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Funding Helps Florida Ag Producers Improve Working Lands

Conservation Stewardship Program – Application Deadline February 3, 2017 Agricultural producers can sign up for available funding through February 3, 2017  through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Agricultural producers and forest landowners can earn incentive payments from CSP for expanding conservation activities on their land, such as cover crops, ecologically-based …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/18/funding-helps-florida-ag-producers-improve-working-lands/

October Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

The August 2017 Feeder Cattle futures contract decreased by $ 4.95/cwt. during October. Based on this futures price decrease, August Feeder Cattle revenues decreased by approximately $ 37.13/hd. ($ 4.95/cwt. * 7.5 cwt.) on a 750-pound feeder steer which amounts to $ 2,475.00 per truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract high, contract …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/11/october-florida-cattle-market-price-watch-2/

Rice Production in Florida – a Minor, yet Uniquely Valuable Crop

Figure 1. Rice growing in the flooded fields of Florida’s Everglades Agricultural Area. Photo Courtesy of UF/IFAS File Photo Collection On a recent trip to Arkansas, I was captivated by the beauty of vast fields of flooded rice nearly ready for harvest.  That image is just something you don’t see every day in the Florida …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/04/rice-production-in-florida-a-minor-yet-uniquely-valuable-crop/

Growing Ginger Root in North Florida

Freshly harvested ginger rhizomes. Photo by Molly Jameson. Fall is finally here and we are beginning to enjoy our first few bursts of cold air coming in from the northwest. For many, this inspires us to prepare dishes with all of our favorite seasonal spices – nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger come to mind. While …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/27/growing-ginger-root-in-north-florida/

Potential Pests and Diseases of Olives in Florida

Figure 1. Adult glassy-winged sharpshooter, Homalodisca vitripennis. Photo Credit: Lyle J. Buss, UF/IFAS Russ Mizell, Peter Andersen and Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman Olives, Olea europaea, are a newly-developing crop in Florida, but much still remains to be learned of the potential pests. Olives are best adapted to dry Mediterranean climates with some winter chilling. Production under Florida …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/14/potential-pests-and-diseases-of-olives-in-florida/

Preliminary Results from the North Florida Olive Variety Trial

Olive variety trial at UF/IFAS NFREC-Quincy. Photo credit: Pete Anderson There is substantial interest in growing olives (Olea europaea) in northern Florida and southern Georgia.  Thus far, olives have been relatively pest free, and appear to be a sustainable crop for this region. Olives are native to the Mediterranean region, can live thousands of years, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/14/preliminary-results-from-the-north-florida-olive-variety-trial/

September Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

Chris Prevatt, UF/IFAS Regional Livestock Economics Agent The August 2017 Feeder Cattle futures contract decreased by $ 10.38/cwt. during September. Based on this futures price decrease, August Feeder Cattle revenues decreased by approximately $ 77.85/hd. ($ 10.38/cwt. * 7.5 cwt.) on a 750-pound feeder steer which amounts to $ 780 per truckload (50,000 lbs.). The …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/07/september-florida-cattle-market-price-watch/

USDA Confirms Screwworms in the Florida Keys

Key deer buck killed by an infestation of screwworms on Big Pine Key. Credit: Samantha Gibbs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Screwworms were eradicated from the Southeast back in 1959.  This week USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World Screwworms Cochliomyia hominivorax in three deer in the Florida Keys.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/07/usda-confirms-screwworms-in-the-florida-keys/

Florida Wildflowers: Blazing Star

Monarch butterfly on dense blazing star (Liatris spicata). Beverly Turner, Jackson Minnesota, Bugwood.org The Florida panhandle has a treasure of native wildflowers to enjoy in every season of the year. In the late summer and fall, blazing star, also commonly known as gayfeather, can be found blooming in natural areas and along roadsides. You can …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/22/florida-wildflowers-blazing-star/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/09/florida-farmland-value-holding-fairly-steady/

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