In this Issue:
  • Water Source Recommendations for Food Safety
  • Cotton Marketing News: Old and New Crop
  • Friday Feature: Satsumas from Farm to Schools
  • Using Solar Energy to Pump Water for Livestock
  • Don’t Let Under-Performing Cows Hide in Your Herd
  • Time is Running Out to Complete the 2017 Census of Agriculture
  • Friday Double Feature: Rethink the Ranch Beef Consumer Campaign
  • Utilizing Compost to Boost Crop Productivity
  • Cotton Marketing News: The March to 80 Cents
  • Friday Feature: B-Wrap Weather Protection for Hay Bales
  • General Agriculture

    Water Source Recommendations for Food Safety

    Supplemental water is necessary for good crop yields in fruit and vegetable production. Water quality is equally as important as water quantity when it comes to fruit and vegetable production. Unfortunately, water can transport harmful microorganisms from adjacent lands or other areas of the farm. The water source and how the water is applied influence …

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    Cotton Marketing News: Old and New Crop

    Last week (May 10,2018) USDA released its monthly crop production and supply and demand estimates.  Each year, the May report contains the first projections for the upcoming new crop year.  Here is a summary of major points for both 2017 old crop, and 2018 new crop.

    Old Crop (2017) Revisions/Updates

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    Friday Feature: Satsumas from Farm to Schools

    This week’s featured video was produced by Chartwells School Dining Services to highlight their “Farm to School” program.  This video features the relationship that was established with Cherokee Farms, Marianna, Florida to supply every student in the Duval County School District with fresh satsuma citrus.  This story highlights the success of their program for purchasing …

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    Using Solar Energy to Pump Water for Livestock

    Sometimes the cost of running overhead power lines to power remote pumps is cost prohibitive on large acreages.  This causes farmers and ranchers to look for alternative energy sources.  In Florida, a great energy source is solar energy.

    There are many advantages to using solar energy to pump water for livestock.  It is a definite …

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    Don’t Let Under-Performing Cows Hide in Your Herd

    There is a mountain of good research data out there that shows that one of the best cattle herd management strategies is a defined breeding season.  The breeding season should be less than 120 days, and ideally should be 60 – 90 days to see all the associated management benefits.  If you are unclear regarding …

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    Time is Running Out to Complete the 2017 Census of Agriculture

    Source:  USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the window is closing on the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. As of April 24, NASS has received more than 1.5 million completed questionnaires. But the national …

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    Friday Double Feature: Rethink the Ranch Beef Consumer Campaign

    This week’s featured videos were developed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as part of the “Rethink the Ranch” campaign.  The video series shares introduces consumers to six cattle modern operations and the real people who grow the cattle that ultimately become the product they love to eat.

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    Utilizing Compost to Boost Crop Productivity

    International Compost Awareness Week is May 6-12 this year. This educational initiative, promoted by the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation, was started in Canada in 1995, and has continued to grow in popularity as communities, businesses, municipalities, schools, and organizations celebrate the benefits of compost and composting. But perhaps the most important people involved …

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    Cotton Marketing News: The March to 80 Cents

    Eighty-cent cotton is within sight.  Prices (December futures) trended down last week, but rebounded on Thursday and Friday—closing at 79.43 cents.  December 2018 futures broke 79 cents for the first time, and gained 52 points for the week.

    Some producers began and priced some of their expected 2018 production between 72 and 75 …

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    Friday Feature: B-Wrap Weather Protection for Hay Bales

    On Thursday of this week, Sun South John Deere hosted a Hay Equipment Demo Day at the UF/IFAS Marianna Beef Research Unit.  Participants at the event got to see a new product called B-Wrap demonstrated.  This week’s featured video was produced by Tama Farm Grown Solutions to introduce their partnership with John …

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