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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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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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Thrips-transmitted Viruses Infect a Number of Florida Crops

Figure 1. Necrotic rings on immature tomato fruits from plant infected with Tomato chlorotic spot virus. Garima Kakkar, UF/IFAS, St Lucie County Extension, Fort Pierce; Joe Funderburk, UF/IFAS, North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy; Scott Adkins, USDA-ARS, Horticultural Research Laboratory, Fort Pierce The thrips-transmitted tospoviruses are important economic problems for crops in Florida. Tomato …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/09/thrips-transmitted-viruses-infect-a-number-of-florida-crops/

2016 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida

Ann Blount & Jose Dubeux, North Florida Research and Education Center; Patricio Munoz, Ali Babar, Kevin Kenworthy, and Ken Quesenberry, Department of Agronomy; and Joao Vendramini, Range Cattle Research and Education Center Seed availability this year for most cool-season forages should be in good supply. There was reported difficulty with local production of cereal rye, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/09/2016-cool-season-forage-variety-recommendations-for-florida/

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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