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Readying Your Raised Beds for Northwest Florida’s Best Gardening Season

I had to do a hard thing last week.  My battle-worn okra, eggplant and pepper plants that had produced so reliably since June and endured all the summertime challenges (heat, insects, disease, and a hurricane to name a few) were finally pulled out of my raised bed garden and discarded.  A combination of lowered yields, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/10/readying-your-raised-beds-for-northwest-floridas-best-gardening-season/

Fall Herbicide Applications are Best for Blackberry Control in Pastures

Fall is the best time to apply herbicides for blackberry briar control. Credit: Brent Sellers Brent Sellers and Jay Ferrell, UF/IFAS Weed Extension Specialists There are numerous briar or Rubus species (blackberry and dewberry) in the Southeastern U.S., many of which are found in Florida. Blackberry is common in most Florida pastures and can be overlooked …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/09/22/fall-herbicide-applications-are-best-for-blackberry-control-in-pastures/

Winter Annual Forage Seed Costs: What is the Best Deal?

Even with significantly higher seed prices in 2017, ryegrass still provides excellent return on investment for winter grazing in the Southeast. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Source:  UGA Forage Extension Team Adam Speir, UGA Madison County Extension Director, and Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA State Forage Extension Specialist If you haven’t priced annual ryegrass seed yet, I’d …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/18/winter-annual-forage-seed-costs-what-is-the-best-deal/

Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices for Crop Farmers

On August 10th, UF/IFAS Santa Rosa and Escambia County Extension hosted a field day covering moisture monitoring, cover crops, and best management practices at Mickey Diamond’s Farm.  Through a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Best Management Practice (BMP) mini-grant, UF/IFAS Extension, FDACS, and NRCS have been able to examine how cover crops …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/11/moisture-monitoring-cover-crops-and-best-management-practices-for-crop-farmers/

Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices Field Day – August 10

Please join us on the morning of August 10th for a Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices Field Day hosted by UF/IFAS Santa Rosa Extension.  The event will take place from 8:00 am to 9:30 at Mickey Diamond’s Farm: 3270 Scarborough Road near Jay, Florida. The following topics will be covered: Soil Moisture Sensor Project Overview …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/05/moisture-monitoring-cover-crops-and-best-management-practices-field-day-august-10/

Safety and Best Management Practices Essential for Pesticide Use

Many folks may not realize it at first, but everyone is using pesticides. Have you recently used a mold or mildew removal cleaner in your bathroom? Do you apply flea & tick powder to your pet? It is a misconception that only farmers, ranchers and lawn and garden enthusiasts are pesticide users. So, let’s all keep safety in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/01/safety-and-best-management-practices-essential-for-pesticide-use/

Green Industries Best Management Practices

On June 18, 2009, Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed into law SB 494 requiring all commercial fertilizer applicators have a license by January 1, 2014. Passing the Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) training is mandatory to obtain that license.  University of Florida/IFAS Extension provides training and testing programs in urban landscape management practices and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/15/green-industries-best-management-practices/

Best Time to Prune is Now Till Bud Break

Why Prune? •          Control plant size or form •          Remove damage (mechanical, disease, etc.) •          Prevent potential damage (overlapping branches, poor crotch angles, diseases, etc. •          Stimulate new growth (rejuvenate old plants, fill bare areas, increase flowering, etc.)   When to prune: •          Corrective pruning due to injury or dead tissue should be done as soon …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/02/15/best-time-to-prune-is-now-till-bud-break/

Agricultural Best Management Practices – What’s Stopping You?

Submitted by Rance Ellis, FDACS OAWP Agriculture often is in the spotlight, some might say the bull’s eye, when environmental issues are raised.  This is partly because agriculture is visible; people can see a farmer on a tractor and irrigation systems operating, and may not understand the decision-making and risks involved in running a farm. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/12/01/agricultural-best-management-practices-whats-stopping-you/

Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) – Why Participate, and How?

Submitted by Rance Ellis, FDACS, North Florida Field Staff, BMP Program. Florida law provides a presumption of compliance with state water quality standards to producers who enroll in and implement best management practices (BMPs) adopted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).  However, continued support for this approach depends on the level …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/08/22/agricultural-best-management-practices-bmps-why-participate-and-how/

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