In this Issue:
  • Perennial Peanut Field Day – May 31
  • Sunn Hemp for Forage or Wildlife Food Plots
  • Highlights and Presentations from the 2018 Forage Legume Conference
  • Enhanced Florida Hay Supplier Website Offers Free Advertising for Hay Producers
  • Winter Pastures Looking Yellow? It Could be a Sulfur Deficiency
  • Managing Grazing Land to Enhance Bee Habitat
  • Utilizing the Information on the Tag of a Seed Bag
  • Friday Feature: Southeast Hay Contest Video
  • Ecosystem Services provided by Grass-Legume Pastures
  • Legumes

    Perennial Peanut Field Day – May 31

    The annual Perennial Peanut Field Day will be held Thursday May 31, 2018 at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy, Florida.  (155 Research Road, Quincy, Florida 32351)  There will be five presentations related to perennial peanut production, and a field tour of research plots at the station.  There will …

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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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/20/sunn-hemp-for-forage-or-wildlife-food-plots/

    Highlights and Presentations from the 2018 Forage Legume Conference

    Jose Dubeux, Forage Management Specialist, North Florida Research and Education Center, lead the team that organized the Forage Legume Conference, that was held on March 15, 2018, in Marianna, Florida. There were 105 cattle and hay producers, industry representatives, as well as extension and research faculty, and students from the University of Florida that participated …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/23/highlights-and-presentations-from-the-2018-forage-legume-conference/

    Enhanced Florida Hay Supplier Website Offers Free Advertising for Hay Producers

    Chris Denmark and Emily Hetherington, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Marketing and Development

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’(FDACS) Division of Marketing and Development has redesigned the Hay Suppliers web page to provide more utility for both hay producers and consumers. FDACS recognized the need for …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/09/enhanced-florida-hay-supplier-website-offers-free-advertising-for-hay-producers/

    Winter Pastures Looking Yellow? It Could be a Sulfur Deficiency

    Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS NFREC Soils Specialist

    As producers near the end of cover crop and cool-season forage planting in the Southeastern U.S., it is time to focus on fertilization.  Depending upon your state, extension professionals have establish guidelines for how much and when to apply nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) fertilizers to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/27/winter-pastures-looking-yellow-it-could-be-a-sulfur-deficiency/

    Managing Grazing Land to Enhance Bee Habitat

    Jose Dubeux and Liza Garcia, University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center

    Improved forages are not only good for livestock, but they can also help feed bees! Managing grasslands to enhance bee habitat requires similar management practices to those needed to enhance pasture for grazing livestock. Diversification of pasture species, management …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/06/managing-grazing-land-to-enhance-bee-habitat/

    Utilizing the Information on the Tag of a Seed Bag

    Fall is here so it is time to prepare for winter grazing. Once you determine the variety(s) you will be planting (2017 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida), the next step is to order and purchase the seed. However, not all seed is equal. While most cattlemen are familiar with reading feed tags, you …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/29/utilizing-the-information-on-the-tag-of-a-seed-bag/

    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/

    Ecosystem Services provided by Grass-Legume Pastures

    Jose Dubeux, Liza Garcia, David Jaramillo, Erick Santos, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

    You might not be familiar with the term “Ecosystem Services,” but putting it simply, these are the benefits obtained from ecosystems (interactions between living organisms in a particular environment). These services benefit both people and the environment. Ecosystem …

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