Panhandle Agriculture

Weed Control Can Also Reduce Insect Damage

A caterpillar feeding at the edge of a field. Photo Credit: UF/IFAS Extension Insects, like humans, do not like exerting more effort than is necessary. They are also picky eaters. When an insect lands on a plant that it cannot eat or doesn’t prefer to eat, then it must exert more time and effort to …

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Fetal Versus Maternal Contributions of Bos indicus Genetics to Offspring Growth

By Pedro Fontes and Cliff Lamb Researchers at the North Florida Research and Education Center have initiated a five-year experiment that focuses on the relationship between cattle breed and nutritional restriction on subsequent fetal and calf development, feed efficiency, and reproductive traits. Production traits of cattle maintained in warmer climates are improved by inclusion of …

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Friday Funny: Florist Foul-up

A farmer and his wife worked with his son and daughter-in law to develop a business plan that would allow the couple to move back to the family farm.   The young couple developed an agritourism business with U-pick fruits and vegetables for the summer, a corn maze in the fall, and a country store …

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July Cattle and Forage Management Reminders

UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle worked to develop a basic management calendar for cattle producers.  The purpose of this calendar is to provide reminders for management techniques with similar timing to those used at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Research Unit, Marianna, Florida.  …

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June Panhandle Weather Summary

June 2016 was fairly typical for the Florida Panhandle with much warmer temperatures and scattered afternoon thunderstorms with highly variable rainfall.  In the graphic above you can see the hot pink areas that received more than 10″ and dark red regions that received more than 8″ in June.  In contrast the beige areas received less …

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Cotton Marketing News: Christmas in July

The calendar says July; but for the cotton grower it’s Christmas.  This week’s USDA monthly supply and demand numbers were an unexpected gift.  The market reacted positively and let’s hope prices can sustain the new-found optimism. Even if prices eventually slip back a bit, and I’m not saying they will, today’s move at minimum gives …

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Fungus Keeping Kudzu Bugs below Thresholds on Soybeans

White muscadine disease (Beauveria bassiana) on a kudzu bug. Photo credit: Jennifer Bearden Kudzu bugs are a fairly new pest for our area but are already familiar to residents in Northwest Florida.  Researchers are continuously studying new pests to make research-based control recommendations. One research project (UGA research article) is investigating a fungus, Beauveria bassiana, that infects kudzu bugs.  Beauveria bassiana causes white …

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Anhidrosis: When Your Horse Stops Sweating

Horses Should Sweat Like a Horse Unlike cows, pigs and dogs which primarily use respiration to dissipate heat, the primary way horses, and of course humans, stay cool in hot weather is through evaporation of sweat. In environments with high humidity, sweat does not evaporate very well so horses may sweat more, and for a …

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Perennial Peanut Field Day July 23

Perennial Peanut Field Day Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 9:30 AM EST Registration – $ 10 per person UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy, Florida The Perennial Peanut Producers Association and the University of Florida are teaming up to host a tour of ongoing perennial peanut research at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and …

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Friday Funny: Patronizing Nurse

Harold was a farmer, who had stayed healthy and happy out on the farm for over 60 years. As the years slipped by, however, his wife worried about him out in the summer heat for long hours each day.  She had been right to worry as one summer, while out fixing fence, the heat got …

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