Panhandle Agriculture

Consumers Experience Rise In Food Cost

Meat and eggs lead the rise in food cost nationally. Meat and egg prices are the leading cause of rising food cost in 2015, according the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics news release of June, 22, 2015. The Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged from May 2014 to …

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Florida’s Rangeland and the Environment: A Natural Partnership

Woodlands and rangelands are important to both agriculture and the environment. Photo by Judy Ludlow Most of us living in panhandle Florida recognize that our farmers and ranchers are committed to sustainable production of food, fiber, and fuel for generations to come, but how will farmers continue to be productive while sharing natural resources with …

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Evaluation of Thrip Resistance to Neonicotinoid Insecticides

Figure 1. Tobacco thrips injury to seedling peanuts.  Joe Funderburk, Danielle Sprague, and Mrittunjai Srivistava, North Florida REC. Quincy, Florida Monitoring to evaluate continued susceptibility of pests to pesticides is an important part of any pest management program. Thrips are known for their ability to develop resistance to insecticides. The western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis, …

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Heat Stress Management for Dairy Cattle

Sigafoose Dairy Farm in Escambia County. Photo Credit: Hank Bignell All livestock are susceptible to heat stress, especially during periods of high humidity such as we are currently experiencing.  Cattle are at particular risk of overheating due to the production of internal heat from fermentation in the rumen (figure 2).  Dairy Farmers especially need to …

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2015 Corn Field Day: Friday July 24th

UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center will hold the 2015 Field Corn Field Day on Friday, July 24th from 10-noon.  This year, topics will include the Corn Variety Trial and Demonstration, Environmentally Smart Nitrogen (ESN) and urea blends, and Fertilizer Application Timing for corn production.  Come see how varieties from Dyna Gro, Monsanto-Dekalb, Croplan, Syngenta, Pioneer, Terral, and Augusta …

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Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Contact with Live Poultry

There is always a Salmonella infection risk associated with handling poultry.  Avoid droppings and carefully wash hands after handling to greatly reduce the risk.Photo Credit: iStockphoto There are currently four multi-state outbreaks of human Salmonella infections associated with contacting live poultry being investigated by the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health …

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Season’s First Incidence of Cotton Corynespora Target Spot Confirmed in Santa Rosa County

Fig1: Target spot on cotton. This season’s first incidence of Corynespora target spot in cotton has been confirmed in Santa Rosa County. By: Dr. Michael J. Mulvaney (Cropping Systems Specialist, University of Florida, IFAS Extension, West Florida Research and Education Center, Jay, FL), Dr. Nicholas S. Dufault (Dept. of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, IFAS …

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Low Tunnels Provide Year-Round Gardening Versatility

An example of a low tunnel integrated into a raised bed. Photo credit – Fran Scher As the heat of the summer falls upon us, it may seem strange to start thinking about structures to protect crops from the weather.  A versatile structure, however, can do more than just protect crops from the cold. Low …

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Are You Sure You Need That Gypsum? Calcium Induced Deficiencies in Vegetables

Figure 2. This cantaloupe field displayed symptoms initially thought to be disease related. Upon further investigation, however, it was determined that severe magnesium and potassium deficiencies were the problem, and resulted in significant crop loss. Photo by Josh Freeman By Josh Freeman (University of Florida, IFAS Extension, Assistant Professor, Horticultural Science) and Mark Reiter (Associate …

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National Forage Week June 21-27

Cattle graze on Bermudagrass at Cherokee Ranch, Marianna. Photo credit: Doug Mayo #NationalForageWeek The American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC) is introducing National Forage Week for the first time June 21–27, 2015.  Slightly less than 2 percent of the total U.S. population lives on a farm, making it more difficult for the general public to …

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