Panhandle Agriculture

Alabama Poultry Flocks Test Positive for Avian Influenza

Poultry owners should be aware that avian influenza has been confirmed in Alabama carried in by migratory water fowl. Source:  Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Alabama State Veterinarian, Dr. Tony Frazier, confirmed that a flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation located in Pickens County, and a …

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Friday Feature: Destructive Wildfires in the Plains

Angus cow killed in Kansas wildfire at Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland, KS. Source Lindsey Bauman, Kansas Agland. On Monday March 6, unique weather conditions including a passing cold front, high winds, and low humidity fueled raging wildfires from Texas to Colorado that burned over 1 million acres.  In the wake of these extremely fast moving …

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Historically Low Florida Citrus Production Forecast

Oranges on trees in a grove at the Citrus Research and Education Center. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam released the following statement on March 9, 2017 after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2016-2017 season, which is down four-percent from the February forecast: “Although not unexpected, today’s …

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Cotton Marketing News: New Crop Strength and Outlook

Don Shurley, Cotton Economist, UGA Professor Emeritus Eighty cent fever is running rampant.  New crop December 17 futures have made a great run and the uptrend is strong.  Support seems to be firm.  New crop cotton has gained almost a nickel since the first of the year.  Currently, old crop May 17 futures are at …

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Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App

On February 20, 2017 Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service announced the release of “FLBurnTools,” a new mobile app to inform the public about drought, wildfire danger and wildfire activity. Prescribed burn practitioners can also use the app to plan and submit authorization requests. The “FLBurnTools” app is now …

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Maximizing Cotton Profits With Poultry Litter

ARS agronomist Haile Tewolde inspects cotton fertilized with chicken litter near Coffeeville, Mississippi. Photo by John Brooks. Dennis O’Brien, USDA ARS Office of Communications A USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) agronomist in Mississippi has found a way to help cotton growers in the Southeast maximize profits when they use poultry litter as fertilizer. The practice …

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BMAPs, BMPs and the New Florida Water Bill

Nitrates are the primary pollutant being addressed by the Jackson Blue Spring/Merritt’s Mill Pond BMAP.  This BMAP identifies nitrogen fertilizer used in agriculture as the primary source of nitrates in the Jackson Blue Springs Basin. Photo credit: Doug Mayo The 2016 Florida Water Bill is changing things on the water horizon, and this affects everyone …

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Friday Feature: Cordless Fence Staple Gun

This week’s featured video is a really cool innovation for building or repairing fences, a cordless fence staple gun made by the STOCKade Company in New Zealand.  Anyone who has ever built or repaired farm fences will want one of these tools.  Unfortunately, the cordless model costs $ 1,379, but even so it is a …

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2017 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course Presentations and Highlights

Click to view slideshow. The annual Panhandle Row Crop Short Course was hosted by Jackson County Extension on Thursday, March 2, 2017.  Extension Specialists from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama spoke to attendees providing production recommendations and various management tips for row crops farmers. Continuing education units (CEUs) were offered at the event for those with a restricted …

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2017 Carinata Summit March 29-31

A field of carinata growing at the UF/IFAS Quincy Research Station. Photo Credit: David Wright, UF/IFAS Brassica Carinata Summit March 29-31, 2017 North Florida Research and Education Center – Quincy Florida 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351 This three-day conference will focus on the latest research on varieties, pest management, and production of carinata, an …

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