Unsightly and Painful Winter Barnyard Weeds

Unsightly and Painful Winter Barnyard Weeds

Burweed I don’t know about you, but I am fighting some bothersome winter weeds this season.  In high traffic areas around my barn, I have developed a lawn burweed (Soliva sessilis) issue.  Lawn burweed, also called spurweed, is a low growing winter annual that...
Protecting Our Crop Protectants

Protecting Our Crop Protectants

Crop protection chemicals are vitally important to the agriculture industry and need to be protected. The “war on chemicals” is a true threat to the pesticides we rely on. That threat is challenging to manage except by advocating and telling the story of stewardship...
Grasshoppers Could Be a Problem This Season

Grasshoppers Could Be a Problem This Season

– Jennifer Bearden, UF/IFAS Okaloosa Extension Ag Agent, and Ethan Carter, Regional Crop IPM Agent The warm, dry weather this spring is a serious concern. It’s causing many problems ranging from delayed planting to wildfires and everything in between. It is also...
What’s the Right Calcium Source for Your Soil?

What’s the Right Calcium Source for Your Soil?

I always start my answer (like any good soil scientist) with, “It depends!”  If your soil pH is low, I would recommend a liming material.  If your soil pH is close to the target pH, I would recommend other calcium sources.  Not all calcium sources are equal in their...