Monthly Archive: February 2014

National Invasive Species Awareness Week March 1st-9th

National Invasive Species Awareness Week Considered one of the top six biodiversity hotspots in the country, Northwest Florida contains many unique upland, wetland, and marine habitats which house a variety of plants and animals. Invasive species are non-native or exotic species that do not naturally occur in an area and cause harm to the environment, …

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Florida Cattle ID Rule to be Enforced in April

Thomas J. Holt, D.V.M., State Veterinarian/Director, Division of Animal Industry, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services The Cattle Identification Rule(s) (Chapter 5C-31, Florida Administrative Code) has been published with an effective date of February 19, 2014.  These rules are intended to improve our ability to respond to serious disease outbreaks and to help the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/02/22/florida-cattle-id-rule-to-be-enforced-in-april/

UF/IFAS Strip Till Cotton Variety Test Results

Cotton growers must use every tool available to help make annual variety selection decisions. Photo by J. Ludlow Variety selection is one of the most important decisions a cotton grower will make, and continues to be a yearly struggle since the loss of “triple nickel” (DPL 555), a very popular and top performing variety. The …

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Beef Replacement Heifer Development Considerations

Heifer development at NFREC. Photo: N. DiLorenzo Nicolas DiLorenzo, State Beef Specialist, University of Florida NFREC Now that we have left behind a few years of severe droughts and hay shortages, there has been renewed talk about beef herd reconstruction in the U.S. fueled by a couple years of encouraging calf prices. A nationwide survey …

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It’s in Florida: Rose Rosette Virus, a Devastating Disease on Roses

Witches’ broom like appearance, abnormal red discoloration of shoots and foliage, excessive thorns, distorted leaves, and deformed buds and flowers are key symptoms for the devastating Rose Rosette Disease Roses are one of the most popular flowering shrubs in U.S. with a total wholesale value of 194 million U.S. Dollars. Among the major states in …

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AgroClimate Mobile Weather Data App

The AgroClimate Mobile app is an innovative way to help Florida growers make more informed decisions based on weather and climate information. Growers can check current weather conditions at FAWN weather stations and summarize observations during the last 7, 14 and 30 days including: Rainfall Mean air temperature Accumulated Growing Degree Days (GDD) Accumulated chill …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/02/21/agroclimate-mobile-weather-data-app/

Winter Weather – Just Right for Controling Unwanted Trees

As Floridians we often struggle to find any upside to these cold, gray days we’ve been experiencing past few months. As  “unfloridian” as our winters can be they pale in comparison to those endured by the more northern states. In fact, the last days of winter can be the ideal time of year in the …

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Aquaponics 101 Workshop February 27

Aquaponics is an exciting system where fish and plants grow in harmony.  The aquaponics system can be a fun project for the home gardener but can also become a successful farming venture.  Come and learn the basics of growing fish and plants together in an AQUAPONICS system. Date: February 27th Time: 8:00am-3.30pm Location: UF/IFAS West Florida Research …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/02/15/aquaponics-101-workshop-february-27/

Farm Bill Seminar for Peanut Farmers February 19

FARM BILL SEMINAR FEBRUARY 19, 2014 With the passing of the 2014 Farm Bill last week, the Florida and Alabama Peanut Producers Associations have scheduled a meeting to help growers better understand the new legislation affecting peanut farmers.  Dr. Stanley Fletcher, Director of the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness, and professor emeritus from the University …

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Top Reasons Cattle Vaccines Fail

There are several variables in the vaccination equation:  the people, the animals, and the vaccine.  All these variables work together to create immunity to diseases in our livestock.  With so many variables, things can sometimes go wrong and the animal fails to develop the desired immune response.  Put another way; the animal can get sick …

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