Panhandle Agriculture

US Beef Cow Herd Increased 2% in 2014

Source: USDA NASS Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist The inventory of all cattle and calves was 89.8 million head on January 1, 2015, up 1.4 percent from one year ago but, except for last year, still the smallest total herd inventory since 1952.  The 2014 calf crop was up 0.5 …

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2015 Panhandle Crop Meeting March 5

The 2015 Panhandle Crop Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 5th, at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center, 2741 Pennsylvania Ave., Marianna, FL. Registration opens at 7:15 AM (Central) and concludes at noon with a sponsored lunch. The Panhandle Crop Meeting will consist of an array of presentations from extension specialists from the University of …

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Monensin Toxicity in Horses: What to Look For

Several cases of monensin toxicity in horses have been reported in the Southeastern U.S. over that last few months.  Monensin is an ionophore antibiotic that is commonly added to livestock feeds such as poultry and cattle feeds.  This is a safe feed additive for ruminants and poultry, but horses are very sensitive to monensin.  Sometimes …

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UF/IFAS Extension to Help Farm Families Secure their Financial Future

The Barton Family. Photo by Shepard Eubanks, UF/IFAS Kimberly Moore Wilmoth, UF/IFAS Communications Services & Michael Gutter, UF/IFAS Finical Management Specialist For Bonifay farmer and rancher Ken Barton, business and family is more than just a balancing act – it is his livelihood. Barton is 10 years away from retirement, and concerned about how he …

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Tomato Variety Selection for the Florida Panhandle

Photo Credit: UF/IFAS Communication Services It’s time to order seed and get transplants started for a spring tomato crop.  Which tomato cultivar should a producer select and what criteria should be used for selection?  There are many factors that go into every decision made on a vegetable farm but here are few that will help …

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Grazing Management is Key for Profitable Livestock Production

Figure 1. Overgrazed (A) and well-managed pasture (B). Photo credits: Jose Dubeux, UF/IFAS – NFREC Jose Dubeux, , University of Florida/IFAS – North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) Pastures are different than hay fields or row crops. The final product is not the crop per se, but the animal gain obtained from grazing it. …

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Alabama & Florida Peanut Trade Show February 12

The AL/FL Peanut Trade Show will be held Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds located on Highway 231 South of Dothan, AL. Sponsored by the Alabama Peanut Producers Association and the Florida Peanut Producers Association, the one day event offers farmers the opportunity to view the products and services of more …

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Join us for Farm Day 2015 in Atmore AL February 12

You are invited to join us for Farm Day 2015, an annual crop production educational meeting held in combination with Alabama Cooperative Extension and UF IFAS Extension.  This year, Farm Day will be held at Grace Fellowship Church, 1412 E Nashville Avenue, (West Highway 31) Atmore, AL 36502.  This year’s slate of speakers from the University of Georgia, …

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Escambia and Santa Rosa Offer Pesticide Training February 25

Attendees will learn the basics of applying pesticides correctly and will be able to take the exams (Private Applicator and Core) necessary to become certified private applicators by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). WHO NEEDS A LICENSE? Anyone using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides on agricultural or related sites in Florida needs a …

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2015 Florida Bull Test Sale Summary

Steve Williams of J & W Simmentals receiving his plaque for their consignment J&W Mr Cruising that was the winner of the Florida Bull Test. Pictured (from L to R): Nick Comerford (NFREC Center Director), Steve Williams, and David Thomas (NFREC Beef Unit Supervisor). The Florida Bull Test Sale was held on January 17, 2015 …

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