In this Issue:
  • BMAPs, BMPs and the New Florida Water Bill
  • Panhandle Outdoors: St. Joseph Bay Coastal Ecosystem Water School
  • Environmentally Smart Nitrogen (ESN) as a Controlled-release Nitrogen source for Corn and Cotton
  • “Panhandle Outdoors LIVE!” Schedule for 2016
  • Reducing Water Demand for Agriculture
  • Solar Pump Systems for Watering Livestock
  • PeanutFARM Website Aids Irrigation and Harvest Decisions
  • Rye Cover Crop Holds Saturated Ground
  • Keep Water and Nutrients in the Root Zone
  • Cover Crops
  • Water issue

    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/

    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/

    “Panhandle Outdoors LIVE!” Schedule for 2016

    Northwest Florida is considered one of the top six biodiversity hotspots in the country. The reasons why begin with our unique water features.  Join us to explore these waters and learn more about the Panhandle’s hidden ecological treasures!

    “Panhandle Outdoors LIVE!” is stepping it up a notch for 2016.  This year we’ll explore four Panhandle …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/02/05/panhandle-outdoors-live-schedule-for-2016/

    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/

    Solar Pump Systems for Watering Livestock

    It can be cost-prohibitive to run power lines long distances to provide electricity for pumping water to livestock tanks. One alternative is to install a solar water system. Solar water pumps can be used to pump water from wells, ponds or creeks. Even if you have to dig a well, it is cheaper than …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/06/12/solar-water-systems-for-watering-livestock/

    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/

    Rye Cover Crop Holds Saturated Ground

    It wasn’t raining on April 1st, when the inaugural Florida Soil Health and Cover Crop tour was held.  Participants heard descriptions of the value of a winter cover crop , such as cereal rye, in the production of a warm season cash crop. “Discover the Cover” was hosted by Jefferson County UF/IFAS Extension, the Jefferson …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/05/02/rye-cover-crop-holds-saturated-ground/

    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/

    Cover Crops

    Cover crops have been used by agricultural producers for thousands of years.  However, we have seen a decline in cover crop use over the past century, as the use of commercial fertilizers have increased.  Even though they are readily available and easy to use, commercial fertilizers, by themselves however, do not increase or …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2013/10/25/cover-crops-2/

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