Monthly Archive: August 2012

A Tropical Storm is Coming: Preparing for Wind, Rain, and Stress

Not more rain!  While much of the country endures staggering drought conditions, we in Florida have “enjoyed” one of the rainiest seasons in recent memory. According to the National Weather Service, Pensacola has now received just under 55 inches of rain, a nearly 30% increase from our typical 42 inches.   With Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on the Panhandle, …

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Mosquito Knowledge

The news is full of stories about West Nile Virus and everyone should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.  That means personal protection with repellents, proper clothing, emptying containers with water, and staying inside at dawn and dusk.  It does not mean blanketing landscapes with pesticides to try and kill adult mosquitoes. Mosquito management should be …

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I’m Home and I’m Starving!

Those are familiar words for most of us with kids.  Though they are not really starving, most children do need a little afternoon boost when they come home from school.  It may have been hours since lunch and dinner won’t be ready for a while.  A healthy snack is usually just the right answer. When …

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Reducing By-Catch in Crab Traps

Blue crab is one of the more popular seafood items along the northern Gulf coast; it’s certainly my favorite!  The traditional way of catching blue crab was using a simple line with meat attached to the end.  Traps made of metal and collapsing walls could be set on the bottom of the bay with bait …

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Controlling Weeds in Your Pond: Water Hyacinth

Northwest Florida can a pond owner’s paradise.  There is often enough rainfall to keep ponds relatively filled, catfish, bass, and brim are well adapted to the environmental conditions, and there is a long season to catch fish.  One of the biggest problems pond owners face is the constant struggle with pond vegetation.  Some pond vegetation …

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Cattle Prices and Corn

Every cattle producer is probably getting a little antsy with the rising price of corn futures and the lingering drought throughout much of the country. The already substantial loss of crops and up-tick in fuel prices, has many producers wondering if downsizing is the best option. The national cattle herd numbers are already lower than …

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