Panhandle Agriculture

1st Quarter Weather Summary Shows How Dry the Panhandle has Become

The National Weather Service estimates for the Florida Panhandle from January 1 through April 10, 2015. The promised weak El Niño did not deliver extra rainfall for the Panhandle the past three months .  Much of the region experienced abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions through the first three months of 2015.  The National Weather …

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Doveweed: a Growing Problem in Warm-season Turfgrasses

Figure 1. Doveweed patch in St. Augustinegrass sod. Ramon Leon, WFREC Weed Specialist Doveweed (Murdannia nudiflora) is a summer annual weed species that belongs to the dayflower family. Over the last three years, this weed has become an important weed problem in residential lawns and sod production. This weed has two key characteristics that make …

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Bee Pastures Supplement Hive Nutrition and Enhance Honey Production

Bee Balm (purple flower) and Partridge Pea (yellow flower in background) are two of the many types of plants to consider planting in a Bee Pasture. Bee Pastures can help increase the abundance and health of honey bees and native pollinators. Photo by Judy Ludlow Introduction and Background I am willing to bet that a …

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Alabama Cooperative Extension offers Market Cow 101

Market Cow 101 is an evening workshop that will be offered on Thursday, April 9th at Perdido River Farms in Poarch, AL at 5 pm.  Dr. Frank Owsley, Auburn Livestock Specialist, will cover Market Cow Evaluations, handling cattle, antibiotic use and treatment, and permanent identification methods.  A meal will be served, so please pre-register by …

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Silvopasture Works! Join us at the Solon Dixon Center

Silvopasture is an agricultural practice co-managing trees, forage, and livestock. Photo credit: Doug Mayo What is Silvopasture?  According to the National Agroforestery Center, Silvopasture combines trees with forage and livestock production. The trees are managed for high-value sawlogs and, at the same time, provide shade and shelter for livestock and forage, reducing stress and sometimes …

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2014 USDA Honey Production Report

According to USDA, last year was a good year for US beekeepers with both record high prices and also an increase in total production. Photo credit: Doug Mayo USDA released their annual Honey Production Report last Friday, March 20, 2015.  2014 was a good year for US beekeepers with both record high prices and also …

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Tung Trees – Historic Crop; Toxic Legacy

The bright blossoms of the tung oil tree come from the center of new growth. Photo by Jed Dillard The highway from Monticello to Tallahassee (US 90) is famous for its summer blooming crape myrtle trees donated by nurseryman Fred Mahan. This month, there’s another historic tree flowering along that highway, as well as in …

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Update on 2014 peanut leaf spot fungicide trials in Citra, FL.

Figure 1. An aerial image of 2014 peanut leaf spot fungicide trial from the University of Florida Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, FL on 9/25/14. The management of early and late leaf spot in peanuts is an essential task for growers each year. Currently, there are a number of fungicide products available …

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Florida Agriculture Literacy Day April 21, 2015

The 12th annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is scheduled for Tuesday April 21, 2015, and a new non-fiction children’s book developed for it will highlight Florida’s livestock and poultry industries.  The book, the title of which is Drive Through Florida: Livestock and Poultry, features an animated red truck that takes students on a tour of …

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Have You Decided Which Commodity Support Program to Elect?

John VanSickle, Rod Clouser, Marina Arouca, UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department The 2014 Farm Bill introduced changes to farm commodity programs.  The safety net is now composed of two new programs, Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC).  The Direct and Counter-­Cyclical Program (DCP), the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE), and the …

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