Monthly Archive: April 2017

Maintain Your Septic System to Save Money and Reduce Water Pollution

One third of homes in Florida rely on septic systems, or onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS), to treat and dispose of household wastewater, which includes wastewater from bathrooms, kitchen sinks and laundry machines. When properly maintained, septic systems can last 25-30 years, and maintenance costs are relatively low. A conventional residential septic tank …

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Look Who Is Enjoying the Beach This Spring… An Alligator!

I received a call the week before Earth Day to let me know that an alligator was laying on Pensacola Beach, on the Gulf side, near the gate to Ft. Pickens. This is certainly not something you see every day. Alligator basking on the Escambia River; photo: Molly O’Connnor Two questions came up… One, Is …

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Friday Feature: White Angus developed at the University of Florida

This week’s featured video highlights the White Angus breed of cattle being developed at the UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center, in Ona, Florida.  These are not purebred Angus, but a line of cattle that are approximately 3/4 blood Angus that have dark skin but light colored hair coat.  When White Angus cows are …

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Pregnancy Testing Cattle to Save Money

Two replacement heifers raised at the NFREC Marianna Beef Unit. If you could only pick one, which one would you want in your herd? The heifer on the right was heavier, longer, wider, and in better condition.   It is a trick question.  The one on the left was pregnant, and the one on the right …

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Nominate Bulls for the 2017 Florida Bull Test May 1 – June 15

Young bulls from across the Southeast will be evaluated for efficiency in the 2017 Florida Bull Test. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Nominations will be accepted for the 2017 Florida Bull Test from May 1through June 15, 2017. The Florida Bull Test is the only test in the southern United States that offers feed efficiency data …

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Where to Start with Marketing Fresh Produce?

Marketing fresh produce effectively is key to business sustainability. The local food movement has grown tremendously over the past several years. People have become more interested in how their food is produced and where it comes from. New farms have popped up to try to satisfy this demand. You might be one of these new …

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The How and Why of Preemergence Herbicide Incorporation for Row Crops

Peanut plots showing rows with and without Valor preemergence herbicide application. Credit: Jay Ferrell Preemergence herbicides are a powerful way to prevent weed infestations before they start.  In our current climate of glyphosate and ALS-resistant weeds, a good preemergence program is more valuable than ever.  However, method and timing of application dramatically impact the efficacy …

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May Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle developed a basic management calendar for cattle producers in the region.  The purpose of this calendar is to provide reminders for management techniques with similar timing to those used at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit, near Marianna, …

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Serving Special Needs Drives this Volunteer

“This group is inclusive, which gives both children with and without disabilities an opportunity to learn from each other.  Our hope is that our group will continue to grow and that through participating in our ASK group, individuals and families might gain the desire and/or confidence, to explore other 4-H groups that are geared toward …

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Am I living in a Floodplain?

Floods are a common concern in many areas of the U.S. Gulf coastal residents should be particularly aware. Floods may come in the form of flash floods, which come with little warning. Other flood conditions come on slower, as with large thunder storm fronts and tropical storms. With hurricane season not far away, it’s a …

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