Monthly Archive: June 2012

Perennial Peanut Field Day Gainesville, FL – July 21

The Perennial Peanut Producer’s Association and the University of Florida’s Agronomy Department will be hosting a Perennial Peanut Field Day on Saturday, July 21, at the UF/IFAS Beef Research Unit north of Gainesville, Florida.  The Field Day is free, but they do request pre-registration online:  PPA Field Day Registration , or by phone 850-838-3508, to ensure adequate …

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Making Short-term Investments in Efficiency in the Good Times

Florida agriculture has remained viable and strong through the current economic downturn. The widely held view of financial vigor may have some long-term effects on commodity prices. Negotiations are heating up in Washington D.C. on the 2012 Farm Bill and all indications are it will be very different from past enactments. Pressure is building for …

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Washington County Conditions Improve, Melon Harvest Underway

Recent rains have improve pasture conditions and forage potential. Rains this week have provided enough moisture for Washington County farmers to resume planting. A byproduct of the recent dry weather is weed control has been difficult for crops in some fields.  Herbicides are not as effective, if at all, when the targeted plant is not …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/06/08/washington-county-conditions-improve-melon-harvest-underway/

Honey Bee Hive Maintenance during the Summer Months

Hive maintenance must be top priority for beekeepers during the summer months. Summer is often the time when most panhandle beekeepers have harvested their prime honey crops (TiTi, Tupelo, Gallberry and in some years Palmetto).  If the beekeeper plans to reap a good honey harvest next year, hive maintenance must be top priority during the …

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Drought Continues in Jackson County

Data collected from UF/IFAS Marianna FAWN Station The chart above is a monthly weather summary from the UF/IFAS FAWN weather station located at the North Florida Research and Education Center. May 2012 was hot and dry, and added to the precipitation deficits of the past three years. The rain shortfall since January 2010 has increased …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/06/07/drought-continues-in-jackson-county/

Smallest US cattle inventory since 1952 means higher cattle prices.

Jackson County Extension Agent Doug Mayo discusses how the national drought has effected the U.S. cattle inventory and what it means for cattle prices on WTVY′s Focus on Agriculture TV Show.  The video does have a short comercial just before the interview. 5-29-12 Focus on Ag Interview. Chart provided by Southeast Cattle Advisor. Chart provided by …

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Identification and Management of Gummy Stem Blight in Cucurbits

BY ROB TRAWICK, JACKSON COUNTY HORTICULTURE AGENT With the unusually warm winter we experienced this year coupled with what was a warm and wet spring for most of us, there have been a lot of diseases showing up in numbers larger than what we are normally accustomed to here in Northwest Florida. One in particular …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/06/02/identification-and-management-of-gummy-stem-blight-in-cucurbits/

Leafspot/Rust in Bermudagrass Hayfields

I have observed bermudagrass leafspot/rust in several commercial hayfields of Russell Bermudagrass in Holmes County over the last few weeks.  Typically this is something that is observed later in the growing season during hot, humid weather.  Even though Russell is thought to have good resistance to leafspot sometimes resistant varieties can still be infected with …

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NFREC Sod-based Crop Rotation Field Day June 21

  Bahia, Peanut & Cotton rotation study at UF/IFAS NFREC Beef Unit. The UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center will be hosting a Sod-based Crop Rotation Field Day on Thursday, June 21 at the Beef Research Unit north of Marianna.  The tour will provide stops that focus on the benefits of a sod-based rotation …

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Groundpearls in Tifton 9 Bahiagrass Pasture

I recently visited  a farm that was experiencing significant stand loss in an 80 acre field of Tifton 9 Bahiagrass.  Upon closer examination the culprit was determined to be ground pearls, as seen in the photo at left.  This was the first time that this Extension Agent has ever verified ground pearls in a field …

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