In this Issue:
  • Spring is the Ideal Time for Aquatic Herbicide Application
  • Tung Trees – Historic Crop; Toxic Legacy
  • New Fact Sheets Added to EDIS in February
  • Underperforming Food Plots? Three Possible Reasons Why
  • Fertilizer Basics for Pastures and Hay Fields
  • Florida’s Valuable Water Resources and the Importance of Irrigation Efficiency
  • The Majestic Longleaf: One of the South’s Distinguished Trees
  • Mehlich 3: Improved Soil Testing for Florida Growers
  • Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program
  • New Pond and Drip Irrigation Fact Sheets added to EDIS
  • Natural Resources

    Spring is the Ideal Time for Aquatic Herbicide Application

    As water temperatures increase aquatic weed growth increases. Be sure to monitor ponds closely and control weeds before the problem gets too large.
Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

    Similar to Goldilocks’ porridge, water temperature doesn’t need to be too hot or too cold, it needs to be just right for using aquatic herbicides (70o – 80o F). Here in Florida these optimum water temperatures occur in the spring. Water temperature largely regulates the growth of most aquatic weeds; cool temperatures slow or stop …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/04/24/spring-is-the-ideal-time-for-aquatic-herbicide-application/

    Tung Trees – Historic Crop; Toxic Legacy

    The bright blossoms of the tung oil tree come from the center of new growth.  Photo by Jed Dillard

    The highway from Monticello to Tallahassee (US 90) is famous for its summer blooming crape myrtle trees donated by nurseryman Fred Mahan. This month, there’s another historic tree flowering along that highway, as well as in other parts of Jefferson county and North Florida. It’s the tung tree, imported from China to build a thriving …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/03/27/tung-trees-historic-crop-toxic-legacy/

    New Fact Sheets Added to EDIS in February

    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 …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/03/13/new-fact-sheets-added-to-edis-in-february/

    Underperforming Food Plots? Three Possible Reasons Why

    Deer hunting season has begun in Northwest Florida. As hunters venture into the woods and sit for hours on end they have plenty – sometimes too much – time to contemplate what they could have done, or should do to make their hunting experiences better. These plans for improvement may involve all kinds of things, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/12/12/underperforming-food-plots-three-possible-reasons-why/

    Fertilizer Basics for Pastures and Hay Fields

    Soil fertility and plant nutrient management is an important part of agroecosystems. Agroecological approaches to soil fertility and nutrient management begin with soil testing. A soil test will tell you soil pH. Soil pH affects the availability of nutrients to the plant. Soil pH should be adjusted to the optimal level for each crop before …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/11/14/fertilizer-basics-for-pastures-and-hay-fields/

    Florida’s Valuable Water Resources and the Importance of Irrigation Efficiency

     

    Competition for Water Resources in Florida

    In a state like Florida, where rivers, lakes, and springs abound, there seems to be no shortage of water.  Annual precipitation ranges from 45 inches in Clewiston to 69 inches in Milton (http://www.usclimatedata.com/) with typical rainfall patterns of greater precipitation during mid-summer.  Coincidentally, it is mid-summer when …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/11/10/floridas-valuable-water-resources-and-the-importance-of-irrigation-efficiency/

    The Majestic Longleaf: One of the South’s Distinguished Trees

    Steeped in history, the majestic longleaf (Pinus palustris) is an economically and ecologically important tree species of the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains. Its species name “palustris” means “of the marsh,” and although it is commonly associated with sandy, well drained areas, the longleaf pine is adapted to a range of soil types. Once the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/10/10/the-majestic-longleaf-one-of-the-souths-distinguished-trees/

    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/

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