Panhandle Agriculture

Friday Feature: Portable Chainsaw Sawmill

This week’s feature video highlights a handy innovation for farmers and ranchers.  A tool that allows you to uses your ladder and chainsaw as a portable sawmill.  Norwood Sawmills makes the PortaMill that landowners can use to convert logs into valuable lumber for less than $ 1,000.  With the PortaMill, you use your chainsaw as …

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Converting from Pines to Pastures? Control Weeds before Planting

Converting timberlands to pasture releases weed seeds that often have been dormant for years.  In Walton County, bracken fern emerged in a newly established bahia pasture. Credit: Mike Goodchild With the continued expansion of beef cattle in our area, pasture and hay land is becoming scarce for new producers, and others interested in expanding their …

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Start Preparing Now for Whiteflies this Fall in Vegetable Crops

Metalized plasticulture may be a worthwhile investment this fall to disrupt high populations of whiteflies, aphids and thrips that built up from another mild winter.  Credit: Josh Freeman I realize that most vegetable producers have just settled into their spring crops, everything is well on its way, and you can put it on maintenance mode …

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Farms are Dangerous Places for Kids to Work and Play

Tractors are responsible for 41% of fatal accidents for kids under the age of 15 on farms, yet 4 out of 5 kids raised on farms regularly ride on tractors with family members. Source: Childhood Agricultural Safety Network. There are approximately two million farms in the U.S. There are also approximately 900,000 kids who live …

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Friday Feature: Remote Control Boat for Pond Herbicide Application

This week’s featured video highlights an innovation for managing pond weeds.  Lake Restoration Incorporated has developed a remote control, miniature air-boat for applying pond herbicides.  Spraying weeds can be a real challenge for pond owners, but this product could make aquatic herbicide application fun.  The TORMADA application boat will hold one gallon of concentrated chelated …

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March Weather Summary & Planting Season Outlook

National Weather Service March 2017 rainfall estimates for the Florida Panhandle. Rainfall The National Weather Service rainfall estimates ranged from as little as 0.5″ to 4″ across the Florida Panhandle in March 2017.  The western counties had higher totals with 3-4″ in the tan sections, and 2-3″ in the yellow.  The eastern counties ranged from …

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Forest Stewardship Workshop : Sell Your Timber for What it’s Worth – May 25

May 25, 2017 9:00 am– 2:00 pm ET UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL,32351 Join us to learn the necessary steps to get the best return on your timber investment and meet your forest management objectives. This workshop will cover local timber markets, the guidelines timberland owners should follow …

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March Cattle Market Price Watch

The August 2017 Feeder Cattle futures contract increased by $ 8.32/cwt. during March. Based on this futures price increase, August Feeder Cattle revenues increased by approximately $ 62.40/head ($ 8.32/cwt. * 7.5 cwt.) on a 750-pound feeder steer which amounts to $ 4,160.00/truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract high, contract low, and …

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Oriental Bean Thrips: A Potential Threat to Florida Bean Crops

Joe Funderburk, NFREC-UF/IFAS, Professor of Entomology Megalurothrips is an Old World genus of thrips associated with the flowers of legumes (Fabaceae), with one species in Africa and twelve species in Asia. The Oriental bean thrips, Megalurothrips distalis, was first collected in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee in 2008. This is a large black …

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Private/Core Pesticide Applicator Training – April 28th

Are you in need of CEUs for renewal of your restricted use pesticide license? If you do not have a license, are you interested in obtaining one? The UF/IFAS Extension Calhoun County office will be offering restricted use pesticide applicator training on April 28th in two separate sessions to accommodate the varying needs of participants.  …

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