Monthly Archive: December 2014

Poinsettia Do’s and Don’ts

Poinsettias are one of the most popular plants during the Holiday Season. Poinsettias grow as shrubs in their native southern Mexico but have been bred to become compact, bushy plants perfect as container ornamentals. The showy “flowers” of poinsettias are actually modified leaves called bracts. Usually red in color, modern poinsettia breeding created showy bracts …

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Time of Reflection and Resolution

  It’s December!  2014 is coming to an end, and with it, our success and failures with our gardens and lawns are in our past.  Maybe your garden or lawn experienced a great resurgence this year or was set back by the floods of April and the record low temperatures of November.  Time to sit back, …

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If it is “Frozen”, “Let it go” ’til Spring

  A frozen perennial plant. Photo credit: Taylor Vandiver UF/IFAS Extension. When you look out at your landscape nobody has to tell you that winter temperatures in Northwest Florida Afterwards, the temperatures warm up and you feel compelled to do something about it. You just need to “turn your back and slam the door”. “Conceal, …

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Tony Strickland Honored as Wakulla County Agricultural Innovator

Les Harrison, Wakulla County Extension recognized Tony Strickland as Agricultural Innovator in Wakulla County. On Thursday August 21, 2014, twelve Innovative Farmers and Ranchers were recognized by University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida at the Jefferson County Opera House, in Monticello.  This is the fourth year these two organizations have …

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Florida Bull Test Sale January 17

The 15th Florida Bull Test was conducted at the University of Florida North Florida Research and Education center in Marianna. There were 103 consignments from 33 consignors from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina. There were 46 Angus, 4 Braford, 4 Brahman, 10 Charolais, 2 Hereford, 3 Red Angus, 16 SimAngus, and 18 Simmental …

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FSA Hay and Grazing Net: an Online Resource for Hay and Livestock Producers

USDA has created an online tool to connect livestock producers with hay growers and land owners Hay & Grazing Net.  Photo credit: Doug Mayo USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Announces Online Hay and Grazing Acres Locator Tool For many years, FSA’s Hay Net website www.fsa.usda.gov/haynet  has been the “go to” online resource for agricultural producers …

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2014 Farm Bill Provides Greater Protection for Specialty Crop Growers

Source: USDA Farm Service Agency Greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)  for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, …

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Tools for Trapping Pests and Attracting Beneficial Insects

Russ Mizell, UF/IFAS Professor of Entomology, NFREC Quincy Florida’s climate provides a long and often year-round growing season. Wherever crops are grown they attract insect and disease pests. As a result, growers are confronted with two major problems: detecting when pests arrive and determining how to manage them. All organisms have their own natural enemies …

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Honeybees are Valuable Pollinators

Health honeybee hives will be working the Spring 2015 bloom in a few short months. Cross pollination is carried on mainly by insects, especially by honeybees, bumblebees, and to a very limited extent, other bee-like insects. The honeybee, of all insects, is most peculiarly adapted to the task of cross pollination.  Most insects are dormant …

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Thank You Farmers and Ranchers for a Wonderful Centennial Year!

As we come to the end of our 100th year of serving the citizens of Florida, the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Faculty located in the 16 county offices of the Florida Panhandle thank you for making 2014 another great year! Extension has come a long way assisting farmers and their families with relevant information since …

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