Panhandle Agriculture

Time to Order Cool-Season Forage Seeds

Figure 1. Cool-season grazing in North Florida. Photo credit: Jose Dubeux Jose Dubeux – University of Florida – NFREC Forage Management Specialist Have you booked your seeds for cool-season pastures? Fall is rapidly approaching, so it is time to book your cool-season forage seeds. Cool-season forages represent a great opportunity to improve livestock gain with …

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Snakes of the Florida Panhandle: Southern Copperhead

— Photo 1. Large Southern Copperhead in Gadsden County – Photo by Shep Eubanks UF/IFAS Photo 2. Copper head lying next to a tree in leaf litter demonstrating effective camouflage. Photo by Shep Eubanks – UF/IFAS There are approximately 44 species of snakes found in Florida.  The Southern Copperhead is one of only six venomous …

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2016 Peanut Field Day a Success in Spite of the Rain

Field plots showcasing different peanut varieties. Photo by Doug Mayo. Despite the rainy weather, the annual UF/IFAS Peanut Field Day was held on Thursday, August 11, 2016. The event took place at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), where specialists from both Florida and Georgia spoke to attendees regarding research findings and production …

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Ergot: A Fungal Disease in Argentine Bahiagrass Found in Jackson County

Ergot infected Argentine bahiagrass seedheads on the left and center,  normal seedhead on the right.  Photo credit:  Doug Mayo Several calls have come in to the Jackson County Extension Office recently from producers regarding something unusual in their “Argentine” bahiagrass fields.  A parasitic fungal disease called ergot (Claviceps paspali) is growing on the seadheads (racemes) …

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Bermudagrass Stem Maggots Plague Panhandle Hay Producers

Stem maggots are a relatively new pest of Bermudagrass hayfields in the Southeast. Bermudagrass Stem Maggots continue to be a cause of consternation to producers of high quality hay in the Panhandle in 2016. Research in Georgia indicates that, since their first discovery in that state in 2010, stem maggots have spread across the southeast.  …

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Irrigation and Crop Management Field Day September 13

If you have irrigation or are planning on investigating in a pivot for your farm, please join us at the Irrigation and Crop Management Field Day on September 13th in Escambia County.  The Field Day will start in Sam and Scott Walker’s field near Oak Grove, Florida (very close to Walnut Hill).  The field is …

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FAMU Workshop Focuses on Soil Health August 31

Soil Health and Quality Workshop August 31, 2016 Florida A&M University will be hosting “Healthy Soils Grow Great Plants!” on Wednesday, August 31 from 9AM to 4PM at the FAMU Extension and Research Center, 4259 Bainbridge Highway, Quincy, FL 32352. The fee for the workshop is $ 5 per person. Please call (850) 599-3546 no …

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Friday Funny: English is a Crazy Lanquage

With school starting this week, I just wanted to remind you why our kids have to spend 12 years of their lives in school.  It takes that long to learn our crazy language!  We take for granted so many crazy words and phrases that can be very confusing. And if that did not convince you: …

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Friday Funny: The Cow Salesman

When the cattle market peaked back in 2014-15, a Panhandle Rancher decided it was finally time for a new truck.  The 20-year-old truck he had patched and repaired for the past 10 years was so well used that the Rancher’s wife refused to ride in it with him to town.  Since it had been some …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/05/friday-funny-the-cow-salesman/

New Rules for Medicated Feed Go Into Effect in January

As January 1, 2017 nears, beef cattle producers need to be prepared for the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulation. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz from the article: Nebraska BQA: Cattle Producers and the Veterinary Feed Directive On January 1, 2017 medicated feeds for livestock will no longer be sold “over-the-counter” (OTC) through feed dealers. Under …

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