In this Issue:
  • Mehlich 3: Improved Soil Testing for Florida Growers
  • Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program
  • New Pond and Drip Irrigation Fact Sheets added to EDIS
  • Deer Nutrition & Management Seminar September 18
  • 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
  • Natural Resources

    Mehlich 3: Improved Soil Testing for Florida Growers

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    There has been a change in the testing procedure at the UF/IFAS Lab which analyzes the nutrient profile of Florida’s soils. The Extension Soil Testing Laboratory (ESTL) has replaced the Mehlich 1 (M1) test with the Mehlich 3 (M3) test, but the question from many is why and what does this mean to the user …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/09/26/mehlich-3-improved-soil-testing-for-florida-growers/

    Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced this week that the Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program.

    “Invasive cogongrass spreads quickly and aggressively and can cause long-term problems if left untreated,” said State Forester Jim Karels. “In addition to reducing the productivity and value of forests …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/09/26/cogongrass-treatment-cost-share-program/

    New Pond and Drip Irrigation Fact Sheets added to EDIS

    The University of Florida IFAS Extension offers a database of fact sheets available for free download on the Internet called EDIS (Electronic Data Information Source) that has many publications of interest to farmers and ranchers in Northwest Florida. Each fact sheet has a PDF or printer friendly link in the top left corner. The following are just a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/09/19/new-pond-and-drip-irrigation-fact-sheets-added-to-edis/

    Deer Nutrition & Management Seminar September 18

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    UF/IFAS Extension, in cooperation with Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), is presenting a Deer Nutrition & Management Seminar. The seminar will address topics relating to food plots and perennial food sources as well as deer herd management techniques. Anyone interested in better managing the deer, and deer habitat on their property is encouraged to attend. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/09/05/deer-nutrition-management-seminar-september-18/

    Whole Farm Integrated Pest Management Video Modules

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    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/

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