Panhandle Agriculture

How Generic Base Could Be Treated with the Cottonseed Proposal for 2018

Jackson County cotton ready for harvest. Photo – Doug Mayo Don Shurley, UGA Emeritus Cotton Economist With the 2014 farm bill, cotton base on a farm became “Generic Base.”  If you’ll recall, cotton base on a farm was frozen (could not be increased or decreased), but all other types of base on a farm (base …

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Call 811 Before You Dig or Farm Near Buried Utility and Pipelines

Today, August 11 is “National 811 Day,” so it is only fitting to share an Ag-Safety reminder to “Call or Click Before You Dig.” There are pipelines and utility lines buried all over the place in rural areas.  In fact, there are more than 1,250 miles of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines that run through …

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New UF/IFAS Entomologist is Surveying Insect Pests in Panhandle Row Crops

Dr. Silvana Paula-Moraes (right) and her field technician Latisa Ledbetter-Kish (left). Silvana Paula-Moraes began working in the fall of 2016 at the  UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC) based in Jay, Florida. Originally from Brazil, Dr. Moraes completed her PhD in Nebraska.  Her research has been dedicated to address several aspects of Integrated …

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Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices for Crop Farmers

On August 10th, UF/IFAS Santa Rosa and Escambia County Extension hosted a field day covering moisture monitoring, cover crops, and best management practices at Mickey Diamond’s Farm.  Through a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Best Management Practice (BMP) mini-grant, UF/IFAS Extension, FDACS, and NRCS have been able to examine how cover crops …

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The Mobile Irrigation Lab Team: Helping Panhandle Farmers Lower Costs and Conserve Water

The Northwest Florida Mobile Irrigation Lab Team, from left to right: Mark Miles, Rex Patterson, and Robert Patterson The Northwest Florida Mobile Irrigation Lab Northwest Florida’s Mobile Irrigation Lab (MIL), run by Mark Miles, Rex Patterson, and Robert Patterson, is working hard to help farmers increase crop yields and lower costs through improved irrigation efficiency. …

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Summer Temperatures Shorten Gestation Length of Early Fall-calving Cows

Start checking early bred cows and heifers early this fall.  Research at Oklahoma State documents that hot summer temperatures shorten gestation by six days in early bred fall calving cows.  Photo: Matt Hersom Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Each year in August, it is time for an important reminder.  Fall-calving season …

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Friday Feature: Large Scale Lettuce Production on Muck Soil near Belle Glade

This week’s featured video was produced by Erin Freel to promote TKM Bengard Farms, Belle Glade.  This video highlights the four generations of the Basor family that produces 15 different types of lettuce and other produce in the rich, fertile muck soils just north of the Everglades.  This video highlights large scale vegetable production with …

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August 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 Unit, near Marianna, Florida.  …

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2017 NFREC Beef & Forage Day – September 15

Friday, September 15, 2017 UF/IFAS NFREC Beef Research Unit (One mile west of Greenwood, FL on Hwy 162) Cattle producers are invited to visit the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, near Marianna, for a Beef and Forage Field Day to be held at the beef Research Unit on Friday, September 15.  The festivities …

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July Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

The August 2017 Feeder Cattle futures contract increased by $ 0.08/cwt. during July. Based on this futures price increase, August Feeder Cattle revenues increased by approximately $ 0.60/head ($ 0.08/cwt. * 7.5 cwt.) on a 750-pound feeder steer which amounts to $ 40.00/truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract high, contract low, and …

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