In this Issue:
  • Proper Hay Storage Can Save You Money
  • Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest
  • Weed of the Week: Maypop Passion Flower
  • The “Positive Associative Effect” of High Protein Supplements
  • Fall Herbicide Applications are Best for Blackberry Control in Pastures
  • Friday Feature: Southeast Hay Contest Video
  • Bargain Hay is No Bargain if it is Poor Quality
  • Weed of the Week: Goatweed
  • Potassium Deficiency in Hay Fields can Enhance Disease Issues
  • Friday Feature: Hay Steamer
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    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/

    The “Positive Associative Effect” of High Protein Supplements

    Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

    As you drive around this fall you see many big round bales of hay stored for winter feed.  The quality of this hay will vary a great deal.  Frankly, some of it will be low in protein content and therefore low in digestibility.  The microorganisms …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/29/the-positive-associative-effect-of-high-protein-supplements/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/22/fall-herbicide-applications-are-best-for-blackberry-control-in-pastures/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/08/friday-feature-southeast-hay-contest-video/

    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: Goatweed

    Once just an issue in Central Florida Orange groves, Goatweed (Scoparia dulcis), also referred to as sweet broom and licorice weed, is now an issue for many pasture owners in North Florida. The spread of this prolific weed has been attributed to many factors including seed production, seed movement from groves to pastures by wildlife …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/18/weed-of-the-week-goatweed/

    Potassium Deficiency in Hay Fields can Enhance Disease Issues

    The Yellow Bahiagrass Hayfield

    At the end of June, a Jackson County rancher noticed something strange about his hay field.  The field was gradually turning yellow and was not growing well.  Typically plants turn yellow as the result of a nitrogen deficiency, but this field had been fertilized for hay production.  Upon inspection, the leaves …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/21/potassium-deficiency-in-hay-fields-can-enhance-fungal-disease-issues/

    Friday Feature: Hay Steamer

    This week’s featured video has nothing to do with Florida farming or ranching, but I thought it was worth sharing because it showcases a farming innovation for a very different climate than the Southeast.  Recently more than 1,000 County Ag Agents from across the U.S. met in Salt Lake City, Utah for …

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