Monthly Archive: August 2012

Late Soybeans Doing Well in the Big Bend

Late soybeans are doing well, dodging disease, insects and weather…so far. Second crop soybeans are blooming in Florida’s Big Bend and doing well with sufficient rain.  Many fields are following green chopped corn used in dairies for immediate needs or ensiling. Producers have kept a watchful eye on the tropical weather situation and prices.  Two …

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Hay Producers Need to Scout For Horsenettles

Horse-nettle can be identified by its leaves, spines, blooms, and tiny fruit.   Some of Walton County’s perennial peanut producers are experiencing an outbreak of Horsenettles (Solanum carolinense).  This pasture weed is also known as love-apple or wild tomato in panhandle Florida, and is toxic to humans and livestock.  It is often confused with another serious …

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Washington County Update – Wet Fields!

Haying equipment is idle until several days of sunshine dry the fields enough for hay to be baled and barned. There is a growing anxiety about the corn harvest with its high moisture content and lack of available storage. Field conditions are wet making it hard for equipment to cross fields. Cotton fields need to dry …

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An Economic Evaluation of Estrous Synchronization and Fixed-Time Artificial Insemination in Suckled Beef Cows

UF/IFAS beef cattle reseach project showed a $ 49 advantage per exposed cow with Timed AI. Cliff Lamb, UF/IFAS Beef Reproduction Specialist, NFREC Overview Estrous synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) are reproductive management tools that have been available to beef producers for over 30 years. Synchronization of the estrous cycle has the potential to shorten …

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Washington County Update – Everything is Growing

White mold has been found in Washington County peanuts. Frequent rains over the past week have everything growing rapidly, weeds included. Rust in soybeans, white mold in peanuts and beans, and leaf spot in cotton have made appearances. Almost everyone is behind on their spray schedule which is a big concern. Some fields in south …

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Wakulla Farmers Making Hay, When the Sun Shines

Wakulla County hay growers are hoping for a few dry days so haying can start. After a dry spring, the return of semi-regular rains in June was greatly appreciated by farmer and ranchers in Wakulla County.  The situation reversed with Tropical Storm Debbie’s 20 plus inches of rain in late June. Through July and into …

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Cotton Leaf Spot Severe in Santa Rosa County

Target spot/Corynespora leaf spot disease has increased in recent weeks.  Many Santa Rosa County fields have been treated at least once with either Twinline or Headline fungicides. The frequent showers appear to be a critical trigger for disease development and spread. During the past week target spot has caused over 50 percent defoliation in some …

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Hurricane Prep for Livestock Owners

Cattle need room to manuver during a tropical storm or hurricane. Remove obstacles and items which could injure livestock. The peak of hurricane season is weeks away. Here are a few helpful tips to prepare a livestock operation for a tropical storm or hurricane. Livestock are safer in a large pasture free of debris. Barns …

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Downy Mildew on Cucurbits

Downy Mildew (Pseudoperonospora cubensis) has been identified in Santa Rosa County on pumpkins, Cucurbita pepo. Downy Mildew (DM) can be devastating on cucurbits in fall plantings.  The disease occurs in temperate and tropic areas with adequate leaf wetness, usually supplied by dew, with high or low rainfall.  It affects most cucurbits including cucumber, melon, squash, pumpkins, and watermelons.  Prompt action is …

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Snakes: They Are On The Move

This 4 Foot Eastern Diamondback Found This Week In The Edge Of A Peanut Field In Santa Rosa County You are most likely to encounter a snake when the temperature is neither too hot or too cool. This means you chances of seeing a snake in the great outdoors during the middle of the day …

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