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Panhandle Vegetable Gardeners Seeking the “Organic” Option

Being a gardener in the panhandle has its advantages. We’re able to grow a tremendous variety of vegetables on a year-round basis. However, in this climate, plant diseases, insects and weeds can often thrive. Usually, chemical measures are applied to thwart these pests. Some panhandle gardeners are now searching for techniques regarding a more natural …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/19/panhandle-vegetable-gardeners-seeking-the-organic-option/

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/

Bermudagrass Stem Maggots Plague Panhandle Hay Producers

Stem maggots are a relatively new pest of Bermudagrass hayfields in the Southeast. Bermudagrass Stem Maggots continue to be a cause of consternation to producers of high quality hay in the Panhandle in 2016. Research in Georgia indicates that, since their first discovery in that state in 2010, stem maggots have spread across the southeast.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/12/bermudagrass-stem-maggots-plague-panhandle-hay-producers/

Panhandle Citrus Producers Need to Symptoms of Canker and Greening

Florida’s citrus producers, as well as backyard growers have battled detrimental issues like hard freezes and storm damage over the years.  However, in recent years, emergent bacterial diseases known as citrus canker and citrus greening have been devastating Florida’s citrus crops.  Although these diseases are not yet a major issue in the Panhandle, it’s important …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/05/panhandle-citrus-producers-need-to-symptoms-of-canker-and-greening/

Panhandle Outdoors: St. Joseph Bay Coastal Ecosystem Water School

Northwest Florida is considered one of the top six biodiversity hotspots in the country. The reasons why begin with our unique water features.  The University of Florida IFAS Extension faculty are expanding their acclaimed “Panhandle Outdoors Live!” field trips into two-day events for 2016. They will include presentations as well as traditional excursions to explore …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/22/panhandle-outdoors-st-joseph-bay-coastal-ecosystem-water-school/

June Panhandle Weather Summary

June 2016 was fairly typical for the Florida Panhandle with much warmer temperatures and scattered afternoon thunderstorms with highly variable rainfall.  In the graphic above you can see the hot pink areas that received more than 10″ and dark red regions that received more than 8″ in June.  In contrast the beige areas received less …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/15/june-panhandle-weather-summary/

Wiswall to be Keynote Speaker at the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference

Richard Wiswall Author: Jose Perez, UF/IFAS Small Farms Extension Coordinator Richard Wiswall has been a farmer for 35 years. He runs Cate Farm, a certified organic farm in Vermont  and is author of “The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook.”  Richard’s experience as a farmer is sure to resonate with all farmers who strive to manage their …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/01/wiswall-to-be-keynote-speaker-at-the-panhandle-fruit-and-vegetable-conference/

Panhandle Cotton Insect Situation

Early squaring cotton. Photo by Mike Donahoe Tarnished plant bug. Photo credit: Russ Ottens, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org Cotton throughout the area is squaring heavily and most of our oldest cotton is probably a week away from first bloom. There are reports of some fields being treated for tarnished plant bugs feeding on pinhead squares. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/06/24/panhandle-cotton-insect-situation/

Nature Tourism in the Panhandle – the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) – 30A in Walton County

The “Prayer of the Woods” is an attitude that many in this part of the panhandle try to live. Photos: Molly O’Connor 30A in south Walton County is a special place. Undiscovered for years, then developed… but developed more sustainably than most coastal panhandle communities – this area has now become a go-to destination for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/06/17/nature-tourism-in-the-panhandle-the-intracoastal-waterway-icw-30a-in-walton-county/

Zoysiagrass Becoming More Popular in the Panhandle

If you’ve been researching lawn grass options recently, you’ve probably come across a not so traditional variety known as zoysiagrass. There’s no mystery why zoysiagrass has become a hit with lawn enthusiasts in the Panhandle. This variety is a great choice for coastal, warm weather climates. However, there are always management practices that need to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/06/14/zoysiagrass-becoming-more-popular-in-the-panhandle/

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