In this Issue:
  • Whole Farm Integrated Pest Management Video Modules
  • EEF Nitrogen: What is it, and do you Need it?
  • Jefferson Grazing Series to Focus on Best Management Practices
  • Slow-Release Fertilizers Gaining Momentum in Agriculture
  • Managing Aquatic Plants in Farm Ponds
  • PeanutFARM Website Aids Irrigation and Harvest Decisions
  • Longleaf Pine Incentive Program for Landowners west of the Appalachicola
  • Pond Weed Workshop – June 12th
  • Rye Cover Crop Holds Saturated Ground
  • Keep Water and Nutrients in the Root Zone
  • Natural Resources

    Whole Farm Integrated Pest Management Video Modules

    IPM Video

    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/

    EEF Nitrogen: What is it, and do you Need it?

    Fig. 1. Example of a coated fertilizer (left) and fertilizer coated with a urease and nitrification inhibitor, right. Coated fertilizer illustration courtesy of IPNI: http://www.ipni.net/

    As fertilizers get more expensive and the need to protect environmentally sensitive areas increases, farmers are looking for more efficient nitrogen (N) fertilizers. The Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) has defined enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEF) as “fertilizer products with characteristics that allow increased plant uptake and reduce the potential of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/08/08/eef-nitrogen-what-is-it-and-do-you-need-it/

    Jefferson Grazing Series to Focus on Best Management Practices

    Learn how to make the grass greener on YOUR side of the fence!

Photo by Jed Dillard

    Effective grazing management is a dynamic dance between maximizing animal performance and maintaining healthy pastures, preventing erosion and maintaining water quality. Join us on Tuesday, July 15 for the next session of the Jefferson Grazing Series. We’ll learn what Best Management Practices (BMP’s) are and how working with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/07/11/jefferson-grazing-series-to-focus-on-best-management-practices/

    Slow-Release Fertilizers Gaining Momentum in Agriculture

    Photo Credit:  Doug Mayo

    The ornamental and turfgrass industries have been using granular slow-release fertilizers for decades. The price has been prohibitive for large-scale agricultural use. In recent years, however, the price has become more affordable, making farmers take another look.

    Granular, slow-release fertilizers have a percentage of nutrients in forms that are not immediately available to the plant. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/06/27/slow-release-fertilizers-gaining-momentum-in-agriculture/

    Managing Aquatic Plants in Farm Ponds

    Everywhere you look, plants are responding enthusiastically to Florida’s abundant rains, sunshine, and fertile soils; and this includes aquatic plants as well!  Florida’s has hundreds of types of aquatic plants and they are often an overlooked feature of Florida’s landscape. Overlooked that is, until their lush growth interferes with our use of the water. This …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/06/06/managing-aquatic-plants-in-farm-ponds/

    PeanutFARM Website Aids Irrigation and Harvest Decisions

    The PeanutFARM website will soon offer automated peanut profiling to help growers decide the bet time to dig peanuts.

    By Diane Rowland, Plant Physiologist, UF/IFAS Agronomy Department

    The PeanutFARM website (http://agronomy.ifas.ufl.edu/peanutfarm) is a tool developed by the University of Florida Agronomy Department, to assist peanut farmers, consultants, and extension agents.  The program provides irrigation scheduling recommendations and monitoring of peanut maturity, on an individual field basis. PeanutFARM has 3 essential functions: 1) Irrigation …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/05/22/peanutfarm-website-aids-irrigation-and-harvest-decisions/

    Longleaf Pine Incentive Program for Landowners west of the Appalachicola

    Longleaf Pine

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Announces Longleaf Pine Incentives for Landowners

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Florida Forest Service (FFS) is currently accepting applications  through June 27, 2014 for its Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program which offers Florida’s non-industrial private landowners incentive payments for longleaf pine restoration.

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/05/22/longleaf-pine-incentive-program-for-landowners-west-of-the-appalachicola/

    Pond Weed Workshop – June 12th

    Excess aquatic vegetation can be a source of frustration for pond owners.

    Privately owned ponds and lakes are common across the Panhandle. Ponds are normally a source of  great enjoyment, but sometimes can cause frustration for their owners when aquatic weeds interfere with fishing. When unwanted or excess weeds build up in a pond, owners are often at a loss for how to manage the situation.  Fortunately, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/05/16/pond-weed-workshop-june-12th/

    Rye Cover Crop Holds Saturated Ground

    Rolling down rye cover crop on April 1

    It wasn’t raining on April 1st, when the inaugural Florida Soil Health and Cover Crop tour was held.  Participants heard descriptions of the value of a winter cover crop , such as cereal rye, in the production of a warm season cash crop. “Discover the Cover” was hosted by Jefferson County UF/IFAS Extension, the Jefferson …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/05/02/rye-cover-crop-holds-saturated-ground/

    Keep Water and Nutrients in the Root Zone

    Summer is rapidly approaching and irrigation demands by vegetable crops will be greatly increasing. Many areas of the Panhandle are blessed with well-drained soils, which are great during wet periods, but can be challenging to manage the water and nutrients provided to crops. Lighter or sandier soils have lower water holding capacity than soils with …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/04/25/keep-water-and-nutrients-in-the-root-zone/

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