In this Issue:
  • Highlights, Presentations, and Decision Aids from the 2018 Northwest Florida Beef Conference
  • Weed of the Week: Dogfennel
  • Management of Cool-Season Forages is Especially Crucial this Year
  • Forage Legume Conference – March 15
  • Beef Cattle Basics – Six Part Series – Begins April 12
  • Featured Video: Cool-Season Forage Plot Tour with Ann Blount
  • 2018 Southern Forage and Hay Outlook
  • Northwest Florida Beef Conference & Trade Show – February 14
  • New Bermudagrass Stem Maggot Management Guide from UGA
  • December Cattle & Forage Management Reminders
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    Highlights, Presentations, and Decision Aids from the 2018 Northwest Florida Beef Conference

    The 33rd annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference & Trade Show was held on Wednesday, February 14.  A record crowd of 180 ranchers, cattle industry professionals, and extension faculty participated in the event. There were five educational presentations, as well as a Trade Show of 21 businesses and organizations that provide products and services to the …

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    Weed of the Week: Dogfennel

    If you don’t know Dogfennel by name, odds are you have seen it! Dogfennel is a common pest in pastures in the Southeastern U.S.  Dogfennel is especially troublesome in pastures that are overgrazed, with poor fertility. It is an aggressive native perennial that is found in the Southeastern United States. While some believe that Dogfennel is only …

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    Management of Cool-Season Forages is Especially Crucial this Year

    Cool-season annuals (ryegrass, small grains, clovers, etc.) are a vital part of our forage systems here in Northwest Florida and throughout the Southeast. Generally speaking, cool-season annuals are the highest quality forage we are able to produce. The significance of these forages is evidenced by the fact that many producers time their calving seasons so …

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    Forage Legume Conference – March 15

    Legumes are an economically important forage in the southern United States. With production benefits being found not only in the feeding value, but also in their ability to fix nitrogen to improve soil composition. In an effort to increase producer, industry, and university’s knowledge in the management and successful integration of legumes into southern grazing …

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    Beef Cattle Basics – Six Part Series – Begins April 12

    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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    Featured Video: Cool-Season Forage Plot Tour with Ann Blount

    This week’s featured video was produced by the Panhandle Ag Extension Team. Doug Mayo, Jackson County Extension was the producer,  Mark Mauldin, Washington County Extension, was the director, Matt Lollar was the editor, and Dr. Ann Blount, UF/IFAS Forage Breeder was the anchor woman.  This video highlights the differences in cool-season forage types and varieties …

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    2018 Southern Forage and Hay Outlook

    Weather had a dramatic impact on range, pasture, and hay production in the Southern Region in 2017.  The dramatic extremes of excessive rainfall received in Texas and Florida from hurricanes, to abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions across the Southern U.S. this fall have led to lower levels of hay production and quality in many …

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    Northwest Florida Beef Conference & Trade Show – February 14

    Cattle ranchers, employees, and their family members are invited to attend the 33rd annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show, to be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at the Jackson County Extension Office, located at 2741 Penn Avenue, Marianna, Florida. Registration and the Trade Show open at 7:30 AM central time, the program …

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    New Bermudagrass Stem Maggot Management Guide from UGA

    Dennis Hancock, UGA State Forage Extension Specialist

    Have you noticed bronzing on your bermudagrass? It may appear as drought or frost-damaged fields, but it could also be the bermudagrass stem maggot.

    Since the first appearance in Georgia in 2010, producers have been wondering how to combat this pest. If this includes you, check out UGA’s most …

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    December Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

    UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle developed a basic management calendar for cattle producers in the region.  The purpose of this calendar is to provide reminders for management techniques with similar timing to those used at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit, near Marianna, …

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