In this Issue:
  • 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
  • Florida’s Valuable Water Resources and the Importance of Irrigation Efficiency
  • New Pond and Drip Irrigation Fact Sheets added to EDIS
  • PeanutFARM Website Aids Irrigation and Harvest Decisions
  • Keep Water and Nutrients in the Root Zone
  • Irrigation

    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/

    Florida’s Valuable Water Resources and the Importance of Irrigation Efficiency

     

    Competition for Water Resources in Florida

    In a state like Florida, where rivers, lakes, and springs abound, there seems to be no shortage of water.  Annual precipitation ranges from 45 inches in Clewiston to 69 inches in Milton (http://www.usclimatedata.com/) with typical rainfall patterns of greater precipitation during mid-summer.  Coincidentally, it is mid-summer when …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/11/10/floridas-valuable-water-resources-and-the-importance-of-irrigation-efficiency/

    New Pond and Drip Irrigation Fact Sheets added to EDIS

    The University of Florida IFAS Extension offers a database of fact sheets available for free download on the Internet called EDIS (Electronic Data Information Source) that has many publications of interest to farmers and ranchers in Northwest Florida. Each fact sheet has a PDF or printer friendly link in the top left corner. The following are just a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/09/19/new-pond-and-drip-irrigation-fact-sheets-added-to-edis/

    PeanutFARM Website Aids Irrigation and Harvest Decisions

    By Diane Rowland, Plant Physiologist, UF/IFAS Agronomy Department

    The PeanutFARM website (http://agronomy.ifas.ufl.edu/peanutfarm) is a tool developed by the University of Florida Agronomy Department, to assist peanut farmers, consultants, and extension agents.  The program provides irrigation scheduling recommendations and monitoring of peanut maturity, on an individual field basis. PeanutFARM has 3 essential functions: 1) Irrigation …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/05/22/peanutfarm-website-aids-irrigation-and-harvest-decisions/

    Keep Water and Nutrients in the Root Zone

    Summer is rapidly approaching and irrigation demands by vegetable crops will be greatly increasing. Many areas of the Panhandle are blessed with well-drained soils, which are great during wet periods, but can be challenging to manage the water and nutrients provided to crops. Lighter or sandier soils have lower water holding capacity than soils with …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/04/25/keep-water-and-nutrients-in-the-root-zone/