In this Issue:
  • Deer Manager 101 Course – June 21
  • Grass Carp – A Biological Control to Manage Pond Weeds
  • Dry Weather has not deterred the Dragons among Us
  • Sunn Hemp for Forage or Wildlife Food Plots
  • Controlling Pocket Gophers in Hay Fields
  • Weed of the Week: Arrowleaf Sida “Teaweed”
  • Friday Feature: Deer Farming in the Panhandle
  • Mosquito Control Can Be As Close As A Farm Pond
  • Tips for Successful Pond Weed Management
  • Low Oxygen Fish Kills in Managed Ponds
  • Wildlife

    Deer Manager 101 Course – June 21

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be providing a Deer Manager 101 Course in Marianna on Thursday, June 21, 2018.  This class is intended for landowners in Holmes, Washington Bay, Jackson, Calhoun and Gulf counties.  This same workshop will be repeated in Crawfordville and Milton for those other counties in the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/06/08/deer-manager-101-course-june-21/

    Grass Carp – A Biological Control to Manage Pond Weeds

    Florida has hundreds of aquatic plant species, and they are an often-overlooked feature of Florida’s landscape.  Overlooked that is, until the growth of non-native (even some native) species interferes with use of our waters.  Some aquatic plant species can become problematic in Florida waters when their growth interferes with fishing, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/18/grass-carp-a-biological-control-to-manage-invasive-pond-weeds/

    Dry Weather has not deterred the Dragons among Us

    During a pond visit to the dry northern part of Escambia County, something caught my eye floating along the margins of the pond.

    There, on the shore, perched on a blade of grass, was an empty dragonfly exoskeleton and a newly emerged adult dragonfly (see image below).  Dragonflies and damselflies belong to the Odonata order, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/11/dry-weather-has-not-deterred-the-dragons-among-us/

    Sunn Hemp for Forage or Wildlife Food Plots

    Sunn hemp is a fast growing, warm season, annual legume.  It grows 6-7 feet tall.  Sunn hemp can tolerate a wide range of soil pH (5.0-8.4).  It is native to India and Pakistan.  The University of Hawaii and USDA NRCS, together, released the variety called “Tropic Sun” in 1982.  This variety only makes seed during …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/20/sunn-hemp-for-forage-or-wildlife-food-plots/

    Controlling Pocket Gophers in Hay Fields

    The Southeastern Pocket Gopher, Geomys pinetis, sometimes called “Sandy-Mounders,”  is a native rodent wildlife species in most of Florida, Southern Alabama, and Southern Georgia.  They are typically found in fields with sandy, well-drained soils that are fairly common in the coastal plains.  Sandy fields are not the best sites for cropping, but are commonly used …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/16/controlling-pocket-gophers-in-hay-fields/

    Weed of the Week: Arrowleaf Sida “Teaweed”

    Arrowleaf Sida is commonly known as teaweed, ironweed, or southern sida. It is a spring emerging broadleaf commonly found in pastures, pinelands, hammocks, and disturbed areas. Arrowleaf Sida is a native plant found from South Carolina, throughout Florida, and as far west as Mississippi. It has drought resistance and adaptability to a wide variety of soil …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/02/02/weed-of-the-week-arrowleaf-sida-teaweed/

    Friday Feature: Deer Farming in the Panhandle

    This week’s featured video highlights a unique type of livestock operation that is gaining popularity very quickly in Florida, Deer Farming.  The video is actually an episode of Keith Warren’s TV Show called Deer & Wildlife Stories. The video features two deer farms located in the Panhandle of Florida that are raising deer with …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/19/friday-feature-deer-farming-in-the-panhandle/

    Mosquito Control Can Be As Close As A Farm Pond

    The consistent and ample rains of late over Florida’s Panhandle assure enough moisture is available for row crop production and development, and forage growth. It has also minimized, if not eliminated, the need for irrigation and its associated cost.

    As with anything good, there is always an associated negative component which cannot be avoided. In …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/30/mosquito-control-can-be-as-close-as-a-farm-pond/

    Tips for Successful Pond Weed Management

    Every year as the temperatures get warmer the number of calls related to weed problems in fish ponds increases. That was the case this year also, with one notable difference; the calls started coming in March and April, not June and July as they would during a “typical” year. Aquatic weeds typically die back or …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/16/tips-for-successful-pond-weed-management/

    Low Oxygen Fish Kills in Managed Ponds

    Fishermen aren’t the only people concerned with keeping ponds healthy, because fish can serve purposes other than adorning the dinner table. Some are kept as pets, and others serve to keep ponds free of aquatic weeds that might take over. Regardless of their purpose, sometimes things go wrong with fishponds. Anyone who owns or uses …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/12/low-oxygen-fish-kills-in-managed-ponds/

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