In this Issue:
  • 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
  • BMAPs, BMPs and the New Florida Water Bill
  • Environmentally Smart Nitrogen (ESN) as a Controlled-release Nitrogen source for Corn and Cotton
  • Reducing Water Demand for Agriculture
  • Solar Pump Systems for Watering Livestock
  • PeanutFARM Website Aids Irrigation and Harvest Decisions
  • Rye Cover Crop Holds Saturated Ground
  • Water issue

    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/

    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/

    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/

    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/

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