In this Issue:
  • Fall Herbicide Applications are Best for Blackberry Control in Pastures
  • Weed of the Week: Cogongrass
  • Evaluate Forage Production While the Grass is Still Growing
  • Winter Annual Forage Seed Costs: What is the Best Deal?
  • Weed of the Week: Goatweed
  • Potassium Deficiency in Hay Fields can Enhance Disease Issues
  • Jackson Cattlemen’s Tour July 21
  • Friday Feature: Tumblewheel Rolling Electric Fence
  • UGA Pasture Insect Alert
  • Friday Feature: Celebrate National Forage Week June 18-24
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    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/

    Weed of the Week: Cogongrass

    Cogongrass was accidentally introduced into Alabama in the 1900’s, but intentionally brought to Florida in the 1930’s as a potential forage and soil stabilizer. Currently it can be found in 73 countries and on every continent. Since being introduced Cogongrass has spread to nearly every county in Florida, and today is considered a major pest …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/22/weed-of-the-week-cogongrass/

    Evaluate Forage Production While the Grass is Still Growing

    There has been a delightful coolness in the air these first few “post Irma” days. Don’t be fooled, it’s not fall yet. Mid-September, in Florida, is definitely still summer and pasture grass should not be in short supply in the summer. This is a good time of year to evaluate your operation’s forage production ability.

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/15/evaluate-forage-production-while-the-grass-is-still-growing/

    Winter Annual Forage Seed Costs: What is the Best Deal?

    Source:  UGA Forage Extension Team Adam Speir, UGA Madison County Extension Director, and Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA State Forage Extension Specialist

    If you haven’t priced annual ryegrass seed yet, I’d suggest having some heart medicine at the ready, or a defibrillator handy. Ryegrass seed is significantly higher than it has been the last few …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/18/winter-annual-forage-seed-costs-what-is-the-best-deal/

    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/

    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/

    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/

    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/

    UGA Pasture Insect Alert

    Bermudagrass Stem Maggot

    While doing plot work at the Sunbelt Ag Expo late this week, Dr. Lisa Baxter (a post-doc in our program hired to assist with our stem maggot research) and I observed bermudagrass stem maggot pressure in our bermudagrass stands there. Alicia, Coastal, Russell, Tifton 44, and common bermudagrass had all suffered more than …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/16/uga-pasture-insect-alert/

    Friday Feature: Celebrate National Forage Week June 18-24

    National Forage Week is Sunday June 18 through Saturday June 24, 2017.  This week’s featured video, produced by the American Forage and Grassland Council, highlights some of the positive impacts of forage production in the U.S.  If you are a forage producer, please share this video using your social media accounts to …

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