In this Issue:
  • UGA Pasture Insect Alert
  • Friday Feature: Celebrate National Forage Week June 18-24
  • June Cattle & Forage Management Reminders
  • When is the Best Time to Fertilize Your Perennial Pastures?
  • Friday Feature: Water Quality Affects Cattle Performance
  • Tritcale is Gaining Popularity with Dairy and Beef Cattle Producers
  • Ecosystem Services provided by Grass-Legume Pastures
  • May Cattle & Forage Management Reminders
  • Converting from Pines to Pastures? Control Weeds before Planting
  • Controlling Adam’s Needle in Forages
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    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/16/friday-feature-celebrate-national-forage-week-june-18-24/

    June 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 Research Unit, Marianna, Florida.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/09/june-cattle-forage-management-reminders/

    When is the Best Time to Fertilize Your Perennial Pastures?

    Cheryl Mackowiak, Soils Specialist

    It is June and we are fast approaching the longest day of the year (June 21st). You may wonder what day length has to do with timing your fertilizer applications. In general, perennial pasture grasses are photoperiod sensitive. In other words, their growth and flowering (seed head formation) respond to day …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/02/when-is-the-best-time-to-fertilize-your-perennial-pastures/

    Friday Feature: Water Quality Affects Cattle Performance

    This week’s featured video was developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service to explain the benefits of good quality water for livestock.  Alabama Water Resources Extension Specialist, Eve Brantley, discusses the best water practices to use in your cattle operation.

    Cattle consume 2 gallons of water per 100 pounds of body weight per day, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/25/friday-feature-water-quality-affects-cattle-performance/

    Tritcale is Gaining Popularity with Dairy and Beef Cattle Producers

    Ann Blount, Cheryl Mackowiak, Nick DiLorenzo and Jose Dubeux, UF/IFAS NFREC Marianna

    Triticale is a winter forage that is gaining in popularity in the Southeast. The name might sound unfamiliar (pronounced trit-i-kay-lee), but it has become increasingly sought after in recent years.  Dairy farmers in the Southeast have had success using triticale for silage production. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/19/tritcale-is-gaining-popularity-with-dairy-and-beef-cattle-producers/

    Ecosystem Services provided by Grass-Legume Pastures

    Jose Dubeux, Liza Garcia, David Jaramillo, Erick Santos, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

    You might not be familiar with the term “Ecosystem Services,” but putting it simply, these are the benefits obtained from ecosystems (interactions between living organisms in a particular environment). These services benefit both people and the environment. Ecosystem …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/12/ecosystem-services-provided-by-grass-legume-pastures/

    May Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

    UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle developed a basic management calendar for cattle producers in the region.  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, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/28/may-cattle-forage-management-reminders/

    Converting from Pines to Pastures? Control Weeds before Planting

    With the continued expansion of beef cattle in our area, pasture and hay land is becoming scarce for new producers, and others interested in expanding their operation. Most of the counties in the Florida Panhandle have over 60% of their land in timber. Thousands of acres were put in the CRP program back in the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/21/converting-from-pines-to-pastures-control-weeds-before-planting/

    Controlling Adam’s Needle in Forages

    Although not an extremely common weed in established and well managed pastures and hayfields, Adam’s Needle (Yucca filamentosa L.) can be a persistent and unwanted weed, especially in pastures that have been recently established in reclaimed timberland, or in areas of deep sandy soils.

    This field of Ecoturf perennial peanut has a small infestation at …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/07/controlling-adams-needle-in-forages/

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