In this Issue:
  • 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
  • Gould Tree Farm Tour April 5
  • Small Farm Strawberry Field Day – April 18
  • A Hook, Line & Sinker Approach to Pond Management
  • February 21-27 Invasive Species Awareness Week
  • Plant Recommendations to Augment Ecosystems Services
  • Escambia Winter Forages and Wildlife Food Plot Tour March 5
  • “Panhandle Outdoors LIVE!” Schedule for 2016
  • Natural Resources

    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/

    Gould Tree Farm Tour April 5

    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Meet at the property at 9:00AM CT
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    Jon and Carol Gould, 2006 Florida Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, manage their 640 acre Tree Farm, with assistance from consulting foresters, and do much of the work themselves. The Tree Farm is managed …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/03/18/gould-tree-farm-tour-april-5/

    Small Farm Strawberry Field Day – April 18

    Join us for the 2016 Gulf Cost Small Farms Strawberry Field Day on April 18th at the West Florida Research and Education Center in Jay, FL.

    Date: April 18th, 2016 Location: WFREC, 4253 Experiment Dr., Hwy. 182 Jay, FL 32565 TOPICS FOR THE DAY:

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/03/18/small-farm-strawberry-field-day-april-18/

    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/

    February 21-27 Invasive Species Awareness Week

    National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) is February 21-27, 2016.  This week is dedicated to focusing the nation on the impacts of Invasive species.  Non-native, exotic, invasive species do not naturally occur in an area.  They cause economic and environmental harm, and can negatively impact human health. These invasive species have become the number one …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/02/12/february-21-27-invasive-species-awareness-week/

    Plant Recommendations to Augment Ecosystems Services

    Russ Mizell, Gary Knox and Holly Ober

    Faculty at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center have developed a new website giving recommendations on plant species that provide a range of regulatory ecosystems services for each season of the year.  This website will help you select and use plants species that are …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/02/12/plant-recommendations-to-augment-ecosystems-services/

    Escambia Winter Forages and Wildlife Food Plot Tour March 5

    Adults and youth are welcomed to attend the Winter Livestock Forages and Wildlife Food Plot Tour on Saturday March 5th at 11:00 AM.  The tour will take place at the 4-H Livestock Facilities (5701 Highway 99, Molino, FL 32577).

    Join us for a walk through the winter forage and wildlife food plots that were planted in Fall …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/02/12/escambia-winter-forages-and-wildlife-food-plot-tour-march-5/

    “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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/02/05/panhandle-outdoors-live-schedule-for-2016/

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