In this Issue:
  • Apply for the Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program through July 31
  • UGA Pasture Insect Alert
  • June Cattle & Forage Management Reminders
  • Southwest Alabama Stored Grain Workshop – July 18
  • Friday Feature: The Life of a Crop Duster
  • Control Options for Thrips in Peanuts and Cotton
  • Cowpea Curculio Outbreak Anticipated after Mild Winter
  • Tri-State Agronomic Scout School June 8
  • Oriental Bean Thrips: A Potential Threat to Florida Bean Crops
  • Field Report: Sick Oats in the Panhandle
  • Insects

    Apply for the Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program through July 31

    The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, announced on June 15, 2017 that the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program will accept applications from non-industrial, private forest landowners through July 31.

    The southern pine beetle (SPB) is one of the most economically devastating forest pests …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/23/apply-for-the-southern-pine-beetle-prevention-program-by-july-31/

    UGA Pasture Insect Alert

    Bermudagrass Stem Maggot

    While doing plot work at the Sunbelt Ag Expo late this week, Dr. Lisa Baxter (a post-doc in our program hired to assist with our stem maggot research) and I observed bermudagrass stem maggot pressure in our bermudagrass stands there. Alicia, Coastal, Russell, Tifton 44, and common bermudagrass had all suffered more than …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/16/uga-pasture-insect-alert/

    June Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

    UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle worked to develop a basic management calendar for cattle producers.  The purpose of this calendar is to provide reminders for management techniques with similar timing to those used at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Research Unit, Marianna, Florida.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/09/june-cattle-forage-management-reminders/

    Southwest Alabama Stored Grain Workshop – July 18

    Grain farmers should make plans to attend the Southwest Alabama Stored Grains Workshop that will be held July 18, 2017 at Shelly Farms in Atmore, Alabama.  This will be a hands on workshop on grain drying, automated bin management systems, and stored grain integrated pest management (IPM).

    Registration is free, but please PRE-REGISTER by contacting Kim Wilkins, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/09/southwest-alabama-stored-grain-workshop-july-18/

    Friday Feature: The Life of a Crop Duster

    Growing America has started a nice feature for their weekly newsletter readers of sharing farm stories though videos.  This week’s featured video highlights the story of Scott Tennant, Colquitt, GA, who is an agricultural pilot, more commonly known as a crop duster.  Crop dusters provide a valuable service to farmers in this …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/09/friday-feature-the-life-of-a-crop-duster/

    Control Options for Thrips in Peanuts and Cotton

    Planting season is well under way, with some producers nearing completion of peanut, and cotton planting. Annually, thrips are problematic in early panted cotton and peanut. It will be important to keep an eye on thrips populations as seedlings emerge, and the weeks that follow to decide if an insecticide application is warranted. During the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/19/control-options-for-thirps-in-peanuts-and-cotton/

    Cowpea Curculio Outbreak Anticipated after Mild Winter

    Peas are a staple food throughout the South.  Whether you prefer southern peas, cowpeas, or blackeye peas, they are all under threat from the cowpea curculio, also known locally as pea weevils.  With the mild winter this year, growers can anticipate that cowpea curculios may show up much earlier in the season, with a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/12/cowpea-curculio-outbreak-anticipated-after-mild-winter/

    Tri-State Agronomic Scout School June 8

    The Jackson County Extension Office in collaboration with specialists from Auburn University and the University of Georgia will host a Tri-State Agronomic Scout School on June 8, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Jackson County Agricultural Conference Center (2741 Penn Ave, Marianna, FL 32448), starting with registration at 8:00 AM (CST) and ending …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/12/tri-state-agronomic-scout-school-june-8/

    Oriental Bean Thrips: A Potential Threat to Florida Bean Crops

    Joe Funderburk, NFREC-UF/IFAS, Professor of Entomology

    Megalurothrips is an Old World genus of thrips associated with the flowers of legumes (Fabaceae), with one species in Africa and twelve species in Asia. The Oriental bean thrips, Megalurothrips distalis, was first collected in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee in 2008. This is a large …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/07/oriental-bean-thrips-a-potential-threat-to-florida-bean-crops/

    Field Report: Sick Oats in the Panhandle

    Ethan Carter, Crop IPM Regional Agent and Ann Blount, UF/IFAS Forage Breeder

    Crop aftershocks related to last week’s weather conditions (cold, overcast, and wet) were felt this week across in the Florida Panhandle. Growers reported a variety of symptoms in their oat fields, ranging from what appeared to be viral discoloration, fungal diseases, and cold damage. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/field-report-sick-oats-in-the-panhandle/

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