In this Issue:
  • Grazing Management Can Improve Pasture Fertility
  • Longleaf Pine Restoration & Management Workshop
  • The Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operation Rule Becomes Effective July 1, 2014
  • Aquatic and Natural Areas Pesticide Training and Exams
  • Soil Health and Cover Crop Group to Meet April 1
  • Warm Season Deer Nutrition Can Pay Off in the Fall
  • Fertilizer Spreader Evaluation
  • Make the Most of Your Pond This Year!
  • Comment Deadline November 15 for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • AL Prescribed Fire Workshop November 22
  • Natural Resources

    Grazing Management Can Improve Pasture Fertility

    Jose Dubeux – UF/IFAS NFREC Forage Management Specialist

    Introduction-How much of the nutrients cattle consume are recycled back to the pasture?

    Livestock consume nutrients contained in forages and feeds and return most of them to the pasture in their waste in the form of manure and urine. On average, 80 to 90% of plant macronutrients …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/04/11/grazing-management-can-improve-pasture-fertility/

    Longleaf Pine Restoration & Management Workshop

    Mature Longleaf Pine habitat.  Photo by Judy Ludlow

    There will be a workshop on Longleaf Pine Forest Restoration and Management held in Washington County on May 14, 2014. This will be an excellent opportunity for Panhandle landowners to learn more about the possibilities of growing Longleaf Pine on their property. Longleaf pine has many favorable characteristics for landowners with long-term, multiple-use land management …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/04/04/longleaf-pine-restoration-management-workshop/

    The Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operation Rule Becomes Effective July 1, 2014

    zgnan  Photo by Doug Mayo

    The long awaited Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operation rule has been adopted. The initial efforts to change the regulations began in 2010.

    This rule establishes the regulatory parameters for a farm based food establishment. It is limited to the provision of whole shell eggs and dressed poultry products only.

    The final revised language of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/03/28/the-limited-poultry-and-egg-farm-operation-rule-becomes-effective-july-1-2014/

    Aquatic and Natural Areas Pesticide Training and Exams

    Aquatic scene

    Pesticide Training and License Exams being offered at the University of Florida IFAS Extension Okaloosa County Office. March 31, 2014

    8am-11am     Aquatic Pest Control Training

    11am              Aquatic Pest Control Exam

    1pm-4pm       Natural Areas Weed Management Training

    4pm               Natural Areas Weed Management Exam

    Cost is $10 for Aquatic Training and $10 for Natural Areas Training

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/03/21/aquatic-and-natural-areas-pesticide-training-and-exams/

    Soil Health and Cover Crop Group to Meet April 1

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    We know not to plant crotalaria now and the County Agent doesn’t wear a tie anymore, but Jefferson County and cover crops still go together.  Photo Credit: Estimated date of photo is 1920′s from the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/12

    The first meeting of a Florida soil health/cover crop working …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/03/14/soil-health-and-cover-crop-group-to-meet-april-1/

    Warm Season Deer Nutrition Can Pay Off in the Fall

    The species listed vary in terms of grazing tolerance and recommended planting technique. Contact your county's extension office for more information.

    To the chagrin of hunters across the Panhandle, deer season has drawn to a close. As the days lengthen and temperatures begin to climb many of the area’s outdoorsmen (and women) shift their efforts to pursuits of a more aquatic nature on the gulf or any of the enumerable lakes, rivers, ponds, or creeks Northwest …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/03/14/warm-season-deer-nutrition-can-pay-off-in-the-fall/

    Fertilizer Spreader Evaluation

    Last week we checked out this spreader with Brad Thompson and with a few adjustments it is spreading evenly and doing a good job. We put out containers to catch fertilizer behind the spreader and put grates in them to keep bouncing out down to a minimum and then later poured them into vials so that we could line them up and see if there were problems.

    Source:  Seminole Crop E News
    Rome Etrhedge, UGA Seminole County Coordinator

    As farmers prepare for crop planting, its important to calibrate dry fertilizer spreaders to make sure you are getting a good pattern in the field.  Most newer spreaders calculate the rate per acre for you, in other words, you may …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/02/28/fertilizer-spreader-evaluation/

    Make the Most of Your Pond This Year!

    Your pond may seem dormant in our icy winters, but it's a good time to think about next year's aquatic plant management.  Photo by Judy Ludlow

    During these icy, north Florida winters, you’re probably not thinking much about what needs to be done in your pond!  Aquatic plants have become mostly dormant, fish feeding has slowed down, and irrigation needs are usually reduced as well.  If you’ve had aquatic weed problems in the past …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/01/25/make-the-most-of-your-pond-this-year/

    Comment Deadline November 15 for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

    Local vegetables offered for sale. Image Credit Matthew Orwat

    The comment period for proposed FDA food safety regulations as mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is rapidly closing. November 15 is the deadline.

    Panhandle fruit and vegetable growers and processors both large and small need to be aware of and comment on any proposed changes. These regulations will affect small farmers, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2013/11/08/comment-deadline-november-15-for-food-safety-modernization-act-fsma/

    AL Prescribed Fire Workshop November 22

    Prescribed Fire 1

    Download the printer friendly flyer that includes driving directions from Brewton or Andalusia Alabama:  AL Prescribed Fire Workshop

    For more information contact:
    Chuck Simon 334-222-1255

     

    Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu Jackson County Extension Director, & Livestock & Forages Agent My true …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2013/11/01/al-prescribed-fire-workshop-november-22/

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