Monthly Archive: May 2017

Manatee Sightings in the Panhandle

On May 7, 2017 Marsha Stanton spotted a manatee swimming by her pier in Big Lagoon near Pensacola. I am sure this was an exciting moment and Marsha was interested in letting someone know so that the unusual encounter could be logged. Manatee swimming by a pier near Pensacola.Photo: Marsha Stanton There are four species …

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Friday Feature: Water Quality Affects Cattle Performance

This week’s featured video was developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service to explain the benefits of good quality water for livestock.  Alabama Water Resources Extension Specialist, Eve Brantley, discusses the best water practices to use in your cattle operation. Cattle consume 2 gallons of water per 100 pounds of body weight per day, so …

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What are the Requirements to Sell Eggs and Dressed Poultry from Florida Small Farms?

Pasture raised poultry. UF/IFAS Photo by Tom Wright. Many small farms have poultry as part of their operation to supply eggs and meat for their immediate and extended family.  With recent federal and state rule changes, however, it is now possible to sell both eggs and dressed poultry direct from the farm to consumers.  Eggs …

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Butterfly Gardening

Blue Morpho Butterfly feeding on banana. Photo: J_McConnell, UF/IFAS Have you been thinking about creating a butterfly garden but don’t know where to start? Afraid it’s too much upkeep or has to look wild and untamed? Red Admiral Butterfly. Photo: J_McConnell, UF/IFAS Spend a Saturday morning with the UF/IFAS Master Gardeners of Bay County to …

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Memorial Day

They answered the call and gave it their all. When we pause each year to remember, we are grateful!     Author: Dr. Pete Vergot – pvergot@ufl.edu District Extension Director for University of Florida IFAS Extension, Northwest District. His major assignments include County Operations of Extension programs for the 16 counties of the Florida Panhandle. …

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Cattlemen’s Prospective – Telling Your Good Story

Andy Andreasen, AAA Farms, Marianna was recognized in 2015 through Florida Farm Bureau’s County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) Award.  Photo: UF/IFAS Josh Wickham. An economic recession, decreased cattle numbers, and increased commodity prices are variables which have caused volatility in the cattle market over the past several years. Variables which have not changed …

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Reflections from Graduating Seniors: Alex Davis

Alex Davis is a graduating senior from Leon County 4-H Six years ago, Alex’s grandmother registered her to attend summer camp at Cherry Lake with Leon County 4-H and she hasn’t looked back since! Alex has become one of the shining stars of the Leon County 4-H program. She has held positions of Parliamentarian, Secretary, …

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My Tree Has Tumors

As oak trees are now fully leafing out and people start hanging out in the shade of the canopy, many of you are noticing strange growths on the branches. They look like potatoes, spiky cones and fuzz balls on the leaves and stems.  Don’t worry.  It’s just a harmless wasp that chose that tree to …

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Avoid Pitfalls in the Care of Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs

This time of year, people flock to nurseries and garden centers to purchase trees or shrubs that will enhance their landscapes. However, there are certain management measures to keep in mind to ensure plant establishment. Depending on the season, newly planted trees and shrubs need varying degrees of watering, mulching, pruning and trunk staking. Figure …

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Know How to Choose Florida-Friendly Plants

One of the main Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles is to plant the right plant in the right place. In Florida, not only does this apply to the zone you’re in, soils you have, and light conditions in your garden, but also ensuring that invasive, exotic plant species are not used. While most of us have heard …

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