2018 Extension Farm Field Day – August 10

2018 Extension Farm Field Day – August 10

On Friday, August 10th, the 2018 Extension Farm Field Day will take place at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center (4253 Experiment Road, Hwy 182, Jay, FL 32565). Registration starts at 8, with the field tours starting promptly at 8:30.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Photo by Judy Biss

    Pest Management in Row Crops

  • Technologies for Topdressing Cotton

  • Peanut Variety Characteristics, Performance and Management

  • Cotton and Soybean Varieties

  • Effects of Peanut Plant Density on Yield and Maturity

  • Impacts of Crop Management Decisions on Cotton Diseases

  • Managing Peanut Diseases

  • Extend and Enlist Systems Update for Cotton Production

 

Florida pesticide CEUs and CCA points will be available.  

Please register by calling Robin Vickers at 850-983-7134 or 850-393-7334.

 

Jackson County Cattlemen’s Ranch Tour – July 12

Jackson County Cattlemen’s Ranch Tour – July 12

The Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association will be hosting their annual Ranch Tour on Thursday, July 12, 2018.  Participation is open to interested cattle producers from across the Tri-state region. Tour participants will meet at 8:45 AM Central time at the grass parking lot for the Marianna High School Baseball & Football Fields, north of Marianna on Caverns Road.  Drinks will be available at each stop to keep everyone hydrated in the summer heat.  The tour will depart at depart at 9:00 AM.  The tour will conclude with a sponsored hamburger lunch at the Jackson County Agriculture Center on Highway 90, just west of Marianna.

Carpooling is recommended to limit the number of vehicles on the tour. Drivers should have more than 1/4 tank of fuel for the trip upon arrival.

The tour will feature Andy Andreasen’s AAA Farm where participants will get a firsthand look at silvopasture (combined timber and forage production) and see a demonstration of cattle handling facility design.  The second tour stop will be at Odyssey Feeders’ Preconditioning Facility to visit with Jantzen Lord.  The final stop will be a presentation at the Agriculture Center by Dr. Todd Thrift, UF/IFAS Beef Specialist.  He will share his humorous comparison of “Chevys, Cadillacs, Cows and Consumers.”  His presentation will show how the beef industry has changed over the last several decades and provide some insight on how the industry will need to evolve to meet the needs of modern consumers to remain profitable.  The half-day event will end with a sponsored hamburger lunch grilled to perfection by the Cattlemen’s Association’s famous “Cooking Crew.”

There is no registration fee for participation, but an RSVP for you and your party by Monday, July 9 is greatly appreciated for food planning and preparation.  To RSVP, call the Jackson County Extension Office at 850-482-9620, or email Liz Jackson.

Directions to the meeting place: 

Tour participants will gather at 8:45 central time in the grass parking area on the west side of the MHS football stadium and on the south side of the MHS baseball stadium.

Using a GPS or phone app for directions: is the address of Marianna High School.  Drive west of the entrance to the High School on the south side of the road, and the grass ball field parking area will be on the north side of the road on your left, immediately across the highway from the junction of Caverns Road and Old US Road.

From I-10: take either Marianna exit and follow the signs to Florida Caverns State Park.  Once you pass by the entrance of the state park, keep driving north on Caverns Road.  You will first pass the High School on the right, and then will see the baseball and football stadiums on your left.  The group will be meeting in the grass parking area on the west side of the football stadium and on the south side of the baseball stadium.

From Dothan or Campbellton: travel south on 231, turn east (left) on Highway 162.  Turn south (right) on Old US Road and go to the stop sign at the end.  Turn east (left) onto Caverns Road, pass the High School and the grass parking area will be on your left.

From Georgia: travel west on GA Highway 91 out of Donalsonville.  Cross the Chattahoochee River into Florida and it becomes FL Highway 2.  Take the left fork onto Basswood Road and drive to the merger with Highway 71.  Turn south (left) and drive through the town of Greenwood.  Turn west (right) at the traffic light on Caverns Road (CR 166) and go past the little league baseball fields and the paved football stadium parking lot, and the meeting location will be on the north (right) side of the road.

 

Spring Field Day and Cattlemen’s Social – April 21

Spring Field Day and Cattlemen’s Social – April 21

The Holmes County Cattlemen’s Association and UF/IFAS Extension Holmes County are excited to present the Spring Field Day and Cattlemen’s Social on April 21, 2018. This event will be hosted at the Williams’ Farm hay barn near the Poplar Springs High School. The field day portion will run from 3 P.M. until 5:30 P.M.CST with the social beginning at 6 P.M.

Topics covered during the field day will include:

  • Blood Sampling for Pregnancy (Hands On) – with Kalyn Waters, UF/IFAS Extension Holmes County
  • Fecal Egg Counts and Parasite Control – with Jane Griffin, UF/IFAS Extension Suwannee County 
  • Pasture Fertility and Weed Control – with Josh Thompson, Helena
  • Hay and Pasture Equipment Demonstrations – with SunSouth and Flexrake, LLC 

Following the field day, guests are welcome to join the Holmes County Cattlemen for a steak dinner and live band at the hay barn. In addition to the band, the night’s entertainment will include a raffle and Cow Patty Bingo. Both the winner of the raffle and Cow Patty Bingo will win a Stoeger Double Barrell Shotgun.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Kalyn Waters at 850-547-1108. 

Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Agenda Now Available!

Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Agenda Now Available!

Join us for the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference on February 19 & 20 in Pensacola! Registration includes a farm tour, dinner after the tour, breakfast & lunch the next day, and excellent educational sessions. The complete agenda is now available.  Use your mouse or finger to “click” on the image below for full screen viewing.  Register online at:  Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Registration Page

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Explore Local Agriculture on the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Pre-Conference Tour

Explore Local Agriculture on the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Pre-Conference Tour

Explore Local Agriculture at the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Pre-Conference Tour

Come explore local farms, markets, and centers of agricultural research in West Florida and South Alabama during the 2018 Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Pre-Conference Tour and Conference, February 19 and 20, hosted by UF/IFAS Extension.

On Monday, February 19, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., hop on a tour bus at the University of West Florida to explore the many aspects of Southeast vegetable production. You will travel to a family-operated vegetable farm in Daphne, Alabama; then to the Allegri Farm Market, also in Daphne, Alabama; and lastly to the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center in Fairhope, Alabama for a tour and dinner, all included with the purchase of your conference ticket.

The first stop on the tour will be to Sirmon Farms, a five-generation family-run farm, in operation since the early 1900s. Sirmon Farms is located on 1,900 acres of land in Baldwin County, Alabama, producing sweet potatoes, corn, cotton, peanuts, fresh herbs, hydroponic lettuce, satsumas, lemons, and kumquats. It has become one of the largest sweet potato processing facilities in the Southeast, producing Beauregard, Covington, and Orleans varieties. Its products are available in many local Gulf Coast markets, including supermarkets, farmers’ markets, and restaurants.

Next stop on the tour will be Allegri Farm Market, which was voted Alabama’s Best Farmers Market in 2015 by AL.com readers. The Allegri Farm Market was founded in 2003 by Vince Allegri, who grows approximately 675 acres of wheat, sorghum, and soybeans and 40 acres of over two dozen fruit and vegetable varieties exclusively for the market. The Allegri Farm Market is open year-round, seven days a week, and has about 20 employees – even more at peak season – with 3,800 square feet of bright inviting floor space. In addition to the produce Vince Allegri grows for the market, the market has available for purchase many Alabama-produced products, as well as local honey, cheeses, meats, and casseroles.

The final stop on the tour will be at the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center, which is located 30 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, and about an hour west of Pensacola, Florida. Their location was selected due to the long growing seasons, and the ability to research many row crops, fruits, vegetables, turf, pecans, beef, and forage that benefit both Alabama and Florida farmers. Most recently, the center has been working to improve the genetics of heifers, evaluate Bt technology in soybeans, and conducting insecticide evaluation trials on sugarcane aphids inundating grain sorghum.

Participants visiting Fox Family Farm in Cottondale, Florida during the 2016 Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Photo by Libbie Johnson.

The day following the tours, February 20, the 2018 Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of West Florida Conference Center (11000 Conference Parkway, Building 22) in Pensacola, Florida. At the conference, learn about the importance of agricultural communication from the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Joy Rumble, and attend conference educational tracts on North Florida Citrus Production, Fruit and Nut Production, Vegetable Production, Marketing, Food Safety, and Protected Agriculture.

Both the pre-conference tour and the conference will provide excellent opportunities for networking and sharing of practical knowledge to help farmers across the region. For more information, visit https://pfvc2.eventbrite.com. Early bird registration is $50 (+ service fee), before February 1, 2018. Your registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, educational materials, and transportation to the farm tour locations. We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Pre-Conference Tour and Conference!  See the complete two-day agenda below.  There is lot of great opportunities to learn, socialize, and enjoy some wonderful meals over the two days of events.

 

Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Highlights

Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Highlights

The Panhandle Ag Extension Team hosted the inaugural Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference on Tuesday, October 11.  The conference featured three concurrent session tracks for participants to choose from, a keynote address on whole farm business profitability, and a locally sourced lunch cooked by the Jackson County Master Gardeners.  More than 120 people attended the conference.

Trade Show Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference.

Participants of the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference enjoying the trade show. Photo Credit: Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS Extension.

The conference was sponsored by 18 different businesses and organizations.  A Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specialty Crop Block Grant provided funding for the educational resources for the conference.

Dr. Pete Vergot welcomes attendees to the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Photo Credit: Libbie Johnson, UF/IFAS Extension.

Dr. Pete Vergot welcomes attendees to the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Photo Credit: Libbie Johnson, UF/IFAS Extension.

Dr. Pete Vergot, Northwest District Extension Director, welcomed attendees to the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference by sharing his first-hand experiences about growing up on a vegetable farm in Michigan.

Extension Agent Bob Hochmuth reviewed various hydroponic media during a Protected Ag session at the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Photo Credit: Libbie Johnson, UF/IFAS Extension.

