In this Issue:
  • Fall Herbicide Applications are Best for Blackberry Control in Pastures
  • Weed of the Week: Cogongrass
  • Highlights & Proceedings from the UF/IFAS Beef & Forage Field Day
  • Evaluate Forage Production While the Grass is Still Growing
  • Weed of the Week: Coffee Senna
  • Controlling Prickly Pear after Pasture Establishment
  • Friday Feature: Southeast Hay Contest Video
  • Bargain Hay is No Bargain if it is Poor Quality
  • Weed of the Week: Sicklepod
  • Winter Annual Forage Seed Costs: What is the Best Deal?
  • Forage & Pasture

    Fall Herbicide Applications are Best for Blackberry Control in Pastures

    Brent Sellers and Jay Ferrell, UF/IFAS Weed Extension Specialists

    There are numerous briar or Rubus species (blackberry and dewberry) in the Southeastern U.S., many of which are found in Florida. Blackberry is common in most Florida pastures and can be overlooked for extended periods of time. However, lack of management can give rise to thickets …

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    Weed of the Week: Cogongrass

    Cogongrass was accidentally introduced into Alabama in the 1900’s, but intentionally brought to Florida in the 1930’s as a potential forage and soil stabilizer. Currently it can be found in 73 countries and on every continent. Since being introduced Cogongrass has spread to nearly every county in Florida, and today is considered a major pest …

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    Highlights & Proceedings from the UF/IFAS Beef & Forage Field Day

    Over 120 cattle producers, extension agents, research faculty and staff attended the UF/IFAS Beef & Forage Field Day that was held on Friday, September 15, 2017 at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit, near Marianna, Florida.  The event consisted of a tour of six demonstrations sites and a presentation at the main …

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    Evaluate Forage Production While the Grass is Still Growing

    There has been a delightful coolness in the air these first few “post Irma” days. Don’t be fooled, it’s not fall yet. Mid-September, in Florida, is definitely still summer and pasture grass should not be in short supply in the summer. This is a good time of year to evaluate your operation’s forage production ability.

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    Weed of the Week: Coffee Senna

    Coffee Senna is not only an issue for livestock producers, as seeds are toxic when consumed, it also causes issues for cotton and peanut farmers in the southern states. The scientific name Senna occidentalis comes from Arabic and Latin roots, with Senna meaning “these plants” and occidentalis meaning “western,” in reference to its origin. While closely …

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    Controlling Prickly Pear after Pasture Establishment

    Prickly Pear is one of those tenacious, tough to handle weeds that you hate to find growing in your pastures and hay fields.  It can be very difficult to control and eradicate.  This weed typically spreads and reproduces via fragmentation of original plants, such as occurs in the cultivation and planting of new pastures.  Each …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/08/controlling-prickly-pear-after-pasture-establishment/

    Friday Feature: Southeast Hay Contest Video

    The Southeast Hay Contest was started 14 years ago to showcase the excellent quality hay that is produced in the South.  If you take pride in producing high quality hay, this is an opportunity to see how the best hay you produce compares to other farms in the region.  This week’s featured video was …

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    Bargain Hay is No Bargain if it is Poor Quality

    Everyone likes a good bargain, but when it comes to hay, low price often equates to poorer quality. Because hay is often sold by the bale, the amount of savings from the “good bargain” can be reduced substantially if there is a negative impact on herd nutrition. So what constitutes “poor quality hay?”  It is …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/25/bargain-hay-is-no-bargain-if-it-is-poor-quality/

    Weed of the Week: Sicklepod

    Sicklepod is commonly known as Coffeeweed and is a major issue for livestock producers across the Southeast. This semi-woody annual legume is native to the American tropics. Sicklepod is known to be toxic, affecting liver, kidney and muscle function in livestock. The stems and leaves, as well as seeds, contain toxins, whether green or dry. 

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    Winter Annual Forage Seed Costs: What is the Best Deal?

    Source:  UGA Forage Extension Team Adam Speir, UGA Madison County Extension Director, and Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA State Forage Extension Specialist

    If you haven’t priced annual ryegrass seed yet, I’d suggest having some heart medicine at the ready, or a defibrillator handy. Ryegrass seed is significantly higher than it has been the last few …

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