In this Issue:
  • Financial Assistance for Farmers Who Implement BMPs
  • Productive Pastures & Natural Resource Stewardship – Lunch and Discussion – July 17
  • Water Source Recommendations for Food Safety
  • Grass Carp – A Biological Control to Manage Pond Weeds
  • Developing a “Stress Breathalyzer” for Peanuts
  • Still Need the Mandatory Dicamba Resistant Crop Training?
  • Friday Feature: Shenandoah Dairy Video Farm Tour
  • Featured Video: Documentary of the History of Soil Conservation in the U.S.
  • Mandatory Dicamba Resistant Crop Training – March 16
  • Florida Sod Production BMP Manual is Being Revised
  • Best Management Practices (BMPs)

    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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    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/

    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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    Developing a “Stress Breathalyzer” for Peanuts

    Yu-Chien Tseng, Brendan Zurweller and Diane Rowland, UF/IFAS Agronomy Department

    Growers typically use indirect methods to sense crop stress, such as soil moisture sensors to predict crop drought stress or models to predict disease risk. Directly monitoring the stress levels experienced by the crop would give an immediate snapshot of crop condition, …

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    Still Need the Mandatory Dicamba Resistant Crop Training?

    Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered new dicamba herbicide product formulations for making applications to dicamba tolerant cotton and soybean crops. As a result, many states were overwhelmed with drift complaints regarding sensitive crops. This led to the 2018 EPA announcement requiring that anyone who wishes to apply dicamba to dicamba tolerant …

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    Friday Feature: Shenandoah Dairy Video Farm Tour

    This week’s featured video was produced by Florida Dairy Farmers.  The Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents (FACAA) toured Shenandoah Dairy, as part of their Mid-Year Meeting this week.  I was fortunate enough to see this amazing farming operation in person.  Through the following video, Ed Henderson, Shenandoah Dairy, Live Oak, FL provides a …

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    Featured Video: Documentary of the History of Soil Conservation in the U.S.

    This week’s featured video is a documentary produced by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  This 20 minute documentary highlights the history of the NRCS and the father of soil conservation, Hugh Hammond Bennett, and the effort he put into developing the private lands conservation movement that is so prevalent in the …

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    Mandatory Dicamba Resistant Crop Training – March 16

    Friday March 16, 2018 10:00 AM -12:00 PM Eastern, 9:00-11:00 Central Live Video Conference to be hosted simultaneously by UF/IFAS Extension Offices across North Florida

    Purpose of the Training

    In 2017, dicamba resistant crops were registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive dicamba herbicide applications over-the-top of growing cotton or soybean …

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    Florida Sod Production BMP Manual is Being Revised

     

    Bryan Unruh, UF/IFAS Turf Specialist

    Sod production in Florida contributes approximately $300 million to the state’s economy annually. As the economy continues to rebound and new houses are built to accommodate Florida’s population growth, sod will also see an increase in demand, which bodes well for Florida’s sod producers.

    Best management …

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