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Cotton Marketing News: Is This the Wake-Up Call We Have Been Expecting?

Many years ago, a young man didn’t take his schooling serious enough and ended up spending some time at lovely Fort Polk, Louisiana.  That young man was me and that was my wake-up call.  It forever changed my life. I believe the cotton market might be getting a wake-up call right now.  We’ve been hinting …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/05/13/cotton-marketing-news-is-this-the-wake-up-call-we-have-been-expecting/

Look Who Is Enjoying the Beach This Spring… An Alligator!

I received a call the week before Earth Day to let me know that an alligator was laying on Pensacola Beach, on the Gulf side, near the gate to Ft. Pickens. This is certainly not something you see every day. Alligator basking on the Escambia River; photo: Molly O’Connnor Two questions came up… One, Is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/04/29/look-who-is-enjoying-the-beach-this-spring-an-alligator/

Serving Special Needs Drives this Volunteer

“This group is inclusive, which gives both children with and without disabilities an opportunity to learn from each other.  Our hope is that our group will continue to grow and that through participating in our ASK group, individuals and families might gain the desire and/or confidence, to explore other 4-H groups that are geared toward …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/04/27/serving-special-needs-drives-this-volunteer/

Start Preparing Now for Whiteflies this Fall in Vegetable Crops

Metalized plasticulture may be a worthwhile investment this fall to disrupt high populations of whiteflies, aphids and thrips that built up from another mild winter.  Credit: Josh Freeman I realize that most vegetable producers have just settled into their spring crops, everything is well on its way, and you can put it on maintenance mode …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/04/21/start-preparing-now-for-whiteflies-this-fall-in-vegetable-crops/

Cool Season Forages – What Grew Well this Year

Washington County Milk Checkoff Cool-Season Forage Demonstration Plots. Photo: Mark Mauldin Every fall producers select which cool season forage varieties they want to utilize in their operations and by the following spring some are happy with the choices they made and others are not. In an effort to help producers make a more informed decision, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/24/cool-season-forages-what-grew-well-this-year/

Annual Bedding Plants This Time of Year?

Yes, even with cool weather setting in, much can be done on the flower gardening front. Let’s kickoff 2017 by being the envy of the neighborhood with flower beds that are rich and vibrant in color. Figure 1: Bedding Annuals.Credit: Sydney Park Brown, UF/IFAS. Annual bedding plants are plentiful in variety and come in an …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/11/annual-bedding-plants-this-time-of-year/

Check Serpentine Belts this Winter to Prevent Growing Season Breakdowns

Photo- Les Harrison Serpentine belts are a critical component in connection of the cooling system, air conditioning system, charging system, and engine. This belt, which snakes around the outside of the engine, serves a crucial role in functional operations of many types of motorized farm equipment.  The serpentine belt transmits power effectively and efficiently from …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/01/28/check-serpentine-belts-this-winter-to-prevent-growing-season-breakdowns/

What Plant is This?

Winter flowers and small leaves with serrated edges lead to identification as Camellia sasanqua. Photo: J_McConnell, UF/IFAS A common diagnostic service offered at your local UF/IFAS Extension office is plant identification. Whether you need a persistent weed identified so you can implement a management program or you need to identify an ornamental plant and get …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/01/18/what-plant-is-this/

Consider a Native Evergreen This Christmas

Throughout history the evergreen tree has been a symbol of life. “Not only green when summer’s here, but also when it’s cold and dreary” as the Christmas carol “O Tannenbaum” says.  While supporting the cut Christmas tree industry does create jobs and puts money into local economics, every few years consider adding to the urban …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/12/06/consider-a-native-evergreen-this-christmas/

Teaching Youth Citizenship this Election Season

4-H youth practices parliamentary procedure for club meetings. Photo Credit: UF IFAS Bay County Extension. No matter what your political beliefs, there’s one thing we can all agree on: We have been inundated with election coverage. In November 2016, a new president will be elected to serve a four-year term, so now is an ideal …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/03/teaching-youth-citizenship-this-election-season/

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