Panhandle Agriculture

Perennial Peanut, A Great Choice for Panhandle Pastures and Landscapes

Figure 1: Perennial Peanut Field. Credit: Ray Bodrey, UF/IFAS. Driving through rural parts of the Panhandle this time of year, one will find pastures with thick green canopies, exploding with the yellow-gold flowers. Perennial peanut is in bloom. This is a highly nutritional forage option for livestock, but also makes for a beautiful urban groundcover. Perennial …

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Unusual Outbreaks of Sweetpotato Whiteflies in the Panhandle

Figure 1. Whitefly adults and eggs (photo credit James Castner) Xavier Martini, Mathews Paret, Josh Freeman, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center Outbreaks of sweetpotato whiteflies (also called silverleaf whitefly) Bemisia tabaci (Figure 1 above) have been recorded recently in the Florida Panhandle and South Georgia on tomatoes and other vegetables. Whitefly is a …

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Is Calf Shrink a Big Deal?

Weaned calves at Bar L Ranch, Marianna. Perhaps weaning time has come and gone on your operation, but did you consider how much potential profit was lost because of shrink in the calves you sold? Shrink in beef calves is weight loss due to stress that occurs from the time an animal leaves one location …

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Tropical Weather will Increase Disease Pressure on Late Planted Crops

Figure 1. Video of weather forecast for Friday September 2 showing movement through the Southeast of Hurricane Hermine. There is a brief advertisement at the beginning of the video. Ian Small, Nicholas Dufault, Kelly O’Brien, and David Wright Late season storms like hurricane Hermine (Fig. 1) and tropical depression Julia (and 12) often bring significant …

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Cotton Marketing News: September Numbers Obviously Not What The Market Wanted to See

I’m not 100% sure what the cotton market expected to see in this week’s USDA monthly estimates.  As if anyone ever knows.  Whatever the market was expecting, it didn’t get it; prices reacted accordingly—down. In the short term, markets and price direction are driven by expectations based on the data and information available at the …

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Friday Funny: Poor Coordination

A country preacher was very frustrated with the level of alcohol abuse in his congregation.  There were several families that were really struggling, so he decide it was time for him to take action. The preacher used every angle to discuss the negative effects of alcohol abuse in an emotional sermon. He pounded the pulpit, …

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NRCS: 2017 EQIP Application Deadline October 21

Assistance Helps Florida Farmers, Ranchers Conserve Natural Resources Application deadline for 2017 financial assistance: Friday, October 21, 2016 Florida farmers, ranchers, and forest owners can apply until October 21st  for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for fiscal year 2017 funding. Although applications are accepted …

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Florida Farmland Value Holding Fairly Steady

Source: USDA Land Values 2016 Summary The last few years most of the farm market news has been pretty discouraging, with declining market prices for peanuts, cotton, corn, soybeans, and cattle. In August, however, USDA released the 2016 Land Values Summary report that showed that the value of farmland has held fairly strong, despite depressed …

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Thrips-transmitted Viruses Infect a Number of Florida Crops

Figure 1. Necrotic rings on immature tomato fruits from plant infected with Tomato chlorotic spot virus. Garima Kakkar, UF/IFAS, St Lucie County Extension, Fort Pierce; Joe Funderburk, UF/IFAS, North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy; Scott Adkins, USDA-ARS, Horticultural Research Laboratory, Fort Pierce The thrips-transmitted tospoviruses are important economic problems for crops in Florida. Tomato …

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2016 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida

Ann Blount & Jose Dubeux, North Florida Research and Education Center; Patricio Munoz, Ali Babar, Kevin Kenworthy, and Ken Quesenberry, Department of Agronomy; and Joao Vendramini, Range Cattle Research and Education Center Seed availability this year for most cool-season forages should be in good supply. There was reported difficulty with local production of cereal rye, …

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