Monthly Archive: March 2014

Deer Nutrition Now Can Pay Off in the Fall

  Deer grazing test plots at the NFREC in Quincy. Food plots can benefit deer year round, not just during hunting season.   To the chagrin of hunters across the panhandle deer season has drawn to a close. As the days lengthen and temperatures begin to climb, many of the area’s outdoorsmen (and women) shift …

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Aquatic and Natural Areas Pesticide Training and Exams

Pesticide Training and Exams being offered at the University of Florida IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office. March 31, 2014 8am-11am     Aquatic Pesticide Training 11am             Aquatic Exam 1pm-4pm       Natural Areas Training 4pm               Natural Areas Exam Cost is $ 10 for Aquatic Training and $ 10 for Natural Areas Training To receive a new Aquatic or Natural …

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March is an ideal time to consider wild birds

Spring is a dynamic time for wildlife. If you enjoy watching nature, now is a fantastic time to get outdoors to see some interesting activity. March is also one of the best times of year to do some active management on your property to enhance the habitat you provide for wildlife. Purple martins select nest …

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Warm Season Deer Nutrition Can Pay Off in the Fall

Deer grazing test plots at the NFREC in Quincy.  Food plots can  benefit deer year round, not just during hunting season. To the chagrin of hunters across the Panhandle, deer season has drawn to a close. As the days lengthen and temperatures begin to climb many of the area’s outdoorsmen (and women) shift their efforts to …

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Legume Mite in Crimson Clover

Crimson Clover field in Jackson Co. infested with legume mites. This season, clover has had some tough weather conditions to overcome, including heavy rains during planting time and lower temperatures which has reduced growth. However, at least one field of clover has experienced an exceptional amount of pressure from a very rare pest, the legume …

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Seminar to be Held on a New Crop for the Florida Panhandle: Olives

Join us on April 4th from 8 am to 1 pm at the University of Florida West Florida Research and Education Center in Jay (4253 Experiment Road, Jay FL 32565) to learn more about olive production in the Panhandle.  Guest speakers will include Michael O’Hara Garcia, President of the Florida Olive Council,  Don Mueller, Longtime Florida Olive Grower, …

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Soil Health and Cover Crop Group to Meet April 1

We know not to plant crotalaria now and the County Agent doesn’t wear a tie anymore, but Jefferson County and cover crops still go together.  Photo Credit: Estimated date of photo is 1920′s from the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/12 The first meeting of a Florida soil health/cover crop working group will be …

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Impact of Selection for Feed Efficiency of Heifers on Future Cow Performance

Cow and calf pairs in a feed efficiency study at the North Florida Research and Education Center Feed Efficiency Facility. Introduction In Florida, the predominant classes of cattle are females (replacement heifers, young and mature cows) that graze forages.  However, most feed efficiency research has focused on grain-fed, feedlot cattle, with little data collected on …

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Detecting and Controlling Varroa Mites in Honey Bees

A female varroa mite (Varroa destructor Anderson & Trueman) feeds on a worker bee. The mite is the oval, orange spot on the bee’s abdomen. Photograph by: James Castner, University of Florida. The varroa mite, Varroa destructor is the world’s most devastating pest of Western honey bees, Apis mellifera.  Although the varroa complex includes multiple …

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Invasive Species of the Day (March 8th): Tropical Soda Apple & Alligator Weed

            March 8th: Tropical Soda Apple (Solanum viarum) & Alligator Weed (Alternanthera philoxeroide) Tropical Soda Apple Photo Credit: Jeffrey Mullahey, UF, Bugwood.org Tropical Soda Apple: Florida ranchers know Tropical Soda Apple (TSA) as the “Plant from Hell”. The plant is a native of South America. It was first noticed in …

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