In this Issue:
  • “Panhandle Outdoors LIVE!” Schedule for 2016
  • Winterizing Irrigation Systems
  • Owls – Florida’s Remarkable Birds of Prey
  • Idle Farm Equipment Makes an Ideal Habitat For Black Widow Spiders
  • NRCS EQIP Program Application Deadline December 18
  • Recreational Fish Pond Management Workshop November 3
  • Wildlife Food Plot Fundamentals Workshop October 8th
  • Panhandle Invasive Species Workshop Thursday October 15th
  • Panhandle Outdoors LIVE offers Aucilla River Sinks Tour September 30
  • Biochar: New Applications of an Old Agricultural Practice
  • Natural Resources

    “Panhandle Outdoors LIVE!” Schedule for 2016

    Florida's ..... Photo by Judy Biss

    Northwest Florida is considered one of the top six biodiversity hotspots in the country. The reasons why begin with our unique water features.  Join us to explore these waters and learn more about the Panhandle’s hidden ecological treasures!

    “Panhandle Outdoors LIVE!” is stepping it up a notch for 2016.  This year we’ll explore four Panhandle …

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    Winterizing Irrigation Systems

    Center Pivot Irrigation

    Gary L. Hawkins, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Department & Calvin D. Perry, C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park 

    Irrigation systems are typically used during the summer months to supply supplemental irrigation water to crops as needed. This application of water can be through drip irrigation systems on the surface or sub-surface. Application of …

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    Owls – Florida’s Remarkable Birds of Prey

    Some of my favorite creatures are owls, and as you can see by the quotes below, owls have captivated humans across the ages.

    “And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.”
    ―Isaiah 34:13

    “Owl,” …

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    Idle Farm Equipment Makes an Ideal Habitat For Black Widow Spiders

    Though normally shy, a cornered or accidently injured black widow spider can inflict a damaging bite.

    As the growing season concludes, field equipment is parked in the barns and sheds across the Panhandle. After an all too brief rest, farmers and ranchers perform the necessary maintenance on these agricultural assets.  Even still, unpowered and idle, this equipment can pose a danger. Insects are attracted to any crop residue remaining, and the …

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    NRCS EQIP Program Application Deadline December 18

    Application deadline for NRCS financial assistance December 18

    Florida farmers and ranchers can apply until Friday, December 18, 2015, for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs for fiscal year 2016 funding. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis for all programs, funding selections are typically …

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    Recreational Fish Pond Management Workshop November 3

    Atkins pond photo

    WHEN:  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015  –  6:00-8:00 PM Central
    WHERE: Jay Community Center (Santa Rosa County Extension Office)
    5259 Booker Lane – JAY, FL 32565

    TOPICS:

    • LEARN HOW & WHAT TO STOCK IN YOUR POND
    • FERTILIZING-HOW MUCH & WHEN
    • LIMING 
    • MANAGING TO KEEP THE POND BALANCED FOR THE …

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    Wildlife Food Plot Fundamentals Workshop October 8th

    Improving habitat can benefit the quantity and quality of wildlife on a piece of property. One common method for improving habitat is the establishment of food plots. Food plots are simply areas that are managed for the production of forages that help meet the nutritional requirements of the desired wildlife species.

    The use of …

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    Panhandle Invasive Species Workshop Thursday October 15th

     

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

    Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent for Washington County Florida. His goal is to provide educational programming to meet the diverse …

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    Panhandle Outdoors LIVE offers Aucilla River Sinks Tour September 30

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    Registration to hike the Aucilla River Sinks with your Extension Natural Resource Agents is now open to participants in previous Panhandle Outdoors LIVE! field tours. We hope you will join us for this 4.5-mile interpretive hike through one of the Panhandle’s most amazing karst landscapes and culturally significant places – home to the First Floridians!

    A portion of …

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    Biochar: New Applications of an Old Agricultural Practice

    Figure 1. Healthy roots grow more abundantly in soil treated with biochar. The photo on the left shows soil where a soybean plant was recently harvested. The photo on the right shows the roots (white filaments) of a recently harvested soybean plant growing in the biochar treated soil. Photo Credit: Ramon Leon

    Ramon G. Leon, UF/IFAS Weed Science Specialist, West Florida Research and Education Center-Jay, FL

    Biochar is a solid byproduct of burning wood or plant residues rich in cellulose under high temperatures and low oxygen conditions. This process is called pyrolysis, and it is one of the systems that is currently used for biofuel …

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