Extension Agent Bob Hochmuth reviewed various hydroponic media during a Protected Ag session at the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Photo Credit: Libbie Johnson, UF/IFAS Extension.

The Protected Agriculture sessions were organized by Leon County Extension Agent Molly Jameson.  Bob Hochmuth, UF/IFAS Regional Extension Agent  is a vegetable production specialist.  He spoke to participants about different hydroponic production systems and about fertilizer management.

Members of the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance presented during a Protected Agriculture session at the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Photo Credit: Libbie Johnson, UF/IFAS Extension.

Members of the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance presented during a Protected Agriculture session at the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Photo Credit: Libbie Johnson, UF/IFAS Extension.

Tallahassee’s Red Hills Small Farm Alliance members Herman Holley, Katie Harris, and Wayne Hawthorne discussed their farming and marketing experiences with attendees at one of the Protected Agriculture sessions.  The Red Hills Small Farm Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit organization that assists small farms in the Red Hills Region with production and marketing.

Dr. Jeff Williamson presenting on blueberry varieties at the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Photo Credit: Matt Orwat, UF/IFAS Extension.

Dr. Jeff Williamson presenting on blueberry varieties and production at the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Photo Credit: Matt Orwat, UF/IFAS Extension.

The Fruit & Berry sessions were organized by Washington County Extension Agent Matt Orwat.  UF/IFAS Blueberry Specialist Dr. Jeff Williamson talked to participants about blueberry production practices and blueberry varieties.

Dr. Violeta Tsolova presenting about grape varieties at the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Photo Credit: Matt Orwat, UF/IFAS Extension.

Dr. Violeta Tsolova presenting about grape varieties at the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Photo Credit: Matt Orwat, UF/IFAS Extension.

Dr. Violeta Tsolova gave participants an in-depth review of grape varieties suitable for North Florida.  Dr. Tsolova is a Viticulture Specialist at Florida A&M University.

Dr. Ayanava Majumdar presenting at the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference.

Dr. Ayanava Majumdar presenting at the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference.

The Diversified Agriculture sessions were organized by Dr. Josh Freeman.  Dr. Freeman is the UF/IFAS Vegetable Specialist housed at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research & Education Center in Quincy, FL. During one of the Diversified Agriculture sessions, Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, from Auburn University, taught participants about various Integrated Pest Management strategies for insect management in vegetable crops.  Dr. Majumdar also presented in one of the Protected Agriculture sessions.

Participants lining up for Southern Craft Creamery ice cream at the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Photo Credit: Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS Extension.

Participants lining up for Southern Craft Creamery ice cream at the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Photo Credit: Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS Extension.

After the morning sessions were complete, the attendees of the conference were treated to a home cooked meal prepared by the Jackson County Master Gardeners. The lunch featured squash from farmer Allen Childs in Sneads, FL and peas from J&J Produce in Cottondale, FL.  The lunch was capped off by ice cream from Southern Craft Creamery in Marianna, FL. Snack breaks included chocolate milk from the Ocheesee Creamery in Blountstown, FL.

Keynote Speaker Richard Wiswall (Cate Farm, East Montpelier, VT) talked to participants about building a farm business. Photo Credit: Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS Extension.

Keynote Speaker Richard Wiswall (Cate Farm, East Montpelier, VT) talked to participants about building a farm business. Photo Credit: Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS Extension.

To kick off the afternoon events, Farmer Richard Wiswall from Cate Farm in East Montpelier, VT talked to participants about managing a successful farm enterprises.  He shared his experiences about starting with a small farm and growing over time as finances allowed.  Richard also led a farm business seminar in the afternoon.

Mack Glass welcomes Citrus Tour participants to Cherokee Satsuma's packing house. Photo Credit: Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS Extension.

Mack Glass welcomes Citrus Tour participants to Cherokee Satsuma’s packing house. Photo Credit: Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS Extension.

Attendees had to make a difficult decision when choosing between an afternoon tour, a farm business discussion, or a hands-on vegetable grafting demonstration.  Participants on the Citrus Tour got to see Mack Glass’ packing house and his satsuma grove south of Marianna.

Grafting tomato transplants at the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Photo Credit: Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS Extension.

Grafting tomato transplants at the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Photo Credit: Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS Extension.

UF Grafting Specialist, Dr. Xin Zhao, came in town to teach participants how to graft vegetables.  Participants got to practice grafting tomato plants.

Participants of the Protected Agriculture Tour visited Fox Family Farm in Cottondale, FL. Photo Credit: Libbie Johnson, UF/IFAS Extension.

Participants of the Protected Agriculture Tour visited Fox Family Farm in Cottondale, FL. Photo Credit: Libbie Johnson, UF/IFAS Extension.

The Protected Agriculture Tour visited Fox Family Farm in Cottondale.  Fox Family Farm utilizes high tunnels to grow heirloom tomatoes and other vegetables.  They are a Certified USDA Organic Farm.

The Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference was a success thanks to the volunteers, sponsors, and Extension Agents and Specialists that made it all possible.  We are looking forward to the next Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference.