In this Issue:
  • Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay
  • 2017 Average Farm Land Rent and Labor Rates
  • Cow-calf Profitability Better than Expected in 2017
  • Farm Bureau Survey Reveals Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years
  • Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest Part 2
  • Update – What to Know About the New Temporary Ag Worker Bill?
  • Cindale Dairy Receives Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award
  • Future Livestock Producers are Developed through Local Livestock Shows
  • Three Florida Farms Recognized through the SE Hay Contest
  • Friday Feature: Baler-Wrapper Combo for Baleage
  • General Agriculture

    Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay

    Two general statements to begin the discussion:

  • Florida grass hay is generally not sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of a lactating brood cow.
  • A fall/early winter calving season is a fairly standard practice in Northwest Florida.
  • These two statements imply that most lactating brood cows will be fed hay this winter that is incapable …

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    2017 Average Farm Land Rent and Labor Rates

    Some of the most challenging conversations, in almost any relationship, are the ones about money.  This is certainly true as farmers and landowners negotiate lease agreements, or managers and workers negotiate salaries for the year ahead. It can be pretty challenging to determine a “fair price” to rent a specific farm, or to set the …

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    Cow-calf Profitability Better than Expected in 2017

    Source: Livestock marketing Information Center

    Cattle prices during the fourth quarter of 2017 were significantly stronger than expected. Higher prices caused 2017’s calculated cow-calf return over cash costs plus pasture rent to be revised up. In fact, earlier in 2017, the forecast …

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    Farm Bureau Survey Reveals Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years

    Source:  American Farm Bureau

    American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.87.

    The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – came in …

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    Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest Part 2

    In early October we shared the first two videos in the “A Cut Above the Rest” video series produced by Massey Ferguson, that features Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Specialist.  This week we share the third and fourth videos in this series that provides helpful tips for protecting the quality of your hay at harvest.

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    Update – What to Know About the New Temporary Ag Worker Bill?

    The new Temporary Agricultural Workers Visa Program (H-2C bill) passed the United States House Judiciary Committee review last Wednesday. H-2C is described in the Ag Worker Act (HR-4092). H-2C is a proposed update to the current H-2A program. Hopefully the new program will simplify hiring temporary workers for farm work. Before going into the details …

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    Cindale Dairy Receives Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award

    Source:  Florida Department of Agriculture

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced on November 1, 2017 the recipients of the Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes the environmentally innovative farming techniques of Florida’s farmers and ranchers. This year’s recipients are: Brad and Meghan Austin and Dale and Cindy Eade of Cindale Farms

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    Future Livestock Producers are Developed through Local Livestock Shows

     

    Santa Rosa County Extension Agents have worked closely with the Santa Rosa County Fair over the last five years to grow the livestock show. The Santa Rosa County Fair (SRC Fair) is held in April each year, but requires considerable planning throughout the year. The board has many sub-committees that focus on the various …

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    Three Florida Farms Recognized through the SE Hay Contest

    The winners of the 2017 Southeast Hay Contest were recognized on Tuesday, October 17 at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia.  Seldom Rest Farm, Pulaski, TN was the overall winner with their entry of extremely high quality alfalfa hay with a relative forage quality (RFQ) score was 269.  Three Florida farms were also …

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    Friday Feature: Baler-Wrapper Combo for Baleage

    At the Sunbelt Ag Expo, I had the opportunity to visit with numerous local farmers who stopped by the UF/IFAS Extension barn.   I enjoyed asking them, “What was the coolest thing you saw today?”  Several Florida farmers shared with excitement that they had seen a demonstration of McHale forage equipment that can …

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