Panhandle Agriculture

Friday Feature: The Domestication of Fruits and Vegetables

This week’s featured video shares the unique history of domestication of five familiar fruits and vegetables.  The video produced by Business Insider shows how farmers and scientists have been modifying genes for thousands of years through natural breeding and selection.  The video highlights the domestication of watermelon, banana, eggplant, carrot, and corn.  It is surprising …

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Cotton Marketing News: October Numbers Were Not As Expected but Prices Hold

Don Shurley, UGA Emeritus Cotton Economist Last week, I visited an “apple house” in north Georgia.  On this day, there were 3 or 4 bus loads of kids there also—touring the orchards, petting animals, and eating all sorts of yummy stuff.  In the store, you could buy apples by type already bagged for you, or …

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Jackson County Certified Pile Burner Course Rescheduled for November 14

The Florida Forest Service (FFS) and UF/IFAS Extension Jackson County have rescheduled the Certified Pile Burners Course for Tuesday, November 14 in Marianna, FL.  (This course is also being offered in other areas of the state.  Check the website for the closest training to your location:  FFS Training Scheudule).   This training will be held from …

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La Niña Watch issued by the Climate Prediction Center

Probabilities chart for the different ENSO phases in the coming months. The blue bars represent the probability of La Niña with the highest probability (over 66%) from November through February. Source: International Research Institute   Clyde Fraisse, AgroClimate Project Director While ENSO-Neutral conditions are still present in the Pacific Ocean, a La Niña Watch was …

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Evaluation of Feet & Legs Important for Cattle Longevity

Routine evaluation of the health status of cattle is important to ensure that your animals are comfortable and productive. Visual appraisal of body condition scores (BCS), fly stress, and signs & symptoms of sickness are easily observed as you walk through pastures or move cattle through your working facilities on a regular basis. There is …

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Rose Crown Gall Becoming More Prevalent in Florida

Crown gall symptoms on roses caused by the bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens (Rhizobium radiobacter) – Photo credit: Kamil Duman Kamil Duman, Susannah Wright, Fanny Iriarte, Barron Riddle, Gary Knox and Mathews Paret, University of Florida – NFREC, Quincy, FL For rose producers, and commercial landscapers, each of the many rose diseases are as important as the …

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Florida Agricultural Damages due to Hurricane Irma Estimated $2.5 Billion

Citrus trees in Hendry County destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Credit: Gene McAvoy Source:  Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced on October 4, 2017 that the preliminary agricultural damages caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida total more than $ 2.5 billion. In an initial report released today, …

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Friday Funny: The Chicken Cannon

It has been 10 months since we shared a Friday Funny, due to a lack of good material.  Special thanks to Ed Jowers, Emeritus Jackson County Extension Director for sending this funny story to share: Photo Credit: Scott Sommerdorf The Chicken Cannon Scientists at NASA built a special cannon to launch standard 6-pound, whole dead …

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Friday Feature: Farmers for America Trailer

This week’s featured video is actually the movie trailer for a new documentary called Farmers for America.  This video provides brief highlights of the issues that will be addressed in the documentary film that will be making its way across America over the coming months.  The film will debut at the Indianapolis City Market on …

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Culling Older Cows from the Herd Before Winter

Research shows that 10 year old and older cows are much less likely to remain productive in the herd, so it is wise to sell them before health issues make them unmarketable.  Photo credit:  Oklahoma State University. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Cull cows represent approximately 20% of the gross income …

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