In this Issue:
  • Highlights and Presentations from the 2018 Forage Legume Conference
  • Managing Dung Beetles to Enhance Cattle Production
  • Weed of the Week: Spiderwort
  • Enhanced Florida Hay Supplier Website Offers Free Advertising for Hay Producers
  • Preparing for a Successful Grazing Season
  • Prolific Pokeweed Now Emerging
  • Weed of the Week: Crabgrass
  • March Cattle & Forage Management Reminders
  • Featured Video: Quick Brace Cable System for Fence H-Braces
  • Introducing the New UF Hay Balancer Decision-Aid for Cattle Ranchers
  • Forage & Pasture

    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/

    Managing Dung Beetles to Enhance Cattle Production

    Authors: Derrick Conover, and Xavier Martini, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

    Throughout the world, dung beetles are important beneficial insects to cattle pasture ecosystems, as they support the processing and removal of livestock waste. With approximately 1.7 million beef cows and calves, and 115,000 dairy cows that contribute $848 million …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/16/managing-dung-beetles-to-enhance-cattle-production/

    Weed of the Week: Spiderwort

    Found across the eastern half of the United States, Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis Raf.) is a perennial species with fleshy stems and long grass-like leaves. Known to some as “Free From God Flowers” due to its purple flower clusters, it is not such a blessing to pasture owners and hay producers. Spiderwort is an issue for …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/16/weed-of-the-week-spiderwort/

    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/

    Preparing for a Successful Grazing Season

    Marcelo Wallau – UF/IFAS Forages Extension Specialist, Caitlin Bainum – UF Agronomy Department  MS Student and Marion Co. Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Agent, and Liliane Severino da Silva –  UF Agronomy Department  PhD Student

    It is never too early to start planning. As summer approaches, our main forage growing season in Florida, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/02/preparing-for-a-successful-grazing-season/

    Prolific Pokeweed Now Emerging

    Common pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is a perennial weed native of North American frequently found in pastures as well as fence-rows, row crop fields, and wooded areas.  As winter moves to spring, this plant is emerging from its winter dormancy. The recent warm weather has accelerated the regrowth in North Florida.

    Pokeweed is toxic to livestock.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/02/prolific-pokeweed-now-emerging/

    Weed of the Week: Crabgrass

     

    Crabgrass plays dual roles in the forage systems of the southeast. In many cases, it is considered to be a weed when it is causing competition issues in Bahia and Bermuda grass pastures. However, it also has potential as a forage and hay crop. There are two widely recognized species of crabgrass: Hairy or Large …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/02/weed-of-the-week-crabgrass/

    March 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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/02/march-cattle-forage-management-reminders/

    Featured Video: Quick Brace Cable System for Fence H-Braces

    This week’s featured video was produced by Kencove Farm Fence Supplies to demonstrate the Quick Brace cable system for fence H-braces.  If you have ever been aggravated twisting multiple wraps of wire to tighten braces, there is a new product that makes this process very quick, easy, and aesthetically pleasing.  Mark Mauldin (Washington County) …

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    Introducing the New UF Hay Balancer Decision-Aid for Cattle Ranchers

    Nicolas DiLorenzo, UF/IFAS State Beef Specialist

    At the recent Northwest Beef Conference conducted in Marianna, Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo, UF/IFAS State Beef Specialist,  introduced the UF Hay Balancer, a spreadsheet that can be used to calculate the most cost effective way to supplement cattle through the winter.  The UF Hay Balancer is a decision-aid tool …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/02/23/introducing-the-new-uf-hay-balancer-decision-aid-for-cattle-ranchers/

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