Monthly Archive: May 2013

New Small Farm Poultry and Egg Regulations Coming

Regulation changes are close which will make it more economically feasible for small poultry producers to sell poultry and eggs A public hearing relative to Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operations, Chapter 5K-4 of the Florida Administrative Code was held Friday, May 24, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. Public comment was taken on the proposed rule …

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Soybean Kudzu Bug Control

Kudzu Bugs were found feeding on early planted soybean plots this week in Jackson County. Credit: Doug Mayo Three Kudzu Bug (Megacopta cribraria) infestations have been identified in Jackson County this year, and this week was the first case found on soybean. The insects were spotted in the very early planted soybean plots (late February) which are used …

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Early Season Peanut Weed Control

Peanut planted 3 weeks ago on a dry-land field in Jackson County. Credit: Josh Thompson The weather in May has been hot and dry across the panhandle. A hot, dry May combined with late cold fronts in April has proven to be a challenge for peanut growers trying to get their crop planted. Many have had …

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New Ways to Receive News From Volunteering in the Panhandle

  Volunteering in the Panhandle is a publication for 4-H volunteers and is provided by 4-H Extension Agents in Northwest Florida. The team of 4-H Extension Agents in the Northwest District of Florida are very excited to be launching our Volunteering in the Panhandle Facebook page and Twitter feed.  Please like us, follow us, or …

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Don’t Blame Pests for Dry Lawn

  When Northwest Florida goes through a dry period in spring or summer, many gardeners wonder about some mysterious pest that’s playing havoc in their lawns. Without realizing it, the gardener is observing dry spots which they are mistaking for a lawn pest. These dry spots are the result of imperfections in an irrigation system. They’re revealed during times of inadequate rain. During times …

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Fruit Frenzy

Fruit – sweet, refreshing, and good for you! As the days get warmer, bring on the cool refreshment of fruit.  Now is the time to delight in fruit’s tasty, healthy goodness. Reduce Risk and Protect A healthy diet that is rich in fruits may reduce risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity, and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/05/28/fruit-frenzy/

Some Corn is off to a Slow Start

You can see variability across the field. Lingering cool springtime temperatures have been a pleasure for farmers and fieldworkers, but some local corn fields have not fared as well. Below are a few photos from an irrigated field in the western panhandle which had as much attention a corn field could get. The producer based …

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Peanut Proud Oklahoma Tornado Victim Relief

  Peanut Proud, the humanitarian arm of the Peanut Industry, is mobilizing a joint effort to help families in Oklahoma who have suffered from the devastating tornadoes.  For this cause, the Florida Peanut Producers Association has donated $ 3,500, and the Georgia Peanut Commission has donated $ 5,000 towards this effort.   On Friday, May …

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Certified Pile Burner Course July 24

          Certified Pile Burner’s Course July 24, 2013 – 8:30-4:30 Central Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center 2741 Pennsylvania Ave, Marianna, FL 32448   The Florida Forest Service (FFS) and UF/IFAS Extension will be conducting a Certified Pile Burners Course on 24th of July, 2013.  This course will show you how to …

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Caterpillars Are Eating Well In Wakulla County

Whitemarked Tussock Moth caterpillars are one of may caterpillars now emerging in Wakulla County. All are hungery and ready to eat. Late May has seen the emergence of many caterpillars in Wakulla County.  All are chewing on leaves with wild abandon.  The following are some of the species making an appearance: Light populations of Whitemarked …

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