Panhandle Agriculture

Culling Older Cows from the Herd Before Winter

Research shows that 10 year old and older cows are much less likely to remain productive in the herd, so it is wise to sell them before health issues make them unmarketable.  Photo credit:  Oklahoma State University. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Cull cows represent approximately 20% of the gross income …

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Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest

Massey Ferguson and Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Extension Specialist have teamed up to produce a video series called “A Cut Above the Rest” with tips on how to harvest high quality hay.  In the first video Dr. Hancock explains RFQ (Relative Forage Quality) scores being used to evaluate the quality of hay of various …

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Florida EQIP Application Deadline is November 17

EQIP can provide cost-share funds for conservation practices such cross fencing, and a water trough system to allow for rotational grazing and protection of riparian areas. Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners can apply until November 17, 2017 for fiscal year 2018 funding from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) that provides financial and technical …

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September Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

The August 2018 Feeder Cattle futures contract increased by $ 5.95/cwt. during September. Based on this futures price increase, August Feeder Cattle revenues increased by approximately $ 47.60/head ($ 5.95/cwt. * 8.0 cwt.) on an 800-pound feeder steer, which amounts to $ 2,975.00/truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract high, contract low, and …

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Farmers Invited to View On-farm Cotton Test – October 10

  Farmers are invited to view the 15 cotton variety test at Bishop Farms. Photo – Doug Mayo Variety selection can play a large role in the management strategy of a crop, as well its yield potential. This year in Jackson County, UF/IFAS Extension collaborated with Bishop Farms for an on-farm trial. Fifteen cotton varieties …

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Managing Grazing Land to Enhance Bee Habitat

Jose Dubeux and Liza Garcia, University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center Figure 1. Honeybee on white clover at UF-IFAS Citra. Photo credit: Jose Dubeux Improved forages are not only good for livestock, but they can also help feed bees! Managing grasslands to enhance bee habitat requires similar management practices to those …

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Proper Hay Storage Can Save You Money

Evan Anderson, Walton County Agriculture Agent If you grow or purchase hay to feed livestock, you probably know that not all hay is created equal. There are a number of factors that contribute to the quality of the bale you end up with. If you’re relying on hay to provide your animals with the nutrition …

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September Weather Summary, Hurricane Nate and the Last Quarter Outlook

National Weather Service summary of rainfall estimates across the Florida Panhandle in September 2017. September was an unusually dry month across much of the Panhandle, considering we were all watching Tropical Storm Irma so closely.  You can see the red streaks where the outer-bands of Irma swung around on the eastern part of the region.  …

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Friday Feature: A Tribute to Bud Adams – One of Florida’s Greatest Cowmen

Florida has lost one of the all-time great cowmen and conservationists! Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr., passed away at the age of 91, on September 22, 2017, at his home on Adams Ranch near Ft. Pierce, Florida.  Bud Adams and his family have owned and managed the 50,000-acre, Adams Ranch since 1937. Adams Ranch is the …

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The “Positive Associative Effect” of High Protein Supplements

Hay and baleage stored for winter feeding at the UF/IFAS NFREC Beef Unit near Marianna. Photo: Nicolas DiLorenzo Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist As you drive around this fall you see many big round bales of hay stored for winter feed.  The quality of this hay will vary a great deal.  …

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