In this Issue:
  • Late-summer Legume Cover Crops behind Corn
  • BMAPs, BMPs and the New Florida Water Bill
  • Evaluation of ESN Controlled Release Fertilizer for Florida Corn Production
  • Cover Crop Mixture Considerations for 2017
  • Funding Helps Florida Ag Producers Improve Working Lands
  • Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13
  • NRCS: 2017 EQIP Application Deadline October 21
  • Panhandle Outdoors: St. Joseph Bay Coastal Ecosystem Water School
  • Environmentally Smart Nitrogen (ESN) as a Controlled-release Nitrogen source for Corn and Cotton
  • State Looking for Landowners wanting to Permanently Preserve Agricultural Land
  • Conservation

    Late-summer Legume Cover Crops behind Corn

    Arun Jani, and Michael Mulvaney, UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center Integrating summer cover crops into rotations

    Corn harvest is around the corner.  What will you do with the land after harvest?  You can leave it fallow, or you can plant late summer cover crop to provide benefits for future crops including …

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    BMAPs, BMPs and the New Florida Water Bill

    The 2016 Florida Water Bill authorized regulations that will affect everyone in Florida.  Farmers and ranchers have implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) that maintain or improve water quality on their lands for many years on a voluntary basis. But, for those who farm within an area with a Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP), things have …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/17/bmaps-bmps-and-the-new-florida-water-bill/

    Evaluation of ESN Controlled Release Fertilizer for Florida Corn Production

    Dr. Michael J. Mulvaney, Cropping Systems Specialist, WFREC, Jay, FL

    Now is the time to start thinking about nitrogen (N) management strategies for corn production in the Panhandle.  This is a follow-up to the March 2016 article: 

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/13/evaluation-of-esn-controlled-release-fertilizer-for-florida-corn-production/

    Cover Crop Mixture Considerations for 2017

     

    As dry as this Fall has been, planting cover crops has not been a priority or an option for many producers in the Florida Panhandle. One Escambia County grower planted an interesting cover crop mixture that has garnered a lot of attention locally this summer. Following his corn crop, he planted a mixture of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/11/18/cover-crop-mixture-considerations-for-2017/

    Funding Helps Florida Ag Producers Improve Working Lands

    Conservation Stewardship Program – Application Deadline February 3, 2017

    Agricultural producers can sign up for available funding through February 3, 2017  through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

    Agricultural producers and forest landowners can earn incentive payments from CSP for expanding conservation activities

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/11/18/funding-helps-florida-ag-producers-improve-working-lands/

    Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13

    A “Gardening for Pollinator Conservation” Workshop will take place Thursday, October 13, at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy. Pollinators are important in conserving native plants, ensuring a plentiful food supply, encouraging biodiversity and helping maintain a healthier ecological environment – the so-called “balance of nature.” Come learn how …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/07/gardening-for-pollinator-conservation-workshop-october-13/

    NRCS: 2017 EQIP Application Deadline October 21

    Assistance Helps Florida Farmers, Ranchers Conserve Natural Resources Application deadline for 2017 financial assistance:
    Friday, October 21, 2016

    Florida farmers, ranchers, and forest owners can apply until October 21st  for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for fiscal year 2017 …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/09/09/nrcs-2017-eqip-application-deadline-october-21/

    Panhandle Outdoors: St. Joseph Bay Coastal Ecosystem Water School

    Northwest Florida is considered one of the top six biodiversity hotspots in the country. The reasons why begin with our unique water features.  The University of Florida IFAS Extension faculty are expanding their acclaimed “Panhandle Outdoors Live!” field trips into two-day events for 2016. They will include presentations as well as traditional excursions to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/07/22/panhandle-outdoors-st-joseph-bay-coastal-ecosystem-water-school/

    Environmentally Smart Nitrogen (ESN) as a Controlled-release Nitrogen source for Corn and Cotton

    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/

    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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