In this Issue:
  • 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
  • Deer Nutrition & Management Seminar September 18
  • Whole Farm Integrated Pest Management Video Modules
  • EEF Nitrogen: What is it, and do you Need it?
  • Jefferson Grazing Series to Focus on Best Management Practices
  • Natural Resources

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Deer Nutrition & Management Seminar September 18

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    UF/IFAS Extension, in cooperation with Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), is presenting a Deer Nutrition & Management Seminar. The seminar will address topics relating to food plots and perennial food sources as well as deer herd management techniques. Anyone interested in better managing the deer, and deer habitat on their property is encouraged to attend. …

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    Whole Farm Integrated Pest Management Video Modules

    IPM Video

    If you are interested in learning how to manage pests using integrated pest management (IPM) strategies on a whole farm or whole landscape level, a team of University of Florida IFAS Extension faculty has developed a series of video modules just for you. These modules were developed at the UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center …

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    EEF Nitrogen: What is it, and do you Need it?

    Fig. 1. Example of a coated fertilizer (left) and fertilizer coated with a urease and nitrification inhibitor, right. Coated fertilizer illustration courtesy of IPNI: http://www.ipni.net/

    As fertilizers get more expensive and the need to protect environmentally sensitive areas increases, farmers are looking for more efficient nitrogen (N) fertilizers. The Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) has defined enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEF) as “fertilizer products with characteristics that allow increased plant uptake and reduce the potential of …

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    Jefferson Grazing Series to Focus on Best Management Practices

    Learn how to make the grass greener on YOUR side of the fence!

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    Effective grazing management is a dynamic dance between maximizing animal performance and maintaining healthy pastures, preventing erosion and maintaining water quality. Join us on Tuesday, July 15 for the next session of the Jefferson Grazing Series. We’ll learn what Best Management Practices (BMP’s) are and how working with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer …

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