In this Issue:
  • Developing a “Stress Breathalyzer” for Peanuts
  • Still Need the Mandatory Dicamba Resistant Crop Training?
  • Friday Feature: Shenandoah Dairy Video Farm Tour
  • Featured Video: Documentary of the History of Soil Conservation in the U.S.
  • Mandatory Dicamba Resistant Crop Training – March 16
  • Featured Video: Chemical Control of Chinese Privet
  • Florida Sod Production BMP Manual is Being Revised
  • Weed of the Week: Chinese Tallow
  • Featured Video: Variable Rate Pivot Irrigation
  • Maximize Your Farm’s Energy Efficiency with Free Evaluations and FDACS Cost-Share Program
  • Natural Resources

    Developing a “Stress Breathalyzer” for Peanuts

    Yu-Chien Tseng, Brendan Zurweller and Diane Rowland, UF/IFAS Agronomy Department

    Growers typically use indirect methods to sense crop stress, such as soil moisture sensors to predict crop drought stress or models to predict disease risk. Directly monitoring the stress levels experienced by the crop would give an immediate snapshot of crop condition, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/13/developing-a-stress-breathalyzer-for-peanuts/

    Still Need the Mandatory Dicamba Resistant Crop Training?

    Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered new dicamba herbicide product formulations for making applications to dicamba tolerant cotton and soybean crops. As a result, many states were overwhelmed with drift complaints regarding sensitive crops. This led to the 2018 EPA announcement requiring that anyone who wishes to apply dicamba to dicamba tolerant …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/06/still-need-the-mandatory-dicamba-resistant-crop-training/

    Friday Feature: Shenandoah Dairy Video Farm Tour

    This week’s featured video was produced by Florida Dairy Farmers.  The Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents (FACAA) toured Shenandoah Dairy, as part of their Mid-Year Meeting this week.  I was fortunate enough to see this amazing farming operation in person.  Through the following video, Ed Henderson, Shenandoah Dairy, Live Oak, FL provides a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/06/friday-feature-shenandoah-dairy-video-farm-tour/

    Featured Video: Documentary of the History of Soil Conservation in the U.S.

    This week’s featured video is a documentary produced by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  This 20 minute documentary highlights the history of the NRCS and the father of soil conservation, Hugh Hammond Bennett, and the effort he put into developing the private lands conservation movement that is so prevalent in the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/02/23/featured-video-documentary-of-the-history-of-soil-conservation-in-the-u-s/

    Mandatory Dicamba Resistant Crop Training – March 16

    Friday March 16, 2018 10:00 AM -12:00 PM Eastern, 9:00-11:00 Central Live Video Conference to be hosted simultaneously by UF/IFAS Extension Offices across North Florida

    Purpose of the Training

    In 2017, dicamba resistant crops were registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive dicamba herbicide applications over-the-top of growing cotton or soybean …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/02/09/mandatory-dicamba-resistant-crop-training-march-16/

    Featured Video: Chemical Control of Chinese Privet

    This week’s featured video was produced by Alabama Extension to show the results of a Chinese Privet chemical control demonstration.  This video shares the results for three techniques used for privet control: foliar (spraying leaves), cut stump, and basal bark treatment.  There is also a companion fact sheet that provides more details on controlling …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/02/02/featured-video-chemical-control-of-chinese-privet/

    Florida Sod Production BMP Manual is Being Revised

     

    Bryan Unruh, UF/IFAS Turf Specialist

    Sod production in Florida contributes approximately $300 million to the state’s economy annually. As the economy continues to rebound and new houses are built to accommodate Florida’s population growth, sod will also see an increase in demand, which bodes well for Florida’s sod producers.

    Best management …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/26/florida-sod-production-bmp-manual-is-being-revised/

    Weed of the Week: Chinese Tallow

    Chinese Tallow is an invasive tree that is now well established in the Southern United States. It first became a concern in natural areas, due to its invasive nature and adverse effect on native communities of plants. Chinese tallow was first recognized as an issue in the Carolinas in the 1970s, and since has spread through …

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    Featured Video: Variable Rate Pivot Irrigation

    This week’s featured video was produced by Alabama Extension to share the results of a successful project installing a variable rate center pivot irrigation system on a farm.  They used a combination of advanced soil mapping and soil moisture sensors to develop the map needed to program the equipment and to guide irrigation scheduling.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/26/featured-video-variable-rate-pivot-irrigation/

    Maximize Your Farm’s Energy Efficiency with Free Evaluations and FDACS Cost-Share Program

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Office of Energy is currently offering free energy evaluations, along with cost-share funds to increase on-farm energy efficiency for agricultural producers in Florida. This includes all types of operations, such as row crop, fruit and vegetable farms, nurseries, livestock and poultry operations, dairies, and aquaculture farms.

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/12/maximize-your-farms-energy-efficiency-with-free-evaluations-and-fdacs-cost-share-program/

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