Ann Blount, Cheryl Mackowiak, Sunny Liao, Jose Dubeux, Kelly Thomas, Jung-Chen Liu, Victor Guerra, Adesuwa Erhunmwunse, Valerie Mendez, and Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center Forage Team
For the past several years the Perennial Peanut Producers Association, and UF/IFAS Extension have partnered to host a summer field day at UF/IFAS research stations in North Florida. This year the plan was to host the group at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), Quincy, Florida in late May. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, it was not feasible to host an in-person event. However, the NFREC Forage Team wanted to share their ongoing work on perennial peanut and related forage issues through videos from the field:
Perennial Peanut for Ornamental Turf or Ground Cover
Researchers at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center, near Quincy, Florida are evaluating 12 lines of perennial peanut, Arachis glabrata for use in urban landscapes as turf or ground cover. Dr. Ann Blount, UF/IFAS Forage Breeder and Kelly Thomas, UF Agroecology graduate student, share highlights of their current research project.
Perennial Peanut Forage Variety Research Tour
Ann Blount, UF/IFAS Forage Breeder, provides a video tour of the perennial peanut variety research plots at UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), Quincy, Florida. She shares comparisons of the currently recommended varieties with the standard Florigraze, which is the primary variety grown commercially for premium quality livestock hay.
Contributions of Perennial Peanut to Pasture Soil Health
Jung-Chen (JC) Liu, a graduate student in University of Florida’s Soil & Water Sciences Department (advisor Dr. Cheryl Mackowiak), shares highlights of her research at the North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy Florida. She is evaluating the contributions of different perennial peanut varieties and bahiagrass on soil health indicators.
Interaction of Beneficial Soil Fungi with Forage Roots
Victor Guerra, PhD Student in UF Soil & Water Sciences Department, (advisor Dr. Cheryl Mackowiak) shares highlights of his research project examining the interaction of beneficial fungi and bacteria with forage crop roots. These organisms aid forage plants with water and nutrient availability and uptake.
Reducing Pasture Fertilizer Costs by Incorporating Perennial Peanut
Adesuwa Erhunmwunse, University of Florida PhD Student in the Soil & Water Sciences Department (advisor Dr. Sunny Liao), shares highlights of her research project comparing different perennial peanut cultivars to determine which ones can contribute the highest level of nitrogen when incorporated in bahiagrass pastures. Her work will provide insight into management strategies for using legumes in grass based pastures to reduce nitrogen fertilizer costs.
Endophytes in Florida Forages & Potential Mycotoxin Issues
Doug Mayo, Jackson County Extension Director, and Valerie Mendez, Masters Student, University of Florida’s Soil & Water Sciences Department (advisor Dr. Sunny Liao), provide an overview of a research project in Florida. Forage grasses on 14 Florida ranches are being sampled and evaluated for endophyte fungi that produce mycotoxins to determine if they might be causing performance issues in livestock.
Use the following links to publications that would have been included in the proceedings that provide more information on these topics:
- Cool-Season Forages – A Pasture Perspective for 2022 - September 16, 2022
- Ornamental Rhizoma Perennial Peanut for Groundcover or Alternative Turf - March 18, 2022
- 2021 Cool-Season Forage Recommendations for Livestock and Wildlife - September 24, 2021