In this Issue:
  • Friday Feature: Baler-Wrapper Combo for Baleage
  • UF/IFAS Researchers are Studying Endophytes in Florida Pasture Grasses
  • Weed of the Week: Blackberry
  • Proper Hay Storage Can Save You Money
  • Managing Grazing Land to Enhance Bee Habitat
  • Florida EQIP Application Deadline is November 17
  • Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest
  • Utilizing the Information on the Tag of a Seed Bag
  • 2017 Sunbelt Ag Expo – October 17-19
  • Weed of the Week: Maypop Passion Flower
  • Forage & Pasture

    Friday Feature: Baler-Wrapper Combo for Baleage

    At the Sunbelt Ag Expo, I had the opportunity to visit with numerous local farmers who stopped by the UF/IFAS Extension barn.   I enjoyed asking them, “What was the coolest thing you saw today?”  Several Florida farmers shared with excitement that they had seen a demonstration of McHale forage equipment that can …

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    UF/IFAS Researchers are Studying Endophytes in Florida Pasture Grasses

    Ann Blount, Sunny Liao, Florencia Marcon and Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

    What is an Endophyte and why are they in my grass pastures?” may be a question that cattlemen in Florida have never asked before, but they are starting to.

    An endophyte is typically a bacteria or fungus that …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/13/ufifas-researchers-are-studying-endophytes-in-florida-pasture-grasses/

    Weed of the Week: Blackberry

    Across the southeastern United States, there are several different species of Rubus (Blackberry and Dewberry). Blackberry is a common issue for pasture owners, with it also commonly growing in fence rows, and ditch banks. Lack of management will result in well established thick stands that grow rapidly. These large stands not only reduce pasture production, …

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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/

    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/

    Florida EQIP Application Deadline is November 17

    Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners can apply until November 17, 2017 for fiscal year 2018 funding from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) that provides financial and technical assistance through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis for all programs, funding selections are typically made …

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    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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    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/

    2017 Sunbelt Ag Expo – October 17-19

    The Sunbelt Agricultural Expo will celebrate its 40th anniversary with this year’s show to be held on Tuesday, October 17 through Thursday, October 19, 2017 just outside of Moultire, Georgia.  Physical Location:  290-G Harper Boulevard, Moultrie, GA 31788-2157.  Gates open at 8:30 AM Eastern Time and close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday, and …

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    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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