Panhandle Agriculture

Friday Feature: Tumblewheel Rolling Electric Fence

Source: Gallagher Fencing Last week we kicked off National Forage Week with a promotional video, so it seemed only fitting to end the celebration with an innovation for grazing management.  Intensive mob grazing, or strip grazing of annual pastures requires a good deal of time and management, if you have to continuously move fences to …

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Dairy Cattle Conceived in Winter Perform Better

Albert De Vries, UF/IFAS Animal Science assistant professor, checks dairy cattle at UF’s Dairy Research Unit in Hague, FL. Source: UF/IFAS Archives Brad Buck, University of Florida/IFAS Communications Service Cows and humans have something in common: If you take better care of the mother during pregnancy, her children are likely to be healthier – and …

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Gulf Coast Crop Protection Tour July 6

Gulf Coast Crop Protection Tour Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center 8300 AL Hwy 104, Fairhope, AL 36532 Registration begins at 7:15 AM Central. Tour begins at 7:45 AM. Topics will include auxin herbicide usage, pigweed control in cotton and peanut, southern corn rust, target spot and cotton insect management, as well as cotton and …

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Apply for the Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program through July 31

The Southern Pine Beetle Florida Township Hazard Rating Map is based on a model developed by the USDA Forest Service. The model computes hazard scores based on input variables that estimate the density and basal area of the most susceptible host pine species (e.g., loblolly and shortleaf pine) and soil drainage characteristics. Each township score …

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Rain Keeping You from Applying Gypsum to Your Peanuts this Year?

Soil calcium in the pegging zone of peanuts can be increased by adding gypsum at early bloom without raising soil pH. Credit: Glenn Harris Area farmers have had numerous challenges to deal with already in this growing season.  With so much rain over the past two weeks, many farmers have had their production schedule wrecked.  …

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Time to Start Planning for Heifer Development

Fig. 1. Heifer development at the NFREC Feed Efficiency Facility Credit: Nicolas DiLorenzo Nicolas DiLorenzo, State Beef Specialist, University of Florida NFREC Even in this current, somewhat depressed, cattle market, replacement females for the Florida commercial cow herd are an annual expense of approximately $ 400 million.  Development and selection of the best females to …

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Cogongrass Spreading in the Panhandle

A recent increase in the spread of cogongrass has landowners scrambling to find ways to stop this invasive plant. There are ways to combat cogongrass, with positive identification and persistent treatment being paramount. Figure 1: From left to right, Cogongrass Infestation, Uneven Mid-Rib, and “Toothpick” Root. Credit: Ray Bodrey, UF/IFAS Gulf County Extension Cogongrass (Imperata …

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Friday Feature: Celebrate National Forage Week June 18-24

National Forage Week is Sunday June 18 through Saturday June 24, 2017.  This week’s featured video, produced by the American Forage and Grassland Council, highlights some of the positive impacts of forage production in the U.S.  If you are a forage producer, please share this video using your social media accounts to promote the positive …

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Is the Old Refrigerator at Your Cowpens or Barn Reducing the Effectiveness of Your Vaccines?

Gant Mourer, Beef Value Enhancement Specialist Oklahoma State University Respiratory disease in cattle, also known as BRD, shipping fever or pneumonia may cost the U.S. cattle industry over $ 2 billion annually (Powell 2013). Management techniques can offset much of this cost, and having a good vaccination program can maintain the health of a calf …

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Cotton Marketing News: June Report Sends Mixed Signals

Don Shurley, Cotton Economist, UGA Emeritus Professor Last week’s USDA monthly crop production and supply and demand estimates contained some good news and some bad news.  Overall, I’d have to consider the report somewhat bearish. The market (new crop December futures prices) has been in a “downward-sideways” mode since mid-May and has been locked in …

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