Monthly Archive: February 2016

Friday Funny: The Guard Mule

This week’s joke was sent in by Cheryl Vergot, Tallahassee, FL. Thanks for sharing Cheryl!   As is most often the case these days, a young farmer married a cute city-girl who grew up in a nearby town.  Soon after their fancy, country-club wedding, the farmer prepared for a visit by his city-bred mother-in-law, who …

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UF/IFAS Beef & Forage Field Day April 15

2016 University of Florida NFREC Beef & Forage Day April 15, 2016 at the NFREC Beef Unit in Marianna, FL $ 10/person Registration Fee Beef cattle producers find themselves challenged by rising input costs. Given the magnitude of increased expenses, producers are intently focused on the bottom line while seeking both economic and production efficiencies. …

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The Kiwano and Pepino: Crops for the Back Forty

The USDA defines specialty crops as “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” This definition is very broad and as you will soon find out, some crops are extremely special. Two crops new to me, Kiwano and Pepino, struck my interest because of their big price tags. The Kiwano or …

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Brunswick Grass: a Weed Contaminant in Bahiagrass Seed Production Fields

Ann Blount, Jay Ferrell, Anthony Drew, Jose Dubeux, and Cheryl Mackowiak (in cooperation with Johnny Melton, Jack Melton Family, Inc.) Brunswick grass (Paspalum nicorae Parodi), sometimes referred to as “Brown seeded paspalum,” is becoming a problematic weed in summer perennial grass pastures in the southeast. Brunswick grass is a perennial summer grass, with a similar …

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Follow the 5 D’s of Mosquito Prevention!

It’s February in Florida and as the weather gets warmer we Floridians start to turn our attention to the thousands of outdoor activities our beautiful state has to offer.  Florida is not just known for its natural beauty, it is also known for it abundance of mosquitoes. With the mosquito transmitted Zika virus making headline …

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“Big Old Squash” (Gete-okosomin) Unearthed in Wisconsin

“Big Old Squash” (Gete-okosomin) Winter Squash About an hour’s drive northwest of Green Bay, Wisconsin in the land of the Minominee Tribe, a tiny clay pot was discovered by archaeologists. The clay pot was nothing out of the ordinary, but its contents revealed a gift that will live on for generations to come. The 800 …

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Daffodils – A Sign That Spring is Near

Few plants seem to signify the freshness of spring quite as well as daffodils. The name “daffodil” is derived from “addodell” a variant of Asphodel (a plant of the Asphodelus genus.) In historical documents and the common language of 16th century Europe, the term “daffodil” referred specifically to the wild daffodil, Narcissus pseudonarcissus.   The …

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The ‘Star’ of Magnolias

Magnolias are well known plants to gardeners and many are familiar with the foliage and flowers of these plants. If you are looking for another earlier bloomer, you may want to consider adding a specimen selection to your landscape, the Star magnolia (Magnolia stellata).   Although not native to the United States, star magnolia is …

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Friday Funny: The Shingles

Kevin inherited a 200 acre farm from his father.  He worked very hard for several years, but just could not earn enough to provide for his family.  So, he started working in town driving a delivery truck part-time to provide additional off-farm income. Those of us who have spent much time in a doctor’s office …

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Cotton Marketing News: February Report Not a Valentine

February has thus far been a brutal month for cotton prices. Old crop May16 futures prices have lost 4 cents per pound and new crop Dec16 futures have lost over 3½ cents. This represents a 6% loss in value just within the past 10 days or so. Both old crop and new crop futures prices …

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