Panhandle Agriculture

Vaseygrass in your Bermuda hayfield? Start your management now!

Mature Vaseygrass with seed headPhoto by James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.org When you think of hay in the third week of January, you are probably wondering whether you’ll have enough hay to last until grass greens up in the spring. However, now is the time to develop your plan …

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2013 Variety Trial Results from UF/IFAS WFREC

Field Corn Field Day 2013 Variety selection is critical to achieving high yields, better crop quality, and pest resistance.  Soil and environmental factors vary greatly in our country and even the Southeast region.  This is why universities perform variety trials at numerous locations in the region. Researchers at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education …

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Northwest Florida Beef Conference February 12

The 29th annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center, located at 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Marianna, Florida.  The event begins with registration and the Trade Show opening at 7:30 AM central time, and concludes at 1:30 PM.  The program begins …

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Satsuma Protection in Cold Weather Extremes

Citrus tree in Jackson County under the protection of a micro-irrigation system. Image Credit Doug Mayo This week, Northwest Florida received some of the coldest weather in recent years, with lows ranging from 14 ºF to 20 ºF two nights in a row. This had the potential to impact local citrus production areas heavily. It is still …

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Complying with the New Florida Cattle ID Rule

                In March of 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cattle Identification rules were implemented requiring all cattle 18 months old or older be identified for interstate (across state line) transportation.  Beef cattle under 18 months of age, unless they are moved interstate for shows, exhibitions, …

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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the US Extension Service

4-H Corn Club youth showing a County Extension Agent that he had properly cultivated his corn. 1919. Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/36694 Truly amazing things can happen in the span of 100 years.  In this day and age, however, where everything is expected to be “bigger-better-faster,” accomplishments over a 100 year …

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2014 UF/IFAS Basic Beekeeping School

  Photo by Judy Ludlow The UF/IFAS Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team will once again be offering a Basic  Beekeeping School in February and March.  These classes will be offered via interactive video conferencing at Extension Offices across the Panhandle.  Details are listed below, please call your local UF/IFAS Extension Service to register and if you …

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Apalachee Intro to Beekeeping Shortcourse February 22

Course Objective: To introduce participants to the basics of successfully caring for a honeybee colony. Rotating, Hands-On Group Sessions will include: Hive Assembly Nutrition, Forage, Bee Health Open Hives Demonstration, Tools & Safety Management, Pests & Integrated Pest Management Register today, because registration is limited to 100 attendees and ends February 12th. The registration fee …

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Ranchers Should Prepare for Hard Freeze January 7 & 8

Windchill forecast for Monday night through early Tuesday morning. Warning! The National Weather Service is forecasting wind chills below freezing for 48 hours from Monday night through Wednesday, with possible single digit wind chills on Monday and Tuesday nights. The following is the NWS forecast for Marianna for Monday through Tuesday night. Monday:  Sunny, with …

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2013 NASS Farm Land Rent Survey Summary

Table 1 It is the time of year when land owners and farmers negotiate lease agreements for the crop year ahead.  One of the toughest parts of negotiation is having a handle on what is a fair price.  The USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) does an annual survey to estimate average prices for a …

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