In this Issue:
  • Beavers – Engineering Marvel or Farmer’s Frustration
  • 2016 Corn Variety Trial Summary from Jay, Florida
  • Don’t Rush Wildlife Plot Plantings – Wait on Rain
  • Snakes of the Florida Panhandle: Southern Copperhead
  • Planning Ahead for Dove Season
  • A Hook, Line & Sinker Approach to Pond Management
  • UF/IFAS Research Estimates Feral Hogs cost Florida Cattle Industry $2 Million Annually
  • Owls – Florida’s Remarkable Birds of Prey
  • Idle Farm Equipment Makes an Ideal Habitat For Black Widow Spiders
  • A New Website For Selecting Plants to Enhance Ecosystem Services
  • Wildlife

    Beavers – Engineering Marvel or Farmer’s Frustration

    Even though the “work” beavers do can sometimes cause frustration to land owners, they are truly amazing creatures.  A number of questions have come into the Extension Office lately about managing beavers, so it is a good time to discuss a little about the history and biology of these unique animals, as well as the management …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/10/beavers-engineering-marvel-or-farmers-frustration/

    2016 Corn Variety Trial Summary from Jay, Florida

    Santa Rosa County is not a major corn producer, as compared to the Midwest, but farmers there do grow 600-800 acres of field corn each year. These producers plant corn as a summer rotational crop, some for cattle feed, and a significant acreage is planted and sold to our wildlife enthusiasts.

    The University of Florida/IFAS, West Florida Research …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/12/16/2016-corn-variety-trials-in-jay-florida/

    Don’t Rush Wildlife Plot Plantings – Wait on Rain

    It should be too late in the year for an article about cool season food plots; they should already be up and growing, at the very least planted. It’s November, archery season has begun, the fall food plot ship should have already sailed. However, due to the incredibly dry weather we’ve had for the past …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/11/04/dont-rush-wildlife-plot-plantings-wait-on-rain/

    Snakes of the Florida Panhandle: Southern Copperhead

    There are approximately 44 species of snakes found in Florida.  The Southern Copperhead is one of only six venomous snakes that one might encounter while outdoors in the Florida Panhandle.    A uniquely beautiful and secretive snake, they historically have only been found in the Panhandle counties of Gadsden, Liberty, Jackson, and Calhoun along the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/08/12/southern-copperhead-in-the-florida-panhandle/

    Planning Ahead for Dove Season

    Planning Ahead for Dove Season

    Every Fall, sportsmen of all ages set their sights on the mourning dove (Zenaida macroura), one of the most widely hunted migratory birds in the United States.  Because it is migratory bird, management falls under federal and state regulations.  Annually, Extension agents receive questions about the legality of putting out …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/07/08/planning-ahead-for-dove-season/

    A Hook, Line & Sinker Approach to Pond Management

    Florida is home to literally thousands of ponds, some natural, some man made. Most of these ponds are used solely for recreation. However, some ponds are used for farming needs, whether for irrigation or livestock purposes. In either case, ponds can provide excellent fishing environments, if managed properly.

    A good philosophy to have when thinking …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/03/11/hook-line-sinker-approach-to-pond-management/

    UF/IFAS Research Estimates Feral Hogs cost Florida Cattle Industry $2 Million Annually

    Feral swine cost the Florida cattle industry at least $2 million a year in lost cattle production, according to a new study led by a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher.

    In fact, researchers believe they may have underestimated the amount of forage destroyed by feral swine, said Samantha Wisely, a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/02/05/ufifas-research-estimates-feral-swine-cost-florida-cattle-industry-2-million-annually/

    Owls – Florida’s Remarkable Birds of Prey

    Some of my favorite creatures are owls, and as you can see by the quotes below, owls have captivated humans across the ages.

    “And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.”
    ―Isaiah 34:13

    “Owl,” …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/12/18/owls-floridas-remarkable-birds-of-prey/

    Idle Farm Equipment Makes an Ideal Habitat For Black Widow Spiders

    As the growing season concludes, field equipment is parked in the barns and sheds across the Panhandle. After an all too brief rest, farmers and ranchers perform the necessary maintenance on these agricultural assets.  Even still, unpowered and idle, this equipment can pose a danger. Insects are attracted to any crop residue remaining, and the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/12/11/idle-farm-equipment-makes-an-ideal-habitat-for-black-widow-spiders/

    A New Website For Selecting Plants to Enhance Ecosystem Services

    In a previous Panhandle Ag-e Newsletter article (Tools for Trapping Pests and Attracting Beneficial Insects), I described some new multifunctional tactics to monitor pests and enhance beneficial insects. Here we are publicizing a new website that will be online within the next few weeks which will enable selection of plant species for any type …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/05/15/a-new-website-for-selecting-plants-to-enhance-ecosystem-services/

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