In this Issue:
  • Protecting Fall Vegetable Crops after the Hurricane
  • Weed of the Week: Coffee Senna
  • Weed of the Week: Southern Sandbur
  • Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides: Everyone Plays a Part
  • Weed of the Week: Tropical Soda Apple
  • Big Bend Pesticide Training Series- Sept. 18-22
  • Southwest Alabama Stored Grain Workshop – July 18
  • Cowpea Curculio Outbreak Anticipated after Mild Winter
  • Tri-State Agronomic Scout School June 8
  • Need Pesticide CEUs? Attend The Great CEU Round-Up July 26
  • Pesticide

    Protecting Fall Vegetable Crops after the Hurricane

    As if the fall season wasn’t challenging enough from a pest and disease perspective, throw in a hurricane and it gets much worse. Luckily, the storm missed most of the Panhandle. Tomato and cucurbit producing areas in Gadsden and Jackson counties likely saw the greatest impacts from Hurricane Irma. The biggest problem was the wind …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/15/protecting-fall-vegetable-crops-after-the-hurricane/

    Weed of the Week: Coffee Senna

    Coffee Senna is not only an issue for livestock producers, as seeds are toxic when consumed, it also causes issues for cotton and peanut farmers in the southern states. The scientific name Senna occidentalis comes from Arabic and Latin roots, with Senna meaning “these plants” and occidentalis meaning “western,” in reference to its origin. While closely …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/15/weed-of-the-weed-coffee-senna/

    Weed of the Week: Southern Sandbur

    Across the Southern United States, Southern Sandbur (aka sandspur) can be found. It is an annual grass that grows in cropland and pastures, thriving in dry sandy soils. Southern Sandbur has a shallow fibrous root system and can easily invade poorly managed fields or pastures. It is known to impact the quality of hay fields, as …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/weed-of-the-week-southern-sandbur/

    Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides: Everyone Plays a Part

    Overview

    On January 12, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products.  This policy outlines EPA’s label statements designed to mitigate acute risks to bees from pesticides.  The recent UF/IFAS publication, Pesticide Labeling: Protection of Pollinators, provides an in-depth look at …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/04/protecting-pollinators-from-pesticides-everyone-plays-a-part/

    Weed of the Week: Tropical Soda Apple

    This week’s featured weed is tropical soda apple, a serious weed problem in many pastures and natural areas of Florida.  This invasive weed is very prolific and can infest a pasture in a very short time.  Its fruit are toxic to goats, and the unpalatable thorny leaves results in reduced forage production and lower stocking …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/28/weed-of-the-week-tropical-soda-apple/

    Big Bend Pesticide Training Series- Sept. 18-22


    Hosted at the UF/IFAS Leon County Extension Office
    615 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee, FL 32301

    The Big Bend Pesticide Training Series is a multi-county collaboration between Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, and Wakulla Extension agents. This series of workshops will rotate between the four host counties on a yearly basis. They will serve both as …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/28/big-bend-pesticide-training-series-sept-18-22/

    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/

    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/

    Need Pesticide CEUs? Attend The Great CEU Round-Up July 26

    The Great CEU Round-Up, July 26, 2017 8:30am-4pm EDT

    It’s that time of year again, the Florida Turfgrass Association (FTGA) and UF/IFAS are partnering to present The Great CEU Round-Up. This program is designed to allow pesticide license holders to earn up to six CEUs across multiple categories, this all day program …

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