Panhandle Agriculture

Tri-State Agronomic Scout School June 8

Southern Green Stink Bug nymph on soybean. Photo by Ethan Carter. The Jackson County Extension Office in collaboration with specialists from Auburn University and the University of Georgia will host a Tri-State Agronomic Scout School on June 8, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Jackson County Agricultural Conference Center (2741 Penn Ave, Marianna, …

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Great Florida Cattle Drive Film Screening May 18

Chipola College in Marianna, Florida will host a movie screening of the PBS documentary film, “The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles,” Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m., at their Dr. Gene Prough Center for the Arts (3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446).  This film captures highlights from the Great Florida Cattle Drive that took …

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Low Oxygen Fish Kills in Managed Ponds

Sunny Pond. Credit: Evan Anderson Fishermen aren’t the only people concerned with keeping ponds healthy, because fish can serve purposes other than adorning the dinner table. Some are kept as pets, and others serve to keep ponds free of aquatic weeds that might take over. Regardless of their purpose, sometimes things go wrong with fishponds. …

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Ecosystem Services provided by Grass-Legume Pastures

Jose Dubeux, Liza Garcia, David Jaramillo, Erick Santos, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center You might not be familiar with the term “Ecosystem Services,” but putting it simply, these are the benefits obtained from ecosystems (interactions between living organisms in a particular environment). These services benefit both people and the environment. Ecosystem services (ES) …

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Cowpea Curculio Outbreak Anticipated after Mild Winter

Peas are a staple food throughout the South.  Whether you prefer southern peas, cowpeas, or blackeye peas, they are all under threat from the cowpea curculio, also known locally as pea weevils.  With the mild winter this year, growers can anticipate that cowpea curculios may show up much earlier in the season, with a much …

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Friday Feature: Cindale Dairy & Creamery

This week’s featured video was produced by Florida Dairy Farmers to highlight a local dairy farm in Jackson County.  Brad and Meghan Austin of Cindale Farms are continuing the family dairy farming tradition. Instead of simply expanding the farm to include the next generation, they diversified in a unique way. Their family works hard both on …

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Pond Weed Management Workshop June 8th

Weeds can transform a pond from a source of enjoyment to a source of frustration. A workshop on June 8 will help enable pond owners to more effectively battle unwanted weeds.  UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones. A pond can be a source of great enjoyment or great frustration for a landowner. Excessive growth of aquatic …

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April Weather Summary & May Outlook

National Weather Service estimates for April 2017 rainfall across the Florida Panhandle. April was another dry month for much of the Florida Panhandle.  There were streaks of red where heavy bands of rain came ashore and dropped 5-10″, but much of the region that is shaded beige or tan received less than 5″ of rain …

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2016 Cotton Nematicide Trial Results

Plant-parasitic nematodes can drastically suppress cotton yield, often without noticeable above-ground symptoms.  For this reason, nematode management is an important part of a successful operation.  Nematicides, pesticides that target nematodes, can be a useful component of a nematode management program, particularly when nematode pressure is high. In 2016, my first field season in Florida, I …

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Natural Service Synchronization for the Cow Herd

Photo Credit Kalyn Waters The benefits of estrous synchronization to enhance artificial insemination (AI) are well established in the beef industry, however, in the United States, 94.2% of the cows are bred by natural service (bull breeding).  Estrous synchronization can also be a useful tool for natural service to get more calves born early in …

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