In this Issue:
  • Water Source Recommendations for Food Safety
  • Developing a “Stress Breathalyzer” for Peanuts
  • Featured Video: Variable Rate Pivot Irrigation
  • Friday Feature: Mobile Drip Irrigation from Center Pivots
  • The Mobile Irrigation Lab Team: Helping Panhandle Farmers Lower Costs and Conserve Water
  • Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices for Crop Farmers
  • The Role of Stress Memory on Peanut Seed Quality
  • BMAPs, BMPs and the New Florida Water Bill
  • Winterizing Irrigation Systems
  • Reducing Water Demand for Agriculture
  • Irrigation

    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/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/13/developing-a-stress-breathalyzer-for-peanuts/

    Featured Video: Variable Rate Pivot Irrigation

    This week’s featured video was produced by Alabama Extension to share the results of a successful project installing a variable rate center pivot irrigation system on a farm.  They used a combination of advanced soil mapping and soil moisture sensors to develop the map needed to program the equipment and to guide irrigation scheduling.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/26/featured-video-variable-rate-pivot-irrigation/

    Friday Feature: Mobile Drip Irrigation from Center Pivots

    Water is a precious resource, no mater where you live or farm, but is especially true in Kansas where their aquifer is diminishing.  There is a relatively new technology being called mobile drip irrigation that has been developed in Kansas to make center pivot irrigation even more efficient, because water is released right on the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/18/friday-feature-mobile-drip-irrigation-from-center-pivots/

    The Mobile Irrigation Lab Team: Helping Panhandle Farmers Lower Costs and Conserve Water

    The Northwest Florida Mobile Irrigation Lab

    Northwest Florida’s Mobile Irrigation Lab (MIL), run by Mark Miles, Rex Patterson, and Robert Patterson, is working hard to help farmers increase crop yields and lower costs through improved irrigation efficiency. By increasing efficiency, farmers can reduce operating costs and increase yields. The MIL has been providing free irrigation …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/the-mobile-irrigation-lab-team-helping-panhandle-farmers-lower-costs-and-conserve-water/

    Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices for Crop Farmers

    On August 10th, UF/IFAS Santa Rosa and Escambia County Extension hosted a field day covering moisture monitoring, cover crops, and best management practices at Mickey Diamond’s Farm.  Through a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Best Management Practice (BMP) mini-grant, UF/IFAS Extension, FDACS, and NRCS have been able to examine how cover crops …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/moisture-monitoring-cover-crops-and-best-management-practices-for-crop-farmers/

    The Role of Stress Memory on Peanut Seed Quality

    Kelly Racette, Diane Rowland and Barry Tillman, UF/IFAS Agronomy Department

    For as long as crops have been domesticated, farmers have been selecting seed from the best performing plants; based primarily on their yield and relative performance. In some cases, a plant may experience stress during the season, whether from disease, drought, or …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/the-role-of-stress-memory-on-peanut-seed-quality/

    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/

    Winterizing Irrigation Systems

    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/

    Reducing Water Demand for Agriculture

    Dan Dourte, Ron Bartel, Sheeja George, David Wright, Jim Marois, UF/IFAS NFREC

    Cotton and peanuts are grown on nearly 2 million irrigated acres in the Southeastern U.S. The consumptive water use for irrigation has significantly impacted groundwater resources, spring flows and stream flows in many parts of this region, particularly during severe droughts. In the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/06/12/reducing-water-demand-for-agriculture/

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