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Your Christmas Tree Could Benefit Winter Wildlife

Christmas trees can provide benefits to wildlife long after they have served as holiday decoration indoors. Credits: IFAS photo database. Americans purchased approximately 30 million live Christmas trees last year. If you plan to have a live tree this winter, and you’re wondering what you could do with your tree once it has finished its role as …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/12/16/your-christmas-tree-could-benefit-winter-wildlife/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/02/27/dairy-winter-forage-field-day-march-3/

Dormant Oil: Apply in Late Winter for Spring Benefits

The magnolia white scale, Phenacaspis cockerelli, is also called false oleander scale. Image credit http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/scales/false_oleander_scale.htm Many fruit and ornamental shrubs and trees suffer from scale insects throughout the year. Most of the time home gardeners notice these insects in the spring or summer, because their exudate is the primary substrate for sooty mold growth. Although …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/27/dormant-oil-apply-in-late-winter-for-spring-benefits/

Winter Burns Benefit Bermudagrass Hay Fields

Controlled burn of a Bermudagrass Hayfield – Photo by Shep Eubanks Now is an excellent time to begin planning controlled burns of bermudagrass hay fields in north Florida.  Weather conditions in late January and February are typically our best for getting a good controlled burn, especially with the recent hard cold weather that we have …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/24/winter-burns-benefit-bermudagrass-hay-fields/

Inviting Wildlife to a Winter Feast

While youth are home over winter break, encourage them to do something fun that will attract wildlife. Nothing is more fun than watching birds or squirrels play in your yard. One way to make this happen is to provide a supplemental food source for them. You can create a special “Tree for Wildlife” in your …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/05/inviting-wildlife-to-a-winter-feast/

Trees with Winter Appeal

From about mid November or December to March, deciduous trees have little to no foliage making us more aware of their shapes, forms and barks. Here are a few trees to consider for adding winter appeal to your landscape. Gary Knox, UF/IFAS Horticulturist, describes the crapemyrtle’s winter interest perfectly in his publication, “Crapemyrtle in Florida.” …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/12/09/trees-with-winter-appeal/

Managing Winter Pastures

Rye pasture in Santa Rosa County is not ready for grazing yet. Small grains need to at least 8-12 inches tall before grazing, and ryegrass at least 6-12 inches. Photo credit John Atkins Winter feeding of the cow herd accounts for 40 to 50% of the total variable cost for producing weaned calves. Because winter …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/11/22/managing-winter-pastures/

Liquid Feeds for Winter Cattle Supplementation

The frosty cold mornings of the past few days help remind us about the importance of supplementing our cattle with high-energy winter feeds. Photo by Ralph Yoder Nicolas DiLorenzo, State Beef Specialist, University of Florida NFREC There’s nothing like the cold mornings of the past two days to remind us about the importance of supplementing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/11/21/liquid-feeds-for-winter-cattle-supplementation/

Insects Take a Break in Winter

A common question about insects when cold temperatures arrive is whether or not the cold will kill many pests. Although temperatures will occasionally drop below freezing in north Florida, it is normally not cold enough to significantly impact insect populations for the upcoming year. Typical white grub of the genus Phyllophaga. Photograph by John L. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/28/insects-take-a-break-in-winter/

Winter Weather – Just Right for Controling Unwanted Trees

As Floridians we often struggle to find any upside to these cold, gray days we’ve been experiencing past few months. As  “unfloridian” as our winters can be they pale in comparison to those endured by the more northern states. In fact, the last days of winter can be the ideal time of year in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/02/21/winter-weather-just-right-for-controling-unwanted-trees/

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