In this Issue:
  • Limpograss: A Potential Forage Stockpiling Option for North Florida
  • Weed of the Week: Perilla Mint
  • Thinning the Pawpaw Patch in Your Pastures
  • Bahiagrass Pasture Fertilization – Is it Worth the Money?
  • Beef Cattle Basics Session 2 – Reproduction Management – May 8
  • Florida Beef Cattle Short Course – May 9-11
  • Weed of the Week: Lantana
  • Weed of the Week: Prickly Pear Cactus
  • Highlights and Presentations from the 2018 Forage Legume Conference
  • Managing Dung Beetles to Enhance Cattle Production
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    Limpograss: A Potential Forage Stockpiling Option for North Florida

     

    Jose Dubeux, Erick Santos, David Jaramillo, Liza Garcia, UF-IFAS NFREC

    Limpograss (Hemarthria altissima) has been successfully adopted in South Florida by livestock producers. This unique grass grows well in flatwood soils, and maintains its digestibility for longer periods than other warm-season grasses (e.g. bahiagrass and bermudagrass), making it a good candidate for stockpiling. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/06/01/limpograss-a-potential-forage-stockpiling-option-for-north-florida/

    Weed of the Week: Perilla Mint

    Perilla Mint is a toxic ornamental that has escaped from landscapes in the Southern U.S. and is now an established pasture weed. As a summer annual it grows in shaded areas up to a height of 2 feet tall. It is often identified by its purple shading on the undersides of the leaves. All parts …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/25/weed-of-the-week-perilla-mint/

    Thinning the Pawpaw Patch in Your Pastures

    Pawpaws (Asimina spp.) are members of the custard family, and 10 species are known to occur in the state.  Of these 10, fourpetal pawpaw (Asimina tetramera) is on the endangered species list, but this species is found primarily in coastal pine scrub habitats in Martin and Palm Beach counties.  Most pawpaw species in Florida are …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/18/thinning-the-pawpaw-patch-in-your-pastures/

    Bahiagrass Pasture Fertilization – Is it Worth the Money?

    One area of management that often comes up in discussions with producers managing smaller herds is pasture fertilization.  There are several aspects that can be confusing.  The first questions are, “Should I fertilize?”  and, “Is it worth the money?”  The next question is, “How much fertilizer do I need?”  And generally, the final question, “What …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/11/bahiagrass-pasture-fertilization-is-it-worth-the-money/

    Beef Cattle Basics Session 2 – Reproduction Management – May 8

    Beef Cattle Basics is an educational series provided by UF/IFAS Extension, which has been designed to give new and experienced producers a solid educational foundation for their beef cattle enterprises. Beef Cattle Basics will address six topics that are essential to beef operations of any size:

  • Forages – Variety Selection and Establishment Procedures
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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/04/beef-cattle-basics-six-part-series-begins-april-12/

    Florida Beef Cattle Short Course – May 9-11

     

    The 2018 Beef Short Course Program Committee and the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences encourage cattle ranchers to attend the 67th annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course in Gainesville, Florida May 9-11, 2018. The Short Course will be held at the Straughn Extension Professional Development Center, 2142 Shealy Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611.

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/20/florida-beef-cattle-short-course-may-9-11/

    Weed of the Week: Lantana

     

    First introduced into the southern states as a perennial ornamental, Lantana is easily identified during the growing season by its vibrant multi-colored flowers. Currently, Lantana is listed as one of the top 10 more troublesome weeds in Florida, with documented occurrences in 58 of 67 counties. While it is still sold as an ornamental, commercially …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/13/weed-of-the-week-lantana/

    Weed of the Week: Prickly Pear Cactus

    Prickly Pear Cactus is not a pasture weed issue everywhere in Florida, but if you have them, they can be one of the most difficult weeds to control. Prickly Pear Cactus can reproduce through fragmentation, meaning that each pad can separate from the “mother plant” and set roots, and become a new plant. Because Prickly Pear Cactus …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/06/weed-of-the-week-prickly-pear-cactus/

    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/

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