In this Issue:
  • Panhandle Pond Management Workshops May 31 & June 7
  • 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
  • A Hook, Line & Sinker Approach to Pond Management
  • Plant Recommendations to Augment Ecosystems Services
  • “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
  • Natural Resources

    Panhandle Pond Management Workshops May 31 & June 7

    Ponds can be a source of great enjoyment. However, properly managing them to meet your desired goals can be challenging. Panhandle Pond Management, a two part series being offered by UF/IFAS Extension, is designed to help pond owners/managers become more successful in reaching their goals. Specialists from campus will be onsite to share their expertise. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/05/06/panhandle-pond-management-workshops-may-31-june-7/

    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/

    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/

    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/

    “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/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/12/18/winterizing-irrigation-systems/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/12/18/owls-floridas-remarkable-birds-of-prey/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/12/11/idle-farm-equipment-makes-an-ideal-habitat-for-black-widow-spiders/

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