Panhandle Agriculture

Deep South Stocker Conference August 6-7

The seventh annual Deep South Stocker Conference is headed to Alabama.  This year’s conference will be held August 6-7, 2015 in Montgomery, Alabama.  This conference is a joint effort between the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Mississippi State University Extension Service, and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. This year’s conference will begin with a …

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What You Need To Know About Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

Protect your poultry by learning the signs of avian influenza (bird flu) and what to do if you suspect infection from this virus. Photo credit: Doug Mayo You may have heard about avian Influenza, otherwise known as “bird flu” in the news over the past few years. Bird flu is a virus, and is in …

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Pregnancy Diagnosis Options for Beef Cattle Producers

Figure 1. Picture depicting the correct location for collection of blood samples from the tail vein. Photo by Doug Mayo Generally, beef herd pregnancy rates after a 60–120-day breeding season tend to range from 80 to 94 percent. Pregnancy diagnosis identifies the 6–20 percent of open cows in the herd so they can be culled …

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Check Quality of Late Season Ryegrass Hay

This was a good spring for annual forages like ryegrass. This cow grazing in Washington County had an impressive supply of forage awaiting her in the next paddock over.Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin It is widely recognized that cool season annuals, like ryegrass, are the highest quality forages we produce here in NW Florida. Even though …

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Southern Pine Beetle Assistance Program Now Accepting Applications

Pitch tubes of the southern pine beetle (SPB), Dendroctonus frontalis Zimmermann, on outer bark. Photograph by James. R. Meeker, FDACS, Division of Forestry. Image inset is the southern pine beetle, Photograph by David T. Almquist, University of Florida. Applications From Private Forest Landowners Will Be Accepted June 6-July 18 Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. …

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Enhancing Sustainability Options for Farmers

Enhancing Sustainability Options for Farmers Article by Margaret Lawrence, News Unit Manager, Alabama Cooperative Extension Weather is one of farming’s greatest challenges. But Dr. Brenda Ortiz, a corn and grain crops specialist with Alabama Extension, says farmers’ abilities to manage production risks like drought or heavy rains are improving. “Many of the farmers who are leading …

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Increasing Income from Calves Sold at your Local Livestock Market

There are a number of techniques to increase the values of calves sold at weaning. Photo credit: Doug Mayo While cattle producers have always worked hard to minimize input costs of their operation, there are also management practices that can increase the income from calves sold at your local livestock market. The weight and quality …

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A New Website For Selecting Plants to Enhance Ecosystem Services

Sunflowers are important sources of pollen, nectar, and alternative food for pollinators, beneficial insects, butterflies, and wildlife. Make sure your cultivar has pollen as some do not. Photo by Russ Mizell In a previous Panhandle Ag-e Newsletter article (Tools for Trapping Pests and Attracting Beneficial Insects), I described some new multifunctional tactics to monitor pests …

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The Diamondback Moth: A Major Pest of Cole Crops

Adult diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus). Credit: Lyle Buss, University of Florida Matt Lollar, Jackson County Horticulture Agent Diamondback moths were recently discovered in a greenhouse crop of arugula in Jackson County, and they may soon be moving to a field near you.  Diamondback moths can be detrimental to cole crops. Adults are approximately ¼ …

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Principles of Pasture Productivity Seminar Series

Everyone who has grazing livestock needs to understand the fundamental principles of forage production. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Making the grass grow is not as simple or easy as many of us would like it to be. Even so, it is essential to successful livestock operations. Anyone who has grazing livestock needs to understand the …

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