In this Issue:
  • Thinning the Pawpaw Patch in Your Pastures
  • Bahiagrass Pasture Fertilization – Is it Worth the Money?
  • Beef Cattle Basics Session 2 – Reproduction Management – May 8
  • Corn Silage and Forage Field Day – May 24
  • Friday Feature: B-Wrap Weather Protection for Hay Bales
  • Sunn Hemp for Forage or Wildlife Food Plots
  • Florida Beef Cattle Short Course – May 9-11
  • Weed of the Week: Lantana
  • Weed of the Week: Prickly Pear Cactus
  • Sun South Hay Equipment Demonstration Day – April 26
  • Forage & Pasture

    Thinning the Pawpaw Patch in Your Pastures

    Pawpaws (Asimina spp.) are members of the custard family, and 10 species are known to occur in the state.  Of these 10, fourpetal pawpaw (Asimina tetramera) is on the endangered species list, but this species is found primarily in coastal pine scrub habitats in Martin and Palm Beach counties.  Most pawpaw species in Florida are …

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    Bahiagrass Pasture Fertilization – Is it Worth the Money?

    One area of management that often comes up in discussions with producers managing smaller herds is pasture fertilization.  There are several aspects that can be confusing.  The first questions are, “Should I fertilize?”  and, “Is it worth the money?”  The next question is, “How much fertilizer do I need?”  And generally, the final question, “What …

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    Beef Cattle Basics Session 2 – Reproduction Management – May 8

    Beef Cattle Basics is an educational series provided by UF/IFAS Extension, which has been designed to give new and experienced producers a solid educational foundation for their beef cattle enterprises. Beef Cattle Basics will address six topics that are essential to beef operations of any size:

  • Forages – Variety Selection and Establishment Procedures
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    Corn Silage and Forage Field Day – May 24

    The University of Florida and University of Georgia’s annual Corn Silage and Forage Field Day will be held May 24, 2018 at the UF/IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit – Citra, FL. The corn silage and forage field day is an extension education program promoted by the University of Florida and the University …

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    Friday Feature: B-Wrap Weather Protection for Hay Bales

    On Thursday of this week, Sun South John Deere hosted a Hay Equipment Demo Day at the UF/IFAS Marianna Beef Research Unit.  Participants at the event got to see a new product called B-Wrap demonstrated.  This week’s featured video was produced by Tama Farm Grown Solutions to introduce their partnership with John …

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    Sunn Hemp for Forage or Wildlife Food Plots

    Sunn hemp is a fast growing, warm season, annual legume.  It grows 6-7 feet tall.  Sunn hemp can tolerate a wide range of soil pH (5.0-8.4).  It is native to India and Pakistan.  The University of Hawaii and USDA NRCS, together, released the variety called “Tropic Sun” in 1982.  This variety only makes seed during …

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    Florida Beef Cattle Short Course – May 9-11

     

    The 2018 Beef Short Course Program Committee and the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences encourage cattle ranchers to attend the 67th annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course in Gainesville, Florida May 9-11, 2018. The Short Course will be held at the Straughn Extension Professional Development Center, 2142 Shealy Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611.

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    Weed of the Week: Lantana

     

    First introduced into the southern states as a perennial ornamental, Lantana is easily identified during the growing season by its vibrant multi-colored flowers. Currently, Lantana is listed as one of the top 10 more troublesome weeds in Florida, with documented occurrences in 58 of 67 counties. While it is still sold as an ornamental, commercially …

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    Weed of the Week: Prickly Pear Cactus

    Prickly Pear Cactus is not a pasture weed issue everywhere in Florida, but if you have them, they can be one of the most difficult weeds to control. Prickly Pear Cactus can reproduce through fragmentation, meaning that each pad can separate from the “mother plant” and set roots, and become a new plant. Because Prickly Pear Cactus …

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    Sun South Hay Equipment Demonstration Day – April 26

    Hay producers are invited to come to a hay equipment demonstration field day at the Beef Unit of the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. (4925 Highway 162 Greenwood, FL 32446).  Registration begins at 9:30 AM, and lunch will be provided. …

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