Monthly Archive: June 2013

Managing Hive Robbing Behavior in Bees

During periods of scarce food resources, foraging bees, like the one shown here, invade weaker hives and rob them of their honey.  Photo by Kathy Keatly Garvey, UC Davis Honey bees laboriously gather their food (nectar and pollen) from flowers in bloom and store it in the hive for use when needed.  When nectar sources …

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Warm Season Fish Pond Management

Warm temperatures and longer days have kicked pond productivity into “high gear.” North Florida’s cool fall and winter seem a distant memory.  Warm temperatures and longer days have kicked pond productivity into “high gear.”  Biological activity in and around your pond is in full swing this time of year and there are some “warm weather” …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/06/28/warm-season-fish-pond-management/

Corn Leaf: Thrip Damage, Not a Disease

Thrip Damage:A Closer Look Thrips are most noticeable, and of greatest concern on corn at two periods during the growing season: on young seedling plants, and at ear formation. On seedling plants their feeding makes the plants look stunted. At ear formation, thrip injury to developing kernels provides entry for infection by Fusarium spp. and …

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New EDIS Fact Sheets added in Spring 2013

EDIS is the University of Florida’s Official website with fact sheets available to download on a wide variety of topics for free. The University of Florida database of fact sheets called EDIS (Electronic Data Information Source) has many publications of interest to farmers and ranchers in Northwest Florida.  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu  Each fact sheet has a PDF or printer friendly link in …

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Be a Smart Picnicker This Summer

Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold to reduce the risk of foodborne illness, especially in hot weather. It’s time for all the fun things that summer brings, like picnics, potlucks, and outdoor gatherings.  These are ways we all enjoy celebrating the summer sunshine with friends and family.  As things heat up outside, don’t …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/06/25/be-a-smart-picnicker-this-summer/

Conditions are Prime for White Mold in Peanuts

Peanuts in Santa Rosa County receive a second fungicide application. Peanuts in Santa Rosa County got off to a dry, slow start, with many fields requiring insecticide treatments for thrips. Now that the typical summer rains have set in, peanuts are growing well with a nice canopy, and have for the most part, overcome the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/06/21/conditions-are-prime-for-white-mold-in-peanuts/

Managing Cotton Irrigation

Right now, the maturity of the cotton crop across the panhandle is highly variable, with some fields just cracking, and others approaching layby in a couple of weeks. That being said, this is the time of year for growers to implement strategic irrigation plans that will, regardless of maturity, carry their crops to harvest without …

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What’s Killing My Magnolia Leaves?

We love our native magnolias in part because they are tough, easy to care for trees. The mainstay of southern gardens, they grace us with attractive thick, waxy leaves year round and sublimely fragrant and graceful blooms. However, this past spring brought conditions that encouraged a fungal leaf disease known as anthracnose, most noticeably on …

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Caladiums Made For Shade, Offer Summer Color

Gardeners crave color in shady areas of their landscapes just as much as they do in sunny areas. Unfortunately, shade-loving plants generally are not so flamboyant, and the selection of colorful bedding plants for shady gardens is limited.     Thank goodness for caladiums. Even in fairly heavy shade they can be counted on to …

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Panhandle Watermelon Festival June 28th & 29th !

Come to Washington County Florida to celebrate the Watermelon at the 57th annual Watermelon Festival !   Watermelon harvest  in the central Florida Panhandle is actually a week or two late, but there will be plenty of melons at the Festival This slight delay in harvest is due to the near 100 degree temperatures and lack of …

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