In this Issue:
  • Thinning the Pawpaw Patch in Your Pastures
  • Sunn Hemp for Forage or Wildlife Food Plots
  • Weed of the Week: Lantana
  • Managing Dung Beetles to Enhance Cattle Production
  • Preparing for a Successful Grazing Season
  • Friday Feature: Lock Jawz Insulators for T-Post Fences
  • Friday Feature: Preventing Needlestick Injuries to Ranch Hands
  • Friday Feature: Timeless Fence System
  • Cool Season Forages – What Grew Well this Year
  • Quarantine Lifted, Screwworms Eradicated from Florida Keys
  • Sheep

    Thinning the Pawpaw Patch in Your Pastures

    Pawpaws (Asimina spp.) are members of the custard family, and 10 species are known to occur in the state.  Of these 10, fourpetal pawpaw (Asimina tetramera) is on the endangered species list, but this species is found primarily in coastal pine scrub habitats in Martin and Palm Beach counties.  Most pawpaw species in Florida are …

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    Sunn Hemp for Forage or Wildlife Food Plots

    Sunn hemp is a fast growing, warm season, annual legume.  It grows 6-7 feet tall.  Sunn hemp can tolerate a wide range of soil pH (5.0-8.4).  It is native to India and Pakistan.  The University of Hawaii and USDA NRCS, together, released the variety called “Tropic Sun” in 1982.  This variety only makes seed during …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/20/sunn-hemp-for-forage-or-wildlife-food-plots/

    Weed of the Week: Lantana

     

    First introduced into the southern states as a perennial ornamental, Lantana is easily identified during the growing season by its vibrant multi-colored flowers. Currently, Lantana is listed as one of the top 10 more troublesome weeds in Florida, with documented occurrences in 58 of 67 counties. While it is still sold as an ornamental, commercially …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/13/weed-of-the-week-lantana/

    Managing Dung Beetles to Enhance Cattle Production

    Authors: Derrick Conover, and Xavier Martini, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

    Throughout the world, dung beetles are important beneficial insects to cattle pasture ecosystems, as they support the processing and removal of livestock waste. With approximately 1.7 million beef cows and calves, and 115,000 dairy cows that contribute $848 million …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/16/managing-dung-beetles-to-enhance-cattle-production/

    Preparing for a Successful Grazing Season

    Marcelo Wallau – UF/IFAS Forages Extension Specialist, Caitlin Bainum – UF Agronomy Department  MS Student and Marion Co. Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Agent, and Liliane Severino da Silva –  UF Agronomy Department  PhD Student

    It is never too early to start planning. As summer approaches, our main forage growing season in Florida, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/02/preparing-for-a-successful-grazing-season/

    Friday Feature: Lock Jawz Insulators for T-Post Fences

    This week’s featured video was produced by Lock JawzThis farmer owned company has developed a unique fencing product designed to attach high-tensile, poly-wire, or barbed-wire to metal T-posts that are commonly used for fences in the region.  These snap-in-place insulators can attach wire to T-posts in six different potions, as seen in the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/05/friday-feature-lockjawz-for-t-post-fences/

    Friday Feature: Preventing Needlestick Injuries to Ranch Hands

    More than 80% of workers on livestock farms have accidentally stuck themselves with needles used for vaccine and drug administration.  Accidental needlestick injuries are usually minor, but can be serious with skin infections, allergic reactions, and deep tissue wounds that require surgery.   This week’s featured video was developed by the Upper Midwest Agricultural …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/friday-feature-preventing-needlestick-injuries-to-ranch-hands/

    Friday Feature: Timeless Fence System

    This week’s Friday featured video showcases an innovation in fence posts and braces for livestock fences.  Plastic Innovation, Greeneville, Tennessee has developed the Timeless Fence System that utilizes recycled plastic to create PVC t-posts and fence braces that are flexible and strong, yet totally insulated for use with high-tensile electric fencing without the need …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/02/friday-feature-timeless-fence-system/

    Cool Season Forages – What Grew Well this Year

    Every fall producers select which cool season forage varieties they want to utilize in their operations and by the following spring some are happy with the choices they made and others are not. In an effort to help producers make a more informed decision, UF/IFAS personnel, with funding from the Florida Milk Check-Off, plant a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/cool-season-forages-what-grew-well-this-year/

    Quarantine Lifted, Screwworms Eradicated from Florida Keys

    In the fall of 2016, USDA’s Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of screwworms in the Florida Keys.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) announced on March 18, 2017 that they were winding down their response to the screwworm infestation in Monroe County.  After months of surveillance, trapping, sterile …

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