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The Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida: The Go-to-Guide for Vegetable Farmers

The recently updated Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida (VPH) is the go-to-source of information on vegetable production.  So you need to know how to control leafminers in sweet potato? It is in there! Maybe you have a problem with Cercospora leaf spot in okra? Need some weed management options in tomato? That is in there …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/26/the-vegetable-production-handbook-of-florida-the-go-to-guide-for-vegetable-farmers/

Snakes of the Florida Panhandle: Southern Copperhead

— Photo 1. Large Southern Copperhead in Gadsden County – Photo by Shep Eubanks UF/IFAS Photo 2. Copper head lying next to a tree in leaf litter demonstrating effective camouflage. Photo by Shep Eubanks – UF/IFAS There are approximately 44 species of snakes found in Florida.  The Southern Copperhead is one of only six venomous …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/12/snakes-of-the-florida-panhandle-southern-copperhead/

Satsumas Return to North Florida

Author: Jose Perez, UF/IFAS Small Farms Extension Coordinator Tour a Satsuma Grove on October 11 There was a time when citrus production was booming in North Florida. In the 1920’s, Jackson County, Florida, was known as the Satsuma capital of the World. Satsuma is a citrus variety with excellent eating quality that is cold heady …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/29/satsumas-return-to-north-florida/

Armyworms Wreaking Havoc on North Florida Forages

Ray Bodrey, UF/IFAS Gulf County Extension Director & Kalyn Waters, UF/IFAS Holmes County Extension Director A sudden, fierce attack of armyworms is currently underway on Panhandle forages.  Livestock and hay producers should be on the lookout for this pest. Recently, cases of infested pastures have been identified in multiple counties across Northwest Florida. Insect pests …

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University of Florida joins 12 Universities calling for Increased Federal Investment in Agricultural Research

The University of Florida and 12 other prominent research institutions in the United States joined the SoAR Foundation today in calling for a surge in federal support of food and agricultural science. “Retaking the Field,” the report released by this coalition, highlights recent scientific innovations and illustrates how U.S. agricultural production is losing ground to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/06/18/university-of-florida-joins-12-universities-calling-for-increased-federal-investment-in-agricultural-research/

Don’t be a Sap! Knowing the difference between Florida pines

The longleaf forest display at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center shows typical vegetation and wildlife in the forest. Photo credit: UF IFAS Extension Pine trees are so common in the southeastern United States that they are often taken for granted. They are usually the first to be cut down when homeowners are nervous about storms, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/06/14/dont-be-a-sap-knowing-the-difference-between-florida-pines/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/06/13/may-florida-cattle-price-watch/

Potential Whitefly Outbreak threatens Florida Crops and Landscapes

Brad Buck, UF/IFAS Communications Situation The Q-biotype whitefly, a significant  tropical and subtropical pest, may threaten Florida crops such as tomatoes, squash, beans, watermelons and many other vegetables and ornamentals if immediate measures are not taken to prevent its spread. Scientists statewide, including those with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/28/potential-whitefly-outbreak-threatens-florida-crops-and-landscapes/

North Florida Peach Variety Meeting May 31

Peach trees full of fruit. UF/IFAS file photo Researchers at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center have established a variety evaluation trial for peach trees with better adaptation to Florida’s climate.  There will be an informal meeting to share information on these new peach varieties, as well as general cultural and management practices …

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Spiderwort: A Troublesome Weed Invading North Florida Hay Fields and Pastures

Bermudagrass hayfield with spiderwort spreading from infested road right-of-way in Jackson County. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Michael Durham, Jason Ferrell, and Brent Sellers Figure 1. Spiderwort can be easily identified by its clusters of colorful flowers with three petals. Photo credit: Michael Durham Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis Raf.) is a native perennial species found throughout the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/29/spiderwort-a-troublesome-weed-invading-north-florida-hay-fields-and-pastures/

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