In this Issue:
  • Field Report: Sick Oats in the Panhandle
  • Spring is a Good Time to Scout Pastures for Toxic Weeds
  • Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App
  • 2017 Beef Conference Presentations and Highlights
  • Panhandle Hay Production Conference and Trade Show – January 25
  • How Much Hay Will a Cow Consume in a Day?
  • Three Panhandle Farms Recognized through the 2016 SE Hay Contest
  • BMP Pasture Walk October 21
  • Perennial Peanut, A Great Choice for Panhandle Pastures and Landscapes
  • 2016 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida
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    Field Report: Sick Oats in the Panhandle

    Ethan Carter, Crop IPM Regional Agent and Ann Blount, UF/IFAS Forage Breeder

    Crop aftershocks related to last week’s weather conditions (cold, overcast, and wet) were felt this week across in the Florida Panhandle. Growers reported a variety of symptoms in their oat fields, ranging from what appeared to be viral discoloration, fungal diseases, and cold damage. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/field-report-sick-oats-in-the-panhandle/

    Spring is a Good Time to Scout Pastures for Toxic Weeds

    Spring is a good time to walk your pastures to scout for toxic weeds. Summer pastures are just greening up, but are still short, and warm season weeds are just beginning to pop up out of the ground.  In almost every case, it is much easier to kill small weeds as young plants, than to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/spring-is-a-good-time-to-scout-pastures-for-toxic-weeds/

    Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App

    On February 20, 2017 Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service announced the release of “FLBurnTools,” a new mobile app to inform the public about drought, wildfire danger and wildfire activity. Prescribed burn practitioners can also use the app to plan and submit authorization requests. The “FLBurnTools” app …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/17/florida-forest-service-releases-fire-information-app/

    2017 Beef Conference Presentations and Highlights

    The 32nd annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference & Trade Show was held on February 8, 2017 in Marianna, at the Jackson County Extension Office.  Five speakers provided information to help beef cattle ranchers focus on “Crucial Management in Challenging Times.”  In addition to the presentations, there were 28 companies and organizations that provide products, equipment, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/17/2017-beef-conference-presentations-and-highlights/

    Panhandle Hay Production Conference and Trade Show – January 25

    Regardless of weather conditions, the ability to supply ample and nutritious forage is critical for livestock production.  Learn more about this topic at the Hay Production Conference and Trade Show on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at the Holmes County Ag Center, 1169 E Hwy 90, Bonifay FL.  Presentation topics will include: Fertility and Relative …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/06/panhandle-hay-production-conference-and-trade-show-january-25/

    How Much Hay Will a Cow Consume in a Day?

    Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

    Estimating forage usage by cows is an important part of the task of calculating winter feed needs.  Hay or standing forage intake must be estimated in order to make the calculations.  Forage quality will be a determining factor in the amount of forage consumed.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/11/18/how-much-hay-will-a-cow-consume-in-a-day/

    Three Panhandle Farms Recognized through the 2016 SE Hay Contest

    The 2016 Southeastern Hay Contest (SEHC) presented by Massey Ferguson was a fierce competition, with 269 entries vying for the top spot. Three Florida Panhandle Farms were recognized for excellent quality hay:  Bill Conrad, Bascom had the third place entry in the alfalfa division with an RFQ score of 238, and Stoltzfus Farms, Blountstown  RFQ-168 …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/21/three-panhandle-farms-recognized-through-the-2016-se-hay-contest/

    BMP Pasture Walk October 21

    Make plans to attend an on-farm and research center pasture walk, Friday October 21st from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm Central Time. The tour group will meet at the Beef Research Unit Pavilion north of Marianna and west of Greenwood on Highway 162 (4925 Highway 162, Greenwood, FL).

    This half-day, Best Management Practices (BMP) on-farm …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/14/bmp-pasture-walk-october-21/

    Perennial Peanut, A Great Choice for Panhandle Pastures and Landscapes

    Driving through rural parts of the Panhandle this time of year, one will find pastures with thick green canopies, exploding with the yellow-gold flowers. Perennial peanut is in bloom. This is a highly nutritional forage option for livestock, but also makes for a beautiful urban groundcover.

    Perennial Peanut was introduced from Brazil in the mid 1930’s. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/09/16/perennial-peanut-a-great-choice-for-panhandle-pastures-and-landscapes/

    2016 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida

    Ann Blount & Jose Dubeux, North Florida Research and Education Center; Patricio Munoz, Ali Babar, Kevin Kenworthy, and Ken Quesenberry, Department of Agronomy; and Joao Vendramini, Range Cattle Research and Education Center

    Seed availability this year for most cool-season forages should be in good supply. There was reported difficulty with local production of cereal …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/09/09/2016-cool-season-forage-variety-recommendations-for-florida/

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