In this Issue:
  • Weed of the Week: Bracken Fern
  • Holmes County Fall Cattle Forum – November 28
  • Winter Pastures Looking Yellow? It Could be a Sulfur Deficiency
  • Weed of the Week: Caesar’s Weed
  • UF/IFAS Researchers are Studying Endophytes in Florida Pasture Grasses
  • Weed of the Week: Blackberry
  • Managing Grazing Land to Enhance Bee Habitat
  • Weed of the Week: Maypop Passion Flower
  • October Cattle & Forage Management Reminders
  • Fall Herbicide Applications are Best for Blackberry Control in Pastures
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    Weed of the Week: Bracken Fern

    Bracken Fern is a common perennial fern that is found across the United States. Its ability to grow well is both dry and moist soils, as well as along tree lines, in wooded areas, and around buildings, make it a well-adapted species. While all parts of the fern are toxic, the rhizomes are most toxic, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/03/weed-of-the-week-bracken-fern/

    Holmes County Fall Cattle Forum – November 28

    Please make plans to join us on November 28th, 2017 for the Holmes County Fall Cattle Forum. The meeting will be held at the Ag Center in Bonifay, FL. A steak dinner will be sponsored by Southern Cattle Company. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by November  22nd  so we can get a head count …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/03/holmes-county-fall-cattle-forum-november-28/

    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/

    Weed of the Week: Caesar’s Weed

    Caesar’s Weed is a member of the Malvaceae family, which are typically grown for ornamental purpose. Other plants in this family include Hibiscus and Cotton. Caesar’s weed is most commonly is found in disturbed areas, pastures, and perennial crop plantations. This weed is considered to be very aggressive, growing 2 to 7 feet by the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/27/weed-of-the-week-caesars-weed/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/13/weed-of-the-week-blackberry/

    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/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/29/weed-of-the-week-maypop-passion-flower/

    October Cattle & 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 Unit, near Marianna, Florida.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/29/october-cattle-forage-management-reminders/

    Fall Herbicide Applications are Best for Blackberry Control in Pastures

    Brent Sellers and Jay Ferrell, UF/IFAS Weed Extension Specialists

    There are numerous briar or Rubus species (blackberry and dewberry) in the Southeastern U.S., many of which are found in Florida. Blackberry is common in most Florida pastures and can be overlooked for extended periods of time. However, lack of management can give rise to thickets …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/22/fall-herbicide-applications-are-best-for-blackberry-control-in-pastures/

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