Panhandle Agriculture

AgSave$ Workshop Series: Securing Your Farm’s Financial Future

Ken Barton is working to pass the family farming heritage on from generation to generation. Photo by Shepard Eubanks, UF/IFAS On February 23, 2015, 93 folks in the Agriculture Industry assembled to kick-off a new initiative, AgSave$ , to bring personal finance education such as estate planning, succession planning, and protecting assets, to farmers, ranchers …

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Factors that Affect Egg Production in Chickens

Proper nutrition that includes high protein and calcium levels for shell production is essential for laying hens. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Article by Hank Bignell, Escambia County 4-H Agriculture and Small Farms Agent Egg production is a normal part of chicken reproduction in healthy, young hens  There are many factors that can affect chicken egg …

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New Thrips-Transmitted Plant Viruses in Florida Crops

Figure 1. Tomato chlorotic spot virus symptoms on a young tomato plant. Photo Credit Joe Funderburk Joe Funderburk, North Florida REC, University of Florida, Quincy and Scott Adkins, USDA-ARS, Fort Pierce, FL Tospoviruses are a group of plant infecting viruses that cause economically significant crop losses worldwide. Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) is the original …

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Highlights and Presentations from the 2015 Beef Conference

A record crowd of over 160 people attended the 2015 Beef Conference held in Marianna.  Photo Credit Doug Mayo More than 160 cattle ranchers, allied industry representatives, extension agents and specialists came together to make the 30th annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference one of the best ever.  The boost in attendance from previous years was, …

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Dairy Winter Forage Field Day March 3

Triticale planted in October versus November in January. Photo credit: Doug Mayo If you raise winter forages and would like to learn more about varieties, especially those planted under pivot spraying manure effluent in addition to water, plan to come join us Tuesday, March 3.  The first stop of the tour will be at the …

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UF/IFAS Beekeeping Short-Course & Bee-Yard Field Day!

The UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team is pleased to once again offer a Beekeeping Short-Course in March, 2015. These classes will be offered via interactive video at Extension Offices across the Panhandle. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension Service (listed below) to register. Classes will be taught by Dr. Jamie Ellis and other state and …

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Why Produce Farmers Should be Concerned about Food Safety

Producers, processors, and distributors must adhere to federal guidelines and procedures to keep the food we eat clean and safe. Photo credit: Evan Anderson The United States has one of the safest food supplies in the world, and it’s no coincidence. A lot of work has been put into developing rules that producers, processors, and …

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Hairy Indigo Control in Peanuts

Hairy indigo can be a challenging legume weed to control in peanuts. Photo credit: Jay Ferrell B. Colvin, J. Ferrell, and R. Leon Hairy indigo (Indigofera hirsuta) is an annual legume that was introduced to Florida as a forage crop. It has since escaped cultivation where it can be a troublesome weed in some crop …

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Living Soils Foster Healthy Farms

Promote healthy soils to secure the health of the many fruits and vegetables your farm grows. For small-scale farmers relying on cover crops and compost to fulfill their garden’s nutritional needs, it is important to remember healthy soil requires “life.”  What is it that separates soil that can support fruit and vegetable production from soil …

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Are Grafted Vegetables for You?

Figure 1. Commercially produced grafted tomato plant. Photo by Josh Freeman If you’ve grown fruit trees your likely familiar with the process of grafting. Grafting is the physical combination of a scion, the top of the plant, with a rootstock, bottom of the plant, of two different varieties or even different plant species. This is …

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