground/

    Cover Crops

    Cover crops have been used by agricultural producers for thousands of years.  However, we have seen a decline in cover crop use over the past century, as the use of commercial fertilizers have increased.  Even though they are readily available and easy to use, commercial fertilizers, by themselves however, do not increase or …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2013/10/25/cover-crops-2/

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