In this Issue:
  • 2018 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course – March 1
  • Weed of the Week: Broomsedge
  • 2018 Central Panhandle Pesticide Training Series – March 19-22
  • Weed of the Week: Chickweed
  • Friday Feature: Autonomous Drone Scouting
  • Insecticide Applications Can Inadvertently Cause Citrus Mite Outbreaks
  • Useful Smartphone Apps for Cattle Ranchers
  • Weed of the Week: Fireweed
  • Tri-State Cucurbit Workshop – January 25
  • Input Requested for a UF Study on Farm Waste Management
  • Pest Management

    2018 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course – March 1

    Farmers from across the Florida Panhandle, as well as southern Alabama and Georgia are invited to attend the 2018 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course to be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The meeting will be hosted by Jackson County Extension at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center, 2741 Penn Ave., Marianna, FL. Registration and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/19/2018-panhandle-row-crop-short-course-march-1/

    Weed of the Week: Broomsedge

    Broomsedge is an economically important weed in the southern United States, with it typically being found in low fertility pastures. By itself, prescribed burning has little impact/control on Broomsedge as it only removes biomass above ground, and has little impact on the root system. Broomsedge is best controlled through chemical control with the use of Glyphosate. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/19/weed-of-the-week-broomsedge/

    2018 Central Panhandle Pesticide Training Series – March 19-22

    The Central Panhandle Pesticide Training Series is a multi-county collaboration between Holmes, Washington, Jackson, and Calhoun Extension agents. This year the series is March 19-22 and will take place in Marianna at the Jackson County Extension Office. Registration is $10/session and refreshments will be provided. Sessions start each day with registration at 7:45am (CST). …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/19/2018-central-panhandle-pesticide-training-series-march-19-22/

    Weed of the Week: Chickweed

    According to Dr. Brent Sellers, UF Weed Specialist, weeds in pastures cost Florida ranchers an excess of $180 million annually. Weeds reduce forage yields and quality. Chickweed is a common winter annual, broad-leaf weed found across the Southeastern U.S., and is one of many weeds that cause issues in pasture management. While most commonly found in …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/12/weed-of-the-week-chickweed/

    Friday Feature: Autonomous Drone Scouting

    This week’s featured video was produced by American Robotics to introduce ScoutTM, a fully-automated drone system for farmers.  Scout features season-long automated crop scouting that is autonomous, or pre-programmed for launch, flight, imaging, landing, charging, data management, and drone storage with no piloting required.

    To improve agricultural decision-making, optimize inputs, and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/12/friday-feature-autonomous-drone-scouting/

    Insecticide Applications Can Inadvertently Cause Citrus Mite Outbreaks

    Xavier Martini, Pete Andersen, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

    In May 2017, Asian citrus psyllids (Diaphorina citri) were found in the experimental citrus grove at the Suwannee Valley Extension Center in Live Oak.  The trees were quickly treated with an insecticide containing the active ingredient, cyantraniliprole. This treatment was highly justified as …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/05/insecticide-applications-can-inadvertently-cause-citrus-mite-outbreaks/

    Useful Smartphone Apps for Cattle Ranchers

    If you’re like me, you were really excited when you got your first smart phone or tablet because of all of the cool applications (apps) that were available to quickly guide you to useful information.  Once you had selected your favorite weather, radar, sports scores, calculator, and social media apps, I can imagine you started …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/05/useful-smartphone-apps-for-cattle-ranchers/

    Weed of the Week: Fireweed

    Currently, across the Panhandle of Florida and the Southeast, Fireweed is popping up around structures, fence lines and other areas where bare dirt is present.

    Fireweed is well known for its stinging hairs that are easily embedded in the skin. These hairs carry toxins that cause extreme irritation for hours, if your skin is exposed to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/05/weed-of-the-week-fireweed/

    Tri-State Cucurbit Workshop – January 25

    Tri-State Cucurbit Workshop, January 25th
    Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center

    2741 Penn Ave, Marianna, FL

    850-482-9620 SCHEDULE (Central Time)

    • 7:30  Registration & Meet with Vendors
    • 8:00  Pesticide Safety & Handling – Matt Lollar, UF/IFAS Jackson County
    • 8:50  Cucurbit Disease Control – Mathews Paret, UF/IFAS Plant …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/12/15/tri-state-cucurbit-workshop-january-25/

    Input Requested for a UF Study on Farm Waste Management

    The challenges of waste disposal is an area of growing concern in the US, particularly among farmers.  The University of Florida is conducting survey research to explore how Florida farmers handle their waste and garbage.  The statewide survey will track chemical packaging and organic waste management across a number of different kinds of agricultural practices.  …

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