In this Issue:
  • Friday Feature: The Gluten Free Issue
  • Tritcale is Gaining Popularity with Dairy and Beef Cattle Producers
  • Field Report: Sick Oats in the Panhandle
  • Rice Production in Florida – a Minor, yet Uniquely Valuable Crop
  • Temporary Pastures Can Hide Ugly Surprises
  • Panhandle Farm Facts from the 2012 Census of Agriculture
  • Crown Rust Outbreak in North Florida Oats
  • Small Grain

    Friday Feature: The Gluten Free Issue

    David Schechter is a news reporter for WFAA News in Dallas Texas who likes to get answers to questions people have on hot topics through video segments he calls Verify.  This week’s featured video was a Verify segment David produced on the Gluten Free craze sweeping across America.  David does a great job …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/25/friday-feature-the-gluten-free-issue/

    Tritcale is Gaining Popularity with Dairy and Beef Cattle Producers

    Ann Blount, Cheryl Mackowiak, Nick DiLorenzo and Jose Dubeux, UF/IFAS NFREC Marianna

    Triticale is a winter forage that is gaining in popularity in the Southeast. The name might sound unfamiliar (pronounced trit-i-kay-lee), but it has become increasingly sought after in recent years.  Dairy farmers in the Southeast have had success using triticale for silage production. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/19/tritcale-is-gaining-popularity-with-dairy-and-beef-cattle-producers/

    Field Report: Sick Oats in the Panhandle

    Ethan Carter, Crop IPM Regional Agent and Ann Blount, UF/IFAS Forage Breeder

    Crop aftershocks related to last week’s weather conditions (cold, overcast, and wet) were felt this week across in the Florida Panhandle. Growers reported a variety of symptoms in their oat fields, ranging from what appeared to be viral discoloration, fungal diseases, and cold damage. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/field-report-sick-oats-in-the-panhandle/

    Rice Production in Florida – a Minor, yet Uniquely Valuable Crop

    On a recent trip to Arkansas, I was captivated by the beauty of vast fields of flooded rice nearly ready for harvest.  That image is just something you don’t see every day in the Florida Panhandle!  Equally interesting is the fact that rice is a semi-aquatic plant, related to wild rice “cousins” which grow natively …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/11/04/rice-production-in-florida-a-minor-yet-uniquely-valuable-crop/

    Temporary Pastures Can Hide Ugly Surprises

    Using row crop land for cool season grazing is one of the great opportunities for North Florida livestock operations. Early crops come out in time to allow seedbed preparation for planting, and late harvested crops can be aerially over-seeded with ryegrass. Corn and soybean residue can be grazed by dry cows, if it’s not double …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/10/17/temporary-pastures-can-hide-ugly-surprises/

    Panhandle Farm Facts from the 2012 Census of Agriculture

    Every five years the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) sends out in-depth surveys to farmers called the Census of Agriculture, with numerous questions about specific farming operations.  While most farmers will admit that filling out surveys is not their favorite activity, the summarized information provides very useful data …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/05/22/panhandle-farm-facts-from-the-2012-census-of-agriculture/

    Crown Rust Outbreak in North Florida Oats

    Crown rust (Puccinia coranata) was found in over 3000 acres of oats in Levy, Suwannee and Madison counties in the last week. The most notable characteristic of the fungus is small pustules which contain orange-yellow spores. Rubbing the leaf with your fingers or a towel will leave a fine orange powder.

    These pustules block sunlight …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2013/12/13/crown-rust-outbreak-in-north-florida-oats/