Panhandle Agriculture

UGA Pasture Insect Alert

Bermudagrass Stem Maggot While doing plot work at the Sunbelt Ag Expo late this week, Dr. Lisa Baxter (a post-doc in our program hired to assist with our stem maggot research) and I observed bermudagrass stem maggot pressure in our bermudagrass stands there. Alicia, Coastal, Russell, Tifton 44, and common bermudagrass had all suffered more than 20% …

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Tips for Successful Pond Weed Management

Weeds can transform a pond from a source of enjoyment to a source of frustration. Utilizing a logical, systematic approach to aquatic weed management can greatly increase your likelihood of success.  UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones. Every year as the temperatures get warmer the number of calls that relate to weed problems in fish ponds …

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Corn Disease Management: When to Apply a Fungicide?

Southern Rust in field corn at the UF/IFAS Plant Research Center, Citra. Photo: Nick Dufualt. By Nicholas Dufault and Maria C. Velez-Climent, UF/IFAS Plant Pathology Department Recently, southern corn rust (Puccinia polysora) (Figure 1) was identified in Seminole County, Georgia and southern Alabama. Our current rainfall trends have many wondering if it would be beneficial …

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Friday Feature: The Life of a Crop Duster

Growing America has started a nice feature for their weekly newsletter readers of sharing farm stories though videos.  This week’s featured video highlights the story of Scott Tennant, Colquitt, GA, who is an agricultural pilot, more commonly known as a crop duster.  Crop dusters provide a valuable service to farmers in this region, because they …

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Southwest Alabama Stored Grain Workshop – July 18

Grain farmers should make plans to attend the Southwest Alabama Stored Grains Workshop that will be held July 18, 2017 at Shelly Farms in Atmore, Alabama.  This will be a hands on workshop on grain drying, automated bin management systems, and stored grain integrated pest management (IPM). Registration is free, but please PRE-REGISTER by contacting Kim Wilkins, …

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May 2017 Weather Summary & June Outlook

Source: National Weather Service May rainfall brought welcomed drought relief to much of the Florida Panhandle.  The National Weather Service estimates for May rainfall across the Florida Panhandle ranged from 3-10″, with most of the region in the 4-8″ range.  Only the coastal portion of Franklin County had less than 3″, while portions of Escambia, …

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Soil Moisture Sensor Workshop – June 21

The Jackson County Extension Office will host a soil moisture sensor workshop on June 21, 2017. The address is 2741 Penn Ave, Marianna FL 32448. The workshop will feature both indoor and outdoor components where participants will learn about three types of soil moisture sensors that can be valuable tools to improve irrigation efficiency: Sentek …

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June Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle worked to develop a basic management calendar for cattle producers.  The purpose of this calendar is to provide reminders for management techniques with similar timing to those used at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Research Unit, Marianna, Florida.  …

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Late-summer Legume Cover Crops behind Corn

Nitrogen credits from late summer cover crops at the Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, FL 2016. Photo: Arun Jani Arun Jani, and Michael Mulvaney, UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center Integrating summer cover crops into rotations Corn harvest is around the corner.  What will you do with the land after harvest?  …

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Cassava – A Crop for the Back Forty

Cassava, also called yuca (not to be confused whit the ornamental plant Yucca), tapioca, or manioc in other regions of the world, is a tropical root crop native to South America.  Cassava belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family, which is known for plants with milky sap and includes plants like poinsettias and spurge.  The cassava root is …

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