In this Issue:
  • Weed of the Week: Goatweed
  • Weed of the Week: Southern Sandbur
  • Weed of the Week: Showy Crotalaria
  • 2017 NFREC Beef & Forage Field Day – September 15
  • Potassium Deficiency in Hay Fields can Enhance Disease Issues
  • Friday Feature: Hay Steamer
  • Jackson Cattlemen’s Tour July 21
  • Glystar Plus now Labeled for Perennial Peanut in Florida
  • July Cattle and Forage Management Reminders
  • Friday Feature: Tumblewheel Rolling Electric Fence
  • Forage & Pasture

    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/

    Weed of the Week: Southern Sandbur

    Across the Southern United States, Southern Sandbur (aka sandspur) can be found. It is an annual grass that grows in cropland and pastures, thriving in dry sandy soils. Southern Sandbur has a shallow fibrous root system and can easily invade poorly managed fields or pastures. It is known to impact the quality of hay fields, as …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/weed-of-the-week-southern-sandbur/

    Weed of the Week: Showy Crotalaria

    Commonly known as Showy Rattlebox, Showy Crotalaria is a fast growing summer annual that germinates in early spring and flowers in late summer. As a member of the legume family, it was brought to the United States to be used as a cover crop to help set nitrogen in dry sandy soils. Showy Crotalaria is …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/04/weed-of-the-week-showy-crotalaria/

    2017 NFREC Beef & Forage Field Day – September 15

    Friday, September 15, 2017 UF/IFAS NFREC Beef Research Unit
    (One mile west of Greenwood, FL on Hwy 162)

    Cattle producers are invited to visit the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, near Marianna, for a Beef and Forage Field Day to be held at the beef Research Unit on Friday, September 15.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/04/2017-nfrec-beef-forage-day-september-15/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/21/friday-feature-hay-steamer/

    Jackson Cattlemen’s Tour July 21

    2017 JCCA Cattlemen’s Tour 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM CDT, Friday, July 21

    The Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association will be hosting a ranch tour on Friday, July 21.  Tour participants will gain insights into hay production, presented by two-time Jackson County Hay Farmer of the Year, Jimmy Alday. The next stop will be at Luke Arnold’s …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/14/jackson-cattlemens-tour-july-21/

    Glystar Plus now Labeled for Perennial Peanut in Florida

    Brent Sellers, UF/IFAS Extension Weed Specialist

    Over the past several years, perennial peanut producers have encountered weeds that are much more difficult to control with the standard broadleaf and grass herbicides such as 2,4-D amine and Impose (imazapic). We had observed perennial peanut tolerance to glyphosate when attempting to maintain our research plot …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/30/glystar-plus-now-labeled-for-perennial-peanut-in-florida/

    July Cattle and Forage Management Reminders

    UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle worked to develop a basic management calendar for cattle producers.  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 Research Unit, Marianna, Florida.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/30/july-cattle-and-forage-management-reminders/

    Friday Feature: Tumblewheel Rolling Electric Fence

    Last week we kicked off National Forage Week with a promotional video, so it seemed only fitting to end the celebration with an innovation for grazing management.  Intensive mob grazing, or strip grazing of annual pastures requires a good deal of time and management, if you have to continuously move fences to rotate cattle.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/23/friday-feature-tumblewheel-rolling-electric-fence/

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