In this Issue:
  • The Mobile Irrigation Lab Team: Helping Panhandle Farmers Lower Costs and Conserve Water
  • Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices for Crop Farmers
  • New UF/IFAS Entomologist is Surveying Insect Pests in Panhandle Row Crops
  • How Generic Base Could Be Treated with the Cottonseed Proposal for 2018
  • Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices Field Day – August 10
  • On the Lookout for Peanut Diseases
  • Background and Summary of Recent Cotton Policy Developments
  • Soybean Rust Detected in Jackson County
  • Potassium Deficiency in Hay Fields can Enhance Disease Issues
  • Snails have Invaded the Western Panhandle
  • Field Crops

    The Mobile Irrigation Lab Team: Helping Panhandle Farmers Lower Costs and Conserve Water

    The Northwest Florida Mobile Irrigation Lab

    Northwest Florida’s Mobile Irrigation Lab (MIL), run by Mark Miles, Rex Patterson, and Robert Patterson, is working hard to help farmers increase crop yields and lower costs through improved irrigation efficiency. By increasing efficiency, farmers can reduce operating costs and increase yields. The MIL has been providing free irrigation …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/the-mobile-irrigation-lab-team-helping-panhandle-farmers-lower-costs-and-conserve-water/

    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/

    New UF/IFAS Entomologist is Surveying Insect Pests in Panhandle Row Crops

    Silvana Paula-Moraes began working in the fall of 2016 at the  UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC) based in Jay, Florida. Originally from Brazil, Dr. Moraes completed her PhD in Nebraska.  Her research has been dedicated to address several aspects of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Insect Resistance Management (IRM) for …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/new-ufifas-entomologist-is-surveying-insect-pests-in-panhandle-row-crops/

    How Generic Base Could Be Treated with the Cottonseed Proposal for 2018

    Don Shurley, UGA Emeritus Cotton Economist

    With the 2014 farm bill, cotton base on a farm became “Generic Base.”  If you’ll recall, cotton base on a farm was frozen (could not be increased or decreased), but all other types of base on a farm (base “covered commodities” like corn, soybeans, peanuts, wheat, etc.) could …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/how-generic-base-could-be-treated-with-the-cottonseed-proposal-for-2018/

    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/

    On the Lookout for Peanut Diseases

    The rainy June and July have been both a blessing and a curse.  A blessing because the crops have not suffered for lack of water and a curse for peanut because wet fields prevented or delayed fungicide application and because it provides ideal conditions for fungal diseases to develop.

    This is especially true for leaf …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/28/on-the-lookout-for-peanut-diseases/

    Background and Summary of Recent Cotton Policy Developments

    Don Shurley
    Cotton Economist/Professor Emeritus of Cotton Economics

    Under the 2014 farm bill, cotton is not a “covered commodity” and not eligible for the ARC and PLC programs. Cotton’s “safety net” is STAX but STAX has not been as well utilized and accepted by growers as expected.

    One …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/28/background-and-summary-of-recent-cotton-policy-developments/

    Soybean Rust Detected in Jackson County

    Ian Small, Kelly O’Brien, and David Wright, UF/IFAS NFREC Quincy, and Ethan Carter , UF/IFAS Regional Crop IPM Agent

    Soybean rust was confirmed in early-planted soybean sentinel plots on June 26, 2017 at the UF/IFAS Extension Office in Marianna Florida. Ethan Carter, Regional Crop IPM Agent cooperating with Ian Small, and Kelly O’Brien on …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/21/soybean-rust-detected-in-jackson-county/

    Potassium Deficiency in Hay Fields can Enhance Disease Issues

    The Yellow Bahiagrass Hayfield

    At the end of June, a Jackson County rancher noticed something strange about his hay field.  The field was gradually turning yellow and was not growing well.  Typically plants turn yellow as the result of a nitrogen deficiency, but this field had been fertilized for hay production.  Upon inspection, the leaves …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/21/potassium-deficiency-in-hay-fields-can-enhance-fungal-disease-issues/

    Snails have Invaded the Western Panhandle

    Snails have invaded some local areas throughout northern Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties this summer. The snails are tan colored, high and conical, with mature snails about ¾ to 1-inch long. They have been found in extremely high numbers in some crop fields, including corn, cotton, and peanuts, in home gardens, and around farm buildings …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/14/snails-have-invaded-the-western-panhandle/

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