Certified Pile Burner class

We are pleased to offer in cooperation with Florida Forest Service a Certified Pile Burner class in Okaloosa County.  The class will be held, Friday, September 12, 2014 from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  This class will be held at our office at 3098 Airport Road in Crestview. Okaloosa Certified Pile Burner Class Registration Packet 2014 Please register by …

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Okaloosa Farm Update July 2014

Kudzu bugs migrate to soybean plants

Kudzu bugs are migrating into soybean fields by the thousands! Farmers are beginning to treat the fields to protect them from damage. Kudzu bugs damage the soybean plants by piercing the stem and sucking out nutrient rich sap. Kudzu bugs can cause significant yield loss when left untreated. Farmers try to time the treatment so …

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Armyworms march across a soybean field

Fall armyworm damage to young soybean field

  I received a call yesterday to check a soybean field for armyworms.  Upon arriving, I found the field was about 70% defoliated.   Scouting is in order for late planted soybeans and pasture/hay fields.  This pest can completely defoliate a field in a week as was the case in the field pictured above.  According to …

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Fish Ponds Management Made Simple

farm pond

Since I have an Animal Science degree, I like to think about ponds this way: the pond is the pasture and the fish are the livestock. In this analogy, the pond must grow enough forage/food for the fish. The more fish you harvest from the pond, the more forages the pond needs to grow. Just …

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Armyworms on Tomatoes


These hungry caterpillars are munching on lots of green plants right now!  I normally look for them in hay fields but this year they are abundant elsewhere too. I had a backyard gardener bring one in for identification today.  It was on her tomato plants. These caterpillars can be controlled in the backyard garden with …

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Kudzu Bugs Invading Okaloosa County

Kudzu bugs feeding on kudzu vines

Florida is extending a warm welcome to a new pest! Last year, the Kudzu bug made its first appearance in our county. This year, they are settling in to stay. The kudzu bug was first documented in the US in 2009 in Northeast Georgia. It has quickly spread throughout the southeast. At first, a pest …

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April 2014 Storm Damage

Standing water in a corn field

North Okaloosa County received 7-19 inches of rain during this event.  April 2014 has already brought a record amount of rainfall to the area. The soil and air temperatures have also been abnormally low causing delays in planting. The rain event of April 29-30 has caused flooding across our county and right now the biggest …

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What are those evil looking weeds in my yard and pastures?

thistle 2

Thistles There are 9 species of thistle known to exist in Florida.  Most thistles are biennial plants.  They begin as a rosette.  The thistle remains in this stage for the first year.  In year two, the thistle sends up a stalk and flowers, produces seeds and dies.  Thistles bolt (send up the stalk) January through …

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Aquatic and Natural Areas Pesticide Training and Exam

Pesticide Training and Exams being offered at the University of Florida IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office. March 31, 2014 8am-11am     Aquatic Pesticide Training 11am             Aquatic Exam 1pm-4pm       Natural Areas Training 4pm               Natural Areas Exam Cost is $10 for Aquatic Training and $10 for Natural Areas Training To receive a new Aquatic or Natural Areas pesticide …

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Cotton Farm Bill Meetings

ATTENTION Cotton Farmers:  You are encouraged to attend one of the educational meetings on the Farm Bill that the National Cotton Council will be conducting across the Cotton Belt March 17-25.  These meetings are aimed at providing a greater understanding of The Agricultural Act of 2014, the new five-year comprehensive farm law that includes fundamental changes in cotton’s safety net, a …

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