In this Issue:
  • Water Source Recommendations for Food Safety
  • Developing a “Stress Breathalyzer” for Peanuts
  • Featured Video: Documentary of the History of Soil Conservation in the U.S.
  • Florida Sod Production BMP Manual is Being Revised
  • Featured Video: Variable Rate Pivot Irrigation
  • Friday Feature: Cindale Farms 2017 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award Video
  • 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
  • Friday Feature: Water Quality Affects Cattle Performance
  • Water issue

    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: Documentary of the History of Soil Conservation in the U.S.

    This week’s featured video is a documentary produced by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  This 20 minute documentary highlights the history of the NRCS and the father of soil conservation, Hugh Hammond Bennett, and the effort he put into developing the private lands conservation movement that is so prevalent in the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/02/23/featured-video-documentary-of-the-history-of-soil-conservation-in-the-u-s/

    Florida Sod Production BMP Manual is Being Revised

     

    Bryan Unruh, UF/IFAS Turf Specialist

    Sod production in Florida contributes approximately $300 million to the state’s economy annually. As the economy continues to rebound and new houses are built to accommodate Florida’s population growth, sod will also see an increase in demand, which bodes well for Florida’s sod producers.

    Best management …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/26/florida-sod-production-bmp-manual-is-being-revised/

    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: Cindale Farms 2017 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award Video

    This week’s featured video was produced by the Florida Department of Agriculture (FDACS) to showcase the 2017 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award winners. Cindale Dairy, near Marianna, FL was one of three Florida farms recognized by FDACS in November 2017.  In addition to the video, you can also read about the dairy in the article that …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/12/15/friday-feature-cindale-farms-2017-agricultural-environmental-leadership-award-video/

    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/

    Friday Feature: Water Quality Affects Cattle Performance

    This week’s featured video was developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service to explain the benefits of good quality water for livestock.  Alabama Water Resources Extension Specialist, Eve Brantley, discusses the best water practices to use in your cattle operation.

    Cattle consume 2 gallons of water per 100 pounds of body weight per day, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/25/friday-feature-water-quality-affects-cattle-performance/

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