Monthly Archive: February 2017

NISAW 2017: It is Common and Abundant, but Torpedo Grass is Still a Problem

Torpedo grass. Photo credit: Rick O’Connor. They say the best time to attack an invasive species is early in its arrival. In the early stages is your best chance, using the most cost effective methods, of eradicating an invasive species from a region.  Hence our focus on Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) list.  That is …

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NISAW 2017: Cuban Anole

Cuban Anole. Photo credit: Dr. Steve A. Johnson, University of Florida The brown anole, a lizard native to Cuba and the Bahamas, first appeared in the Florida Keys in 1887. Since then it has moved northward becoming established in nearly every county in Florida. By hitching a ride on boats and cars, as well as, …

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NISAW 2017: National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Aliens are invading our forests, pastures, fields and lawns. Well, okay, not aliens but invasive species are invading our beautiful landscapes.  Invasive species are non-native or exotic species that do not naturally occur in an area, cause economic or environmental harm, or negatively impact human health.  These invasive species have become the number one threat to biodiversity …

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NISAW 2017: Micro-Invasives can Cause Big Problems – Bacterial Pathogens

Fruits on HLB infected trees ripen prematurely, are small, and often drop from tree. Photo credit: Erik Lovestrand If we look at the big picture when it comes to invasive species, some of the smallest organisms on the planet should pop right into focus. A microscopic bacterium named Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, the cause of Citrus …

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Keys to Growing Tomatoes in Florida

Florida farmers produce more fresh tomatoes than any other state. Yet Florida home gardeners find it difficult to grow tomatoes. By changing a few basic practices, home gardeners can increase their chances of success. My philosophy of growing tomatoes in Florida (mixed with science) is outlined below. First, I choose mostly determinate varieties that have …

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Friday Feature: Florida Ranchers Working Together to Supply Local Beef

A new cooperative, Florida Cattle Ranchers LLC is developing a branded beef program to supply Florida born and raised beef to Florida consumers.  Their slogan is “Rare Beef – Well Done.”  This week’s featured video highlights what this group of cattle producers is striving to accomplish. Florida Cattle Ranchers, LLC is pleased to present our …

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Save the Date! Basic Goat Production Workshop – July 13

Basic Goat Production Workshop If you are interested in learning more about goats for a 4-H Project with your kids, or your small herd for your farm, make plans now to attend a workshop on July 13, 2017 from 9:00 AM –  4:00 PM at the UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office. This training is open …

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2017 Beekeeping Workshop and Trade Show – April 21 & 22

A beekeeper handling a bee hive during a demonstration. Photo Credit: Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS. The UF/IFAS Publication “Keeping Bees in Florida,” reports “There are over 4,000 registered beekeepers in the state of Florida (as of June 2016). Nearly three quarters of these are considered “backyard” beekeepers (0–10 colonies), while the remaining quarter are “sideline commercial” …

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Dr. Cliff Lamb Accepts Position at Texas A&M University

Dr. Cliff Lamb at the NFREC in Marianna, FL Photo Credit: Nicola Oosthuizen This week marks the end of a very successful era at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, FL . Dr. Cliff Lamb, has received the honor of being selected to serve as the Department Head and Professor for the …

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Cotton Variety Selection Based on 2016 Variety Trial Results

Variety selection is one of the most important decisions a cotton grower makes each season. Choosing a variety based on yield potential, for a particular environment, is usually the first selection criteria. However, genetic performance relating to fiber quality and pest management traits, or technology packages are also major considerations. The selection process has become more …

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