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Weed of the Week: Coffee Senna

Coffee senna is a troublesome pasture weed that is toxic to livestock. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Coffee Senna is not only an issue for livestock producers, as seeds are toxic when consumed, it also causes issues for cotton and peanut farmers in the southern states. The scientific name Senna occidentalis comes from Arabic and Latin roots, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/09/16/weed-of-the-week-coffee-senna/

Weed of the Week: Sicklepod

Gerald Holmes, California Polytechnic State University – Bugwood.org Sicklepod is commonly known as Coffeeweed and is a major issue for livestock producers across the Southeast. This semi-woody annual legume is native to the American tropics. Sicklepod is known to be toxic, affecting liver, kidney and muscle function in livestock. The stems and leaves, as well …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/26/weed-of-the-week-sicklepod/

Weed of the Week: Goatweed

Image 1: Goatweed seeds are very small and are enclosed in yellow to brown capsules. Photo Credit: Dr. Brent Sellers Once just an issue in Central Florida Orange groves, Goatweed (Scoparia dulcis), also referred to as sweet broom and licorice weed, is now an issue for many pasture owners in North Florida. The spread of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/19/weed-of-the-week-goatweed/

Weed of the Week: Southern Sandbur

Left: Southern sandbur seedhead. Right: Close-up picture of individual burs. Credit: Hunter Smith Across the Southern United States, Southern Sandbur (aka sandspur) can be found. It is an annual grass that grows in cropland and pastures, thriving in dry sandy soils. Southern Sandbur has a shallow fibrous root system and can easily invade poorly managed fields …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/12/weed-of-the-week-southern-sandbur/

Weed of the Week: Showy Crotalaria

Showy crotalaria is a common weed in the Panhandle that is toxic to livestock.  Photo credit: Doug Mayo Commonly known as Showy Rattlebox, Showy Crotalaria is a fast growing summer annual that germinates in early spring and flowers in late summer. As a member of the legume family, it was brought to the United States …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/04/weed-of-the-week-showy-crotalaria/

Weed of the Week: Tropical Soda Apple

This week’s featured weed is tropical soda apple, a serious weed problem in many pastures and natural areas of Florida.  This invasive weed is very prolific and can infest a pasture in a very short time.  Its fruit are toxic to goats, and the unpalatable thorny leaves results in reduced forage production and lower stocking …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/29/weed-of-the-week-tropical-soda-apple/

Panhandle Estuaries – National Estuaries Week

Humans have been settling on, and around, coastal estuaries since they first arrived in the panhandle over 10,000 years ago. These bodies of water have provided food and recreation as long as anyone can remember.  They are a magnet for those looking to build homes or businesses – and we continue to be attracted to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/23/panhandle-estuaries-national-estuaries-week/

Celebrating Choctawhatchee Bay – National Estuaries Week

Rocky Bayou Aquatic Preserve – Choctawhatchee Bay, Niceville, Florida – Photo by Laura Tiu September 17-24, 2016 was the nation’s 28th time to celebrate America’s coasts and estuaries during National Estuaries Week.  This week helps us to remember to appreciate the challenges these coastal ecosystems face, along with their beauty and utility. Estuaries, semi-enclosed bodies …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/23/celebrating-choctawhatchee-bay-national-estuaries-week/

Shark Week is over… so what do we know about shark attack?

Yep, each year cable TV broadcast their classic summer series SHARK WEEK. Actually there are several shark series running now.  It all began with Jaws in the early ‘70’s and ever since Americans have been enthralled with programs on these animals. Bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas). Gulf of Mexico. Credit: SEFSC Pascagoula Laboratory; Collection of Brandi …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/01/shark-week-is-over-so-what-do-we-know-about-shark-attack/

National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2016

Invasive species are non-native or exotic species that do not naturally occur in an area, cause economic or environmental harm, or negatively impact human health. These invasive species have become the number one threat to biodiversity on protected lands.  However, invasive species do not know boundaries, and as a result, public, private lands, natural and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/12/national-invasive-species-awareness-week-2016/

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