In this Issue:
  • 2017 Sunbelt Ag Expo – October 17-19
  • 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
  • Florida’s Valuable Water Resources and the Importance of Irrigation Efficiency
  • New Pond and Drip Irrigation Fact Sheets added to EDIS
  • Irrigation

    2017 Sunbelt Ag Expo – October 17-19

    The Sunbelt Agricultural Expo will celebrate its 40th anniversary with this year’s show to be held on Tuesday, October 17 through Thursday, October 19, 2017 just outside of Moultire, Georgia.  Physical Location:  290-G Harper Boulevard, Moultrie, GA 31788-2157.  Gates open at 8:30 AM Eastern Time and close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday, and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/29/2017-sunbelt-ag-expo-october-17-19/

    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/

    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/

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