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October Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

Chris Prevatt, UF/IFAS Livestock Economist The August 2016 Feeder Cattle futures contract made a $ 13.20/cwt. price improvement during October. Based on this futures price increase, August Feeder Cattle revenues increased by approximately $ 99.00/hd.  ($ 13.20/cwt. * 7.5 cwt.) on a 750-pound feeder steer which amounts to $ 6,600 per truckload (50,000 lbs.). The …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/11/07/october-florida-cattle-market-price-watch/

Cold Protection Tips for North Florida Vegetable Farmers

High tunnel frame, prior to adding plastic sheeting. Photo by Full Earth Farm. While many peninsular Florida farmers do not have to worry about cold protection, farmers in the Florida Panhandle are certainly an exception. Most of the Panhandle is in zone 8b, which means average minimum temperatures are between 15 and 20°F. North Florida …

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Opportunities and Challenges of Alfalfa Production in North Florida

Figure 1.  Jackson County alfalfa grower Bill Conrad. Photo credit: Doug Mayo J. Dubeux, Jr. and A. Blount, University of Florida/IFAS – North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), 3925 Highway 71, Marianna, FL P. Munoz, University of Florida/IFAS – Agronomy Department, Gainesville, FL. Florida has approximately 119,000 dairy cows and a well-developed horse industry …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/11/06/opportunities-and-challenges-of-alfalfa-production-in-north-florida/

Endless October Options in Northwest Florida!

Corn and sorghum mazes are great family fun in October. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson October is a glorious time of year in northwest Florida. Temperatures are cooler, skies seem bluer, and the summer crowds have left the still-warm waters of the Gulf mostly to us locals. It is also the perfect time to explore the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/09/endless-october-options-in-northwest-florida/

Florida Wildflowers: Coreopsis

Native Lanceleaf Coreopsis. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright. In our demonstration garden we are enjoying the small but vibrant blooms of our state wildflower Coreopsis, also commonly known as tickseed. After many years of its use in the Florida highways beautification program, Coreopsis was adopted as Florida’s official state wildflower in 1991. Florida can boast of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/24/florida-wildflowers-coreopsis/

Honey Bee Colony Numbers: National Trends Mixed, Florida Increasing

Photos by Judy Ludlow The Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), conducted their ninth annual national survey of honey bee colony losses. Over 6,000 beekeepers completed the survey providing valuable information about honey bee colony numbers and health for the 2014/2015 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/22/honey-bee-colony-numbers-national-trends-mixed-florida-increasing/

West Florida Extension Farm Field Day August 27th

All are invited to attend the 2015 Extension Farm Field Day  that will be held on Thursday, August 27th at the UF/IFAS WFREC (4253 Experiment Road, Hwy 182, Jay, FL 32565).  Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. with tours beginning at 8:30.   Lunch will be generously provided through agribusiness sponsorship. Florida and Alabama restricted pesticide license renewal CEUs …

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Florida Forestry Economic Highlights

Source FL Forestry News:  Official Newsletter of the Florida Forestry Service                                                                                                                                       . Since the 1930s, natural resource managers have relied on the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program, the most comprehensive forest monitoring and analysis system in existence. FIA is a reliable means of gauging changes to wildlife habitat, timber supplies, the environment and …

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2015 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida

Replacement heifers on cool-season forages; North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), Marianna – FL. Photo by Jose Dubeux on Dec. 6, 2013. Ann Blount, Patricio Munoz, Jose Dubeux, Joao Vendramini, Ali Babar, Kevin Kenworthy, and Ken Quesenberry  (North Florida Research and Education Center, Department of Agronomy, and the Range Cattle Research and Education Center) …

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Muscadine Grape: a Popular Fruit for North Florida

The muscadine grape is a popular fruit that grows very well here in North Florida.  It has smaller leaves than bunch grapes and fruit are harvested singly, rather than in bunches.  Theses grapes can be enjoyed fresh and also be used for home wine-making.  One of the nice things about growing muscadine grapes in Florida is …

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