Monthly Archive: August 2016

September: Crops in Season

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) provides a monthly Calendar of Food Days, Weeks, and Months plus provides resources for selected national food-themes. http://food.unl.edu/september-food-calendar   The month of September boasts a variety of activities using produce that can be grown somewhere in Florida. In fact, many crops are grown locally and are in season now. …

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Store it Right

  Does lettuce turn brown and slimy in your refrigerator? Is that two-year-old frozen turkey still safe to eat?  Should you dispose of that slightly moldy cheese?  “When in doubt throw it out” is definitely a safe practice to follow.  However, throwing food out is like throwing money away.  A few simple guidelines for food …

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September is Food Safety Month

September is National Food Safety Month. However, food safety should be practiced every day of the year and for every meal and/or snack. We live in a busy society. We are always in a rush to do and to go to whatever we have planned. When it comes to our food, we need to make …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/28/september-is-food-safety-month/

High Tunnel Exclusion Systems for Improved Pest Management

Author: Jose Perez, UF/IFAS Small Farms Extension Coordinator Dr. Ayanava Majumdar is an Extension Entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. His work focuses on finding practical solutions for managing insect pests that affect peanut and vegetable crops. “Dr. A,” as he is commonly known, has developed a very strong relationship with …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/26/high-tunnel-exclusion-systems-for-improved-pest-management/

The Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida: The Go-to-Guide for Vegetable Farmers

The recently updated Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida (VPH) is the go-to-source of information on vegetable production.  So you need to know how to control leafminers in sweet potato? It is in there! Maybe you have a problem with Cercospora leaf spot in okra? Need some weed management options in tomato? That is in there …

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Using the Linear Bed Foot System for Vegetable Fertilization

Some production systems, particularly vegetables, utilize wide row spacing (anywhere from 4 to 8 foot wide). In these systems it is of economic and environmental importance to fertilize the crop root zones evenly, and not fertilize the row middles, where nutrients will go to waste or could even become a pollutant. The linear bed foot …

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Friday Funny: 40th Anniversary Reminiscing

A farmer and his wife enjoyed a wonderful celebration with their family on their 40th wedding anniversary.  After everyone left the couple was putting things away and stopped to reminisce about how things were so different when they got married.  The wife picked up one of their wedding photos from the head table of their …

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NFREC Vegetable Field Day October 5

The North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy will be hosting a Vegetable Field Day from 9am-3pm on October 5th at 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351-5677, Phone: (850) 875-7100 Topics to be covered during the event will be disease and nematode management in tomato, watermelon, cucumber, and cantaloupe. Tomato and watermelon varieties for …

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Skunkvine – A Stinky Invasive Plant

Skunkvine illustration. UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. North Florida gardeners have many non-native, invasive plants to deal with, but none quite as stinky as skunkvine (Paederia foetida). As the name implies, skunkvine has a noticeable smell, especially when the leaves are crushed, and it is an aggressive-growing vine, capable of smothering desirable landscape …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/20/skunkvine-a-stinky-invasive-plant/

Friday Funny: The Cattleman’s Secret for Longevity

From his favorite rocking chair on his front porch, a 95 year old cattleman shared words of wisdom with the grandson he chose to carry on the tradition of managing the family ranch. He told his grandson, “You can’t starve a profit out of a herd, but you can sure feed it to them!”  He …

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