Tag Archive: Winter

Culling Older Cows from the Herd Before Winter

Research shows that 10 year old and older cows are much less likely to remain productive in the herd, so it is wise to sell them before health issues make them unmarketable.  Photo credit:  Oklahoma State University. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Cull cows represent approximately 20% of the gross income …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/14/culling-older-cows-from-the-herd-before-winter/

Winter Annual Forage Seed Costs: What is the Best Deal?

Even with significantly higher seed prices in 2017, ryegrass still provides excellent return on investment for winter grazing in the Southeast. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Source:  UGA Forage Extension Team Adam Speir, UGA Madison County Extension Director, and Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA State Forage Extension Specialist If you haven’t priced annual ryegrass seed yet, I’d …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/19/winter-annual-forage-seed-costs-what-is-the-best-deal/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/24/dairy-cattle-conceived-in-winter-perform-better/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/05/12/cowpea-curculio-outbreak-anticipated-after-mild-winter/

Man, It Has Been a Weird Winter

It was February 13, 2017 and the temperature was 74°F… 74!   It has been one strange winter.  The azaleas in my yard have already bloomed, friends of mine have seen butterflies already forming chrysalis, and I have already had to deal with mosquitos; all of this in February.  But, even as we talk about how …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/18/man-it-has-been-a-weird-winter/

West Florida Winter Forage and Wildlife Food Plot Tour – March 3

Photo Credit, UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension Choosing the Right Cool-season Forage Many different grasses, legumes, and forage blends are used for winter grazing and wildlife food plots. The livestock producer or wildlife enthusiast must choose forages that are best adapted to the soil and climatic conditions at his/her location. Cattle, horse, and small ruminant …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/18/west-florida-winter-forage-and-wildlife-food-plot-tour-march-3/

Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit

Arapaho blackberry has chill requirements that match those received in our area. Photo by Beth Bolles, UF IFAS Extension Many of us are enjoying warmer temperatures this winter, but many deciduous fruit crops really need cold temperatures in order to break dormancy for the year.  In areas that experience cold temperatures, plants have evolved the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/14/lack-of-winter-chill-a-problem-for-fruit/

Late Winter Citrus Management Considerations

Both niche market farmers and home gardeners may be uncertain about late winter management of Satsuma trees.  Several questions that have come in to the Extension Office recently include: Should I prune my trees? Why are the leaves yellow? How soon should I fertilize?  The focus of this article is to provide some answers to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/11/late-winter-citrus-management-considerations/

Warm Winter Influences Spring Bloom Times

  Photo caption: Local azaleas were prematurely blooming This winter’s exceptional weather has deceived some popular springtime ornamental shrubs and fruit trees into flowering prematurely. Azaleas, for example, began blooming because of winter temperatures mush warmer than average. There are number of variables which determine when a plant will bloom each year, including the sun, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/03/warm-winter-influences-spring-bloom-times/

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/

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