Panhandle Agriculture

Spotted Wilt Virus showing up in Jackson County Peanuts

Figure 1. Peanut plants stunted by tomato spotted wilt virus in 2016. Pictures were taken on June 10th of peanuts which were planted in late April Always unpredictable, spotted wilt disease of peanut in the southeast has ebbed and flowed over the years.  For many years, the disease was moderate to severe at the North …

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National Beekeeper Reports Reveal a Significant Decline in Colonies, Production, and Income

Bees and Brood. Photo by Judy Biss It has been a tough year for beekeepers.  Two recent national reports revealed that beekeepers suffered the triple whammy of colony loss, reduced honey production, and lower prices, all of which ultimately reduced income over this past production year. The Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary …

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Advanced Forest Site Prep Herbicide Workshop July 13

9 am to 2 pm, July 13, 2016 Eastern 4 FL CEUs, 3.5 CFEs University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351 AGENDA 8:15 Meet and Greet, coffee 9:00 Welcome, Pat Minogue, R.F.,  Associate Professor of Silviculture 9:10  Advanced herbicide site preparation for pine plantation management. (50 minutes) …

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Friday Funny: Unclear Instructions

An older man got a little confused at a sporting goods store recently.  When he was ready to pay for his shotgun shells and 22 bullets, he walked up to the counter and pulled out his credit card and tried to hand it to the clerk.  He looked a little confused as she shook her …

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Friday Funny: Tractor for Sale

A local farmer got a lot of attention recently when he advertised a used tractor for sale on Craig’s list.  The cleverly written advertisement said:   FOR SALE Used John Deere Tractor Must sell wife’s tractor.  Tractor has been used with love for many years, but now must be sold due to the development of …

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May Florida Cattle Price Watch

Chris Prevatt, UF/IFAS Livestock Economist The August 2016 Feeder Cattle futures contract made a $ 5.60/cwt. price improvement during May. Based on this futures price increase, August Feeder Cattle revenues increased by approximately $ 42.00/hd. ($ 5.60/cwt. * 7.5 cwt.) on a 750-pound feeder steer which amounts to $ 2,800.00 per truckload (50,000 lbs.). The …

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Cotton Marketing News: A Watchful Summer Lies Ahead

The 64-cent area (Dec16 futures prices) seems to be the limit that this market is willing to go at this point.  Additional positive market factors could take us to 66 cents—but 64 cents has been tested twice over the past month or so and the market shows no ability, or reason quite yet to push …

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Improving the Efficiency of Your Hay Production

Yield is what is typically evaluated when you consider hay production efficiency, but the forage quality also plays a huge role, because it determines the amount of supplemental feed that must be purchased to maintain animal performance. Photo credit: Doug Mayo As cattle prices have drastically declined, producers are closely examining every production expense.  It …

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Friday Funny: Gender Neutral Restrooms

Farm folks have handled an issue for many years that is causing great debate and concern in society today.  The whole topic of gender and restrooms can be solved by going back to old-school technology that was utilized for centuries on rural farms: With outhouses it really does not matter, everyone is equal and waste …

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UF/IFAS 2016 Corn Field Day July 19

Josh Thompson and Kim Wilkens compare corn varieties at the West Florida Research and Education Center Variety Trial. UF/IFAS Extension will host the annual Corn Field Day Tuesday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center, located at 4253 Experiment Road, Highway 182 in Jay. The event will …

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