In this Issue:
  • 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
  • Does Your Pond Need Fertilization?
  • Spring is the Ideal Time for Aquatic Herbicide Application
  • Underperforming Food Plots? Three Possible Reasons Why
  • UF/IFAS Survey of Damage to Livestock from Coyotes
  • Timing is Crucial for Successful Dove Fields
  • Wildlife

    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/

    Does Your Pond Need Fertilization?

    Recreational farm ponds vary in size and purpose and management goals differ widely from owner to owner. Some pond owners want clear water with only small amounts of vegetation and a few fish to catch. This pond is meant mainly for relaxation and aesthetics. Other pond owners want to fish more often, but also want …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/05/01/does-your-pond-need-fertilization/

    Spring is the Ideal Time for Aquatic Herbicide Application

    Similar to Goldilocks’ porridge, water temperature doesn’t need to be too hot or too cold, it needs to be just right for using aquatic herbicides (70o – 80o F). Here in Florida these optimum water temperatures occur in the spring. Water temperature largely regulates the growth of most aquatic weeds; cool temperatures slow or stop …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/04/24/spring-is-the-ideal-time-for-aquatic-herbicide-application/

    Underperforming Food Plots? Three Possible Reasons Why

    Deer hunting season has begun in Northwest Florida. As hunters venture into the woods and sit for hours on end they have plenty – sometimes too much – time to contemplate what they could have done, or should do to make their hunting experiences better. These plans for improvement may involve all kinds of things, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/12/12/underperforming-food-plots-three-possible-reasons-why/

    UF/IFAS Survey of Damage to Livestock from Coyotes

    The University of Florida, IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center is conducting a survey to more thoroughly understand coyote damage to livestock. UF/IFAS is cooperating with the USDA National Wildlife Research Center to measure losses of livestock presumed to have been a direct consequence of coyote predation, and to assist in identifying the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/06/27/ufifas-survey-of-damage-to-livestock-from-coyotes/

    Timing is Crucial for Successful Dove Fields

    We are roughly 100 days away from the beginning of dove season. Planting crops that produce attractive food sources for doves can be an effective way to increase your chances of having successful hunts. If you are considering planting a dove field this year, now’s the time to get started.

    They key to maintaining a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/06/20/timing-is-crucial-for-successful-dove-fields/

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