Monthly Archive: September 2016

Are We Losing Our Natural History Skills?

Recently I attended a conference that included a series of talks at the University of Florida’s Whitney Marine Lab. One of the talks was presented by the director of the lab, Dr. Mark Martindale, who discussed the history and mission of the lab.  However, in that talk he made a comment that caught my attention. …

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Teaching Agriculture from the Ground Up

Youth learn about pollination and nutrition at the pumpkin station. The center grows several varieties to demonstrate the diversity of the plant family. What has 1600 eyes, 1600 legs, can be male or female, and has enough energy collectively to send a rocket to the moon? The 3rd – 5th graders that participate in the …

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Daylilies

‘Wild Wookie’ Daylily. Photo credit: Sally Menk, Florida Master Gardener. The daylily is a popular flowering perennial with East Asian origins which has adapted well to Florida landscapes. Plants are available in a wide variety of growth habits, flower shapes and colors, including yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, near-white and shades and combinations of all …

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Fall Turf Issues

St. Augustinegrass roots rotted due to take-all root rot. (Photo Credit: IFAS Photos) The crisp air of fall is upon us. Maybe. We live in northwest Florida and we are not experiencing the change in weather just yet. With the change in weather coming, we are having specific issues in turfgrass lawns and are sure to …

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Sod Webworms May Soon Be in a Yard Near You!

Tropical sod webworms (Herpetogramma phaeopteralis) have recently been encountered in a number of yards in the Panhandle. The worms usually feed in large groups and unfortunately, the first, and basically the only, sign of damage is often a large area of shorter grass due to their feeding. The arrival time of sod webworms is also …

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Friday Funny: Antique Tractor For Sale

Farm machinery classified adds are normally dull and boring, but do get the point across in just a few words.  Recently a farmer in the Panhandle came up with something really clever to generate income for his farm from an antique tractor restoration project that had never quite been completed. Antique Tractor For Sale John …

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Two Weeks Left to Register for the Fruit & Vegetable Conference – October 11

The Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference is just around the corner.  The conference will provide a great opportunity for networking and sharing practical farming knowledge that can help farmers from across the region. This event promises lots of learning opportunities for everyone, from prospective to experienced farmers, and from rural to urban settings. Come network …

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Income Tax Workshop for Farmers, Accountants, and Attorneys – October 3

  On October 3rd at the ALFA building in Robertsdale, AL the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is offering a workshop on income tax for agricultural operations from 6:00-8:30.  The ALFA building is located at 21332 Highway 59, Robertsdale, AL 36567. Topics will include the following: Schedule F—Profit or Loss from Farming How to report farming income and government payments: …

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Zika Virus and Mosquito Control – Recommendations for Beekeepers and Rural Landowners

Judy Biss, UF/IFAS Extension Calhoun County Office, Jace Ford, Calhoun County Mosquito Control, Jeff Pippin, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Apiary Inspection By now you have probably heard about Zika Virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes.  As a beekeeper, you may be concerned about the safety of your bees during pesticide treatments to …

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Jackson Cattlemen to Host Forage Variety Program October 4

Replacement heifers on cool-season forages; North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), Marianna – FL. Photo by Jose Dubeux on Dec. 6, 2013. Invitation to Cattle Producers The Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association invites cattle producers from the region to attend a sponsored hamburger dinner and educational program on New and Recommended Forage Varieties presented by …

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