New Cool-Season Forage Cultivars Released by UF/IFAS

New Cool-Season Forage Cultivars Released by UF/IFAS

Rye Dairymen in the southern Coastal Plain utilize cereal rye as a dairy silage crop. Beef cattlemen also depend on cereal rye for cold tolerant winter forage, and often use it in blends with other winter forages, particularly with ryegrass. The digestibility when...
Preparing for Cool-season Cover Crops

Preparing for Cool-season Cover Crops

Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS (Soil fertility/water quality) & Ann Blount, UF/IFAS (Forage breeding/genetics) Now is the time to purchase your cool-season cover crop seed! Cover crops are used to protect bare soil over the winter months and for grazing in planted...
2019 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida

2019 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida

A. Blount, M. Wallau, E. Rios, J. M. B. Vendramini, J. C. B. Dubeux, Md. A. Babar, K. E. Kenworthy, and K. H. Quesenberry, UF/IFAS Agronomy Department Perennial warm-season pasture grasses used in Florida become dormant in late fall and winter because of short days,...
Preparing for an El Niño Winter

Preparing for an El Niño Winter

Farmers in the Western Panhandle are in agreement — dry weather is needed to get the crops out to gins and buying points.  Currently, climatologists are predicting a 62% chance of experiencing El Niño conditions for the next 3 months. What does that mean to a farmer...
Financial Assistance for Farmers Who Implement BMPs

Financial Assistance for Farmers Who Implement BMPs

  Farmers and ranchers have implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) that maintain or improve water quality, quantity and soil conditions on their lands for many years. Although BMPs are designed to be technically feasible and economically viable,...