In this Issue:
  • High Tunnel Exclusion Systems for Improved Pest Management
  • Beef Herd Expansion Progress Report
  • Cover Crops can Boost the Fertility of Subsequent Cash Crops
  • High Tunnels Can Exclude Vegetable Pests
  • Whole Farm Integrated Pest Management Video Modules
  • Cover Crops
  • Is my Small Farm Organic?
  • Organic

    High Tunnel Exclusion Systems for Improved Pest Management

    Author: Jose Perez, UF/IFAS Small Farms Extension Coordinator

    Dr. Ayanava Majumdar is an Extension Entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. His work focuses on finding practical solutions for managing insect pests that affect peanut and vegetable crops. “Dr. A,” as he is commonly known, has developed a very strong relationship …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/08/26/high-tunnel-exclusion-systems-for-improved-pest-management/

    Beef Herd Expansion Progress Report

    Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

    We are now two years into herd expansion and that leads to questions of how much more herd expansion is ahead and, to a lesser degree, questions about how fast remaining herd expansion will occur.  Beginning with a January, 2014 low of 29.1 million …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/03/11/beef-herd-expansion-progress-report/

    Cover Crops can Boost the Fertility of Subsequent Cash Crops

    Fall crops are the focus of many small farmers in Florida this time of year, but it would be prudent to take a peak forward and start planning for the spring season. Many small farmers that sell directly to consumers at venues like farmers markets and farm stands feel the demand from consumers for “Local,” …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/10/30/small-farms-cover-crop-fertility/

    High Tunnels Can Exclude Vegetable Pests

    High tunnel crop production has steadily increased in Northwest Florida, with many utilizing funding from the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). There are many benefits to high tunnel production with crop earliness being the most talked about. Another major benefit being observed through trials in Jay, FL, at the UF/IFAS …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/06/19/high-tunnels-can-exclude-vegetable-pests/

    Whole Farm Integrated Pest Management Video Modules

    If you are interested in learning how to manage pests using integrated pest management (IPM) strategies on a whole farm or whole landscape level, a team of University of Florida IFAS Extension faculty has developed a series of video modules just for you. These modules were developed at the UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/08/15/whole-farm-integrated-pest-management-video-modules/

    Cover Crops

    Cover crops have been used by agricultural producers for thousands of years.  However, we have seen a decline in cover crop use over the past century, as the use of commercial fertilizers have increased.  Even though they are readily available and easy to use, commercial fertilizers, by themselves however, do not increase or …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2013/10/25/cover-crops-2/

    Is my Small Farm Organic?

    What is Organic Crop Production?

    There are many Small Farms all throughout the Panhandle wishing to tap into the organic production market.  Misconceptions of organic production lead some to believe it is as simple as avoiding spraying “poisons” or pesticides, and to use organic forms of fertilizer rather than mineral fertilizers.  There is much more …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2013/08/09/is-my-small-farm-organic/