In this Issue:
  • Financial Assistance for Farmers Who Implement BMPs
  • Productive Pastures & Natural Resource Stewardship – Lunch and Discussion – July 17
  • Boron Deficiency: A Rare but Serious Issue in Peanut
  • Deer Manager 101 Course – June 21
  • Water Requirements for Beef Cattle
  • Invasive Species Workshop and Air Potato Challenge – June 6
  • Water Source Recommendations for Food Safety
  • Grass Carp – A Biological Control to Manage Pond Weeds
  • Dry Weather has not deterred the Dragons among Us
  • Utilizing Compost to Boost Crop Productivity
  • Natural Resources

    Financial Assistance for Farmers Who Implement BMPs

     

    Farmers and ranchers have implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) that maintain or improve water quality, quantity and soil conditions on their lands for many years. Although BMPs are designed to be technically feasible and economically viable, implementing BMPs can be expensive for producers, and some practices may not be financially viable for all. Multiple …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/07/13/financial-assistance-for-farmers-who-implement-bmps/

    Productive Pastures & Natural Resource Stewardship – Lunch and Discussion – July 17

    Join us for a sponsored lunch on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Chipley. In addition to a good meal you’ll hear about strategies, techniques, and resources available to help you effectively manage your pastures to ensure productivity and environmental stewardship. The program will begin at 11:00 am CDT and conclude at 1:00 pm with optional …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/06/29/productive-pastures-natural-resource-stewardship-lunch-and-discussion-july-17/

    Boron Deficiency: A Rare but Serious Issue in Peanut

    Authors: Ethan Carter, UF/IFAS Regional Crop IPM Agent, and Michael Mulvaney, UF/IFAS Cropping Systems Specialist (WFREC)

    Now that it’s early June, peanut fields across the Panhandle range in age from freshly planted to nearly 40 days after planting. Within the past two weeks, many areas have had consistent rainfall and overcast days. The recent …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/06/08/boron-deficiency-a-rare-but-serious-issue-in-peanut/

    Deer Manager 101 Course – June 21

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be providing a Deer Manager 101 Course in Marianna on Thursday, June 21, 2018.  This class is intended for landowners in Holmes, Washington Bay, Jackson, Calhoun and Gulf counties.  This same workshop will be repeated in Crawfordville and Milton for those other counties in the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/06/08/deer-manager-101-course-june-21/

    Water Requirements for Beef Cattle

    When producers think about nutritional requirements for beef cattle, protein, energy, and minerals often come to mind. However, none of the above-mentioned nutrients will meet an animal’s needs without adequate water consumption.

    There are minimum amounts of water required for growth, fetal development, lactation and the replacement of water from urine and evaporation (Table 1).  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/25/water-requirements-for-mature-beef-cattle/

    Invasive Species Workshop and Air Potato Challenge – June 6

    June 6th is a great day to learn about all types of invasive species that threaten natural areas in Northwest Florida!  The UF/IFAS Extension Bay County office will have multiple educational exhibits with living samples of species of concern from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. central time, on Wednesday, June 6th. This is a multi-agency …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/25/invasive-species-workshop-and-air-potato-challenge-june-6/

    Water Source Recommendations for Food Safety

    Supplemental water is necessary for good crop yields in fruit and vegetable production. Water quality is equally as important as water quantity when it comes to fruit and vegetable production. Unfortunately, water can transport harmful microorganisms from adjacent lands or other areas of the farm. The water source and how the water is applied influence …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/18/water-source-recommendations-for-food-safety/

    Grass Carp – A Biological Control to Manage Pond Weeds

    Florida has hundreds of aquatic plant species, and they are an often-overlooked feature of Florida’s landscape.  Overlooked that is, until the growth of non-native (even some native) species interferes with use of our waters.  Some aquatic plant species can become problematic in Florida waters when their growth interferes with fishing, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/18/grass-carp-a-biological-control-to-manage-invasive-pond-weeds/

    Dry Weather has not deterred the Dragons among Us

    During a pond visit to the dry northern part of Escambia County, something caught my eye floating along the margins of the pond.

    There, on the shore, perched on a blade of grass, was an empty dragonfly exoskeleton and a newly emerged adult dragonfly (see image below).  Dragonflies and damselflies belong to the Odonata order, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/11/dry-weather-has-not-deterred-the-dragons-among-us/

    Utilizing Compost to Boost Crop Productivity

    International Compost Awareness Week is May 6-12 this year. This educational initiative, promoted by the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation, was started in Canada in 1995, and has continued to grow in popularity as communities, businesses, municipalities, schools, and organizations celebrate the benefits of compost and composting. But perhaps the most important people involved …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/27/utilizing-compost-to-boost-crop-productivity/

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