In this Issue:
  • BMAPs, BMPs and the New Florida Water Bill
  • 2017 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course Presentations and Highlights
  • Late Winter Citrus Management Considerations
  • Evaluation of ESN Controlled Release Fertilizer for Florida Corn Production
  • Using the Linear Bed Foot System for Vegetable Fertilization
  • Environmentally Smart Nitrogen (ESN) as a Controlled-release Nitrogen source for Corn and Cotton
  • Biochar: New Applications of an Old Agricultural Practice
  • Are You Sure You Need That Gypsum? Calcium Induced Deficiencies in Vegetables
  • Manage Potassium to Control Cotton Stemphylium Leafspot
  • UF/IFAS Evaluating Soil Mapping Technology for Variable Rate Applications
  • Fertilization

    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/

    2017 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course Presentations and Highlights

    The annual Panhandle Row Crop Short Course was hosted by Jackson County Extension on Thursday, March 2, 2017.  Extension Specialists from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama spoke to attendees providing production recommendations and various management tips for row crops farmers. Continuing education units (CEUs) were offered at the event for those with a restricted use pesticide license (Florida, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/10/2017-panhandle-row-crop-short-course-presentations-and-highlights/

    Late Winter Citrus Management Considerations

    Both niche market farmers and home gardeners may be uncertain about late winter management of Satsuma trees.  Several questions that have come in to the Extension Office recently include: Should I prune my trees? Why are the leaves yellow? How soon should I fertilize?  The focus of this article is to provide some answers to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/10/late-winter-citrus-considerations/

    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/

    Using the Linear Bed Foot System for Vegetable Fertilization

    Some production systems, particularly vegetables, utilize wide row spacing (anywhere from 4 to 8 foot wide). In these systems it is of economic and environmental importance to fertilize the crop root zones evenly, and not fertilize the row middles, where nutrients will go to waste or could even become a pollutant. The linear bed foot …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/08/26/using-the-linear-bed-foot-system-for-vegetable-fertilization/

    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/

    Biochar: New Applications of an Old Agricultural Practice

    Ramon G. Leon, UF/IFAS Weed Science Specialist, West Florida Research and Education Center-Jay, FL

    Biochar is a solid byproduct of burning wood or plant residues rich in cellulose under high temperatures and low oxygen conditions. This process is called pyrolysis, and it is one of the systems that is currently used for biofuel …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/08/07/biochar-new-applications-of-an-old-agricultural-practice/

    Are You Sure You Need That Gypsum? Calcium Induced Deficiencies in Vegetables

    By Josh Freeman (University of Florida, IFAS Extension, Assistant Professor, Horticultural Science) and Mark Reiter (Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech)

    Many growers live with the mindset that vegetable crops need a tremendous amount of calcium to promote strong growth and prevent fruit disorders like blossom-end rot (BER). There is no doubt BER can …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/07/10/are-you-sure-you-need-that-gypsum-calcium-induced-deficiencies-in-vegetables/

    Manage Potassium to Control Cotton Stemphylium Leafspot

    Now is the time to implement potassium (K) management plans for cotton. Late-season K deficiency is linked to cotton leafspot (Stemphylium) disease. Stemphylium begins with minor leaf spotting and can lead to severe premature defoliation under certain circumstances.

    Potassium in plant cells is vital for the regulation of water use (through stomatal activity) and crop …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/06/05/manage-potassium-to-control-cotton-stemphylium-leafspot/

    UF/IFAS Evaluating Soil Mapping Technology for Variable Rate Applications

    The next generation of agriculture Best Management Practices (BMPs) will likely include new soil mapping technologies. Resulting maps are increasingly being used to guide variable applications of irrigation, fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides in the field. On-the-go soil sensors have spatial dependence ranges less than the distances used by USDA soil surveys, or even most grid …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/05/29/ufifas-evaluating-soil-mapping-technology-for-variable-rate-applications/

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