In this Issue:
  • NRCS: 2017 EQIP Application Deadline October 21
  • Using the Linear Bed Foot System for Vegetable Fertilization
  • Panhandle Outdoors: St. Joseph Bay Coastal Ecosystem Water School
  • Planning Ahead for Dove Season
  • Five Tips to Reduce Pesticide Spray Drift
  • Panhandle Pond Management Workshops May 31 & June 7
  • Environmentally Smart Nitrogen (ESN) as a Controlled-release Nitrogen source for Corn and Cotton
  • Control Burning Newly Planted Longleaf Pines and Saplings
  • State Looking for Landowners wanting to Permanently Preserve Agricultural Land
  • A Hook, Line & Sinker Approach to Pond Management
  • Natural Resources

    NRCS: 2017 EQIP Application Deadline October 21

    Assistance Helps Florida Farmers, Ranchers Conserve Natural Resources Application deadline for 2017 financial assistance:
    Friday, October 21, 2016

    Florida farmers, ranchers, and forest owners can apply until October 21st  for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for fiscal year 2017 …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/09/09/nrcs-2017-eqip-application-deadline-october-21/

    Using the Linear Bed Foot System for Vegetable Fertilization

    Some production systems, particularly vegetables, utilize wide row spacing (anywhere from 4 to 8 foot wide). In these systems it is of economic and environmental importance to fertilize the crop root zones evenly, and not fertilize the row middles, where nutrients will go to waste or could even become a pollutant. The linear bed foot …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/08/26/using-the-linear-bed-foot-system-for-vegetable-fertilization/

    Panhandle Outdoors: St. Joseph Bay Coastal Ecosystem Water School

    Northwest Florida is considered one of the top six biodiversity hotspots in the country. The reasons why begin with our unique water features.  The University of Florida IFAS Extension faculty are expanding their acclaimed “Panhandle Outdoors Live!” field trips into two-day events for 2016. They will include presentations as well as traditional excursions to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/07/22/panhandle-outdoors-st-joseph-bay-coastal-ecosystem-water-school/

    Planning Ahead for Dove Season

    Planning Ahead for Dove Season

    Every Fall, sportsmen of all ages set their sights on the mourning dove (Zenaida macroura), one of the most widely hunted migratory birds in the United States.  Because it is migratory bird, management falls under federal and state regulations.  Annually, Extension agents receive questions about the legality of putting out …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/07/08/planning-ahead-for-dove-season/

    Five Tips to Reduce Pesticide Spray Drift

    Erdal Ozkan, Agricultural Engineering, Ohio State University

    Due to concerns for production costs, safety, and the environment, it is important to maximize the pesticide …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/06/24/five-tips-to-reduce-pesticide-spray-drift/

    Panhandle Pond Management Workshops May 31 & June 7

    Ponds can be a source of great enjoyment. However, properly managing them to meet your desired goals can be challenging. Panhandle Pond Management, a two part series being offered by UF/IFAS Extension, is designed to help pond owners/managers become more successful in reaching their goals. Specialists from campus will be onsite to share their expertise. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/05/06/panhandle-pond-management-workshops-may-31-june-7/

    Environmentally Smart Nitrogen (ESN) as a Controlled-release Nitrogen source for Corn and Cotton

    Urea on the left, ESN on the right.  Photo credit:  Mike Mulvaney

    Dr. Michael J. Mulvaney, Cropping Systems Specialist, WFREC, Jay, FL

    Environmentally Smart Nitrogen (ESN) is a polymer-coated urea formulated as 44-0-0. The reason it contains 2% less nitrogen (N) than urea (which is 46-0-0) is due to the weight of the polymer coating.  ESN is commercially available in bulk in some parts of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/04/01/environmentally-smart-nitrogen-esn-as-a-controlled-release-nitrogen-source-for-corn-and-cotton/

    Control Burning Newly Planted Longleaf Pines and Saplings

    Goodchild brown spot needle blight

    Controlling competing vegetation and brown spot disease are two of the main reasons prescribe burns are recommended for young longleaf plantations:

  • Longleaf pine seedling do not compete well with vegetation, and will stay in the grass stage for years, if vegetation is not controlled by fire, mowing or herbicides. Using improved containerized seedlings, along with …

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  • Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/04/01/control-burning-newly-planted-longleaf-pines-and-saplings/

    State Looking for Landowners wanting to Permanently Preserve Agricultural Land

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced on March 30, 2016 that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will invest $35 million toward the protection and preservation of working agricultural lands in Florida and invites agricultural land owners to apply to the conservation program. The Rural and Family Lands …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/04/01/state-looking-for-landowners-wanting-to-permanently-preserve-agricultural-land/

    A Hook, Line & Sinker Approach to Pond Management

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    Florida is home to literally thousands of ponds, some natural, some man made. Most of these ponds are used solely for recreation. However, some ponds are used for farming needs, whether for irrigation or livestock purposes. In either case, ponds can provide excellent fishing environments, if managed properly.

    A good philosophy to have when thinking …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/03/11/hook-line-sinker-approach-to-pond-management/

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