In this Issue:
  • 2018 Southern Forage and Hay Outlook
  • Northwest Florida Beef Conference & Trade Show – February 14
  • New Bermudagrass Stem Maggot Management Guide from UGA
  • Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay
  • Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest Part 2
  • Friday Feature: Variable Rate Feeding & a Cow Joke
  • Three Florida Farms Recognized through the SE Hay Contest
  • Proper Hay Storage Can Save You Money
  • Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest
  • Weed of the Week: Maypop Passion Flower
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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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/19/2018-southern-forage-and-hay-outlook/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/05/northwest-florida-beef-conference-trade-show-february-14/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/12/01/new-bermudagrass-stem-maggot-management-guide-from-uga/

    Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay

    Two general statements to begin the discussion:

  • Florida grass hay is generally not sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of a lactating brood cow.
  • A fall/early winter calving season is a fairly standard practice in Northwest Florida.
  • These two statements imply that most lactating brood cows will be fed hay this winter that is incapable …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/17/do-the-math-first-before-purchasing-feed-to-supplement-hay/

    Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest Part 2

    In early October we shared the first two videos in the “A Cut Above the Rest” video series produced by Massey Ferguson, that features Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Specialist.  This week we share the third and fourth videos in this series that provides helpful tips for protecting the quality of your hay at harvest.

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/17/friday-feature-protecting-hay-quality-at-harvest-part-2/

    Friday Feature: Variable Rate Feeding & a Cow Joke

    This week’s featured video was produced by Growing America’s Chad Etheridge, who came over to Marianna last week to make a video about something I have a real passion about.  This year farmers and ranchers were forced to harvest over-mature, low quality hay because there were very few windows of dry weather this summer.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/03/friday-feature-variable-rate-feeding-a-cow-joke/

    Three Florida Farms Recognized through the SE Hay Contest

    The winners of the 2017 Southeast Hay Contest were recognized on Tuesday, October 17 at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia.  Seldom Rest Farm, Pulaski, TN was the overall winner with their entry of extremely high quality alfalfa hay with a relative forage quality (RFQ) score was 269.  Three Florida farms were also …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/27/three-florida-farms-recognized-through-the-se-hay-contest/

    Proper Hay Storage Can Save You Money

    Evan Anderson, Walton County Agriculture Agent

    If you grow or purchase hay to feed livestock, you probably know that not all hay is created equal. There are a number of factors that contribute to the quality of the bale you end up with. If you’re relying on hay to provide your …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/06/proper-hay-storage-can-save-you-money/

    Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest

    Massey Ferguson and Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Extension Specialist have teamed up to produce a video series called “A Cut Above the Rest” with tips on how to harvest high quality hay.  In the first video Dr. Hancock explains RFQ (Relative Forage Quality) scores being used to evaluate the quality of hay …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/06/friday-feature-protecting-hay-quality-at-harvest/

    Weed of the Week: Maypop Passion Flower

    Often recognized by its showy pink/purple flowers, Maypop Passion Flower is a native plant, found across the southern US.  Although it is sometimes used as an ornamental plant, it can become a nuisance in pastures and along fence-rows.  Once the flowers bloom, from July to September, it is easy to identify, however, it is not …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/29/weed-of-the-week-maypop-passion-flower/

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