Monthly Archive: February 2012

Volunteer Roles Over the Summer

Marcus Boston Leon County 4-H Agent Leon County Extension Office 615 Paul Russell Road Tallahassee, FL   32301-7099 Bostonm@leoncountyfl.gov (850) 606-5213 (850) 606-5201   Recruiting and training volunteers is a vital part of starting and maintaining a successful 4-H Program. This is also true if you plan on implementing a successful camping program in your county.  …

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Gulf Islands National Seashore: A historical and natural treasure

Andrew Diller Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent Escambia County apdiller@ufl.edu Gulf Islands National Seashore (GINS) is located along the northern Gulf of Mexico in Mississippi and Florida.  The Florida properties surround Pensacola, the site of the first European settlement in the United States in 1559.  An ideal deep-water harbor protected by a barrier island, a …

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Summer Lawn Insects beginning to Show-up

Theresa Friday Horticulture Agent Santa Rosa County Extension tlfriday@ufl.edu The long, hot days of summer means they you are likely to encounter greater insect populations. Careful routine scouting and recognizing damaging insects and their beneficial predators can help reduce the need for applying insecticides. Chinch bugs Chinch bugs love St. Augustinegrass lawns. The adults of …

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Research Shows: Volunteerism Promotes Better Health

Melanie G. Taylor Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Agent Gulf County metaylor@ufl.edu The importance of volunteerism has always been strong, but in these tough times of economic hardship, natural disasters, and wartime, the number of volunteers helping those in need are not only helping others, but themselves, too.  Upon entering office, President Obama began a campaign-United …

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Cold La Niña Surprises Meteorologists and Growers

Clyde Fraisse Assistant Professor University of Florida Agricultural and Biological Engineering cfraisse@ufl.edu According to the NOAA National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), December 2010 was the 3rd coldest winter on record in the Southeast U.S. and the coldest on record in Florida and Georgia. The statewide temperature for December in Florida was more than 9oF (5oC) …

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Summer Time Blues

 Janet Psikogios 4-H OMK Regional Coordinator UF/IFAS Bay County Extension 2728 E. 14th Street Panama City, FL   32401 janetp@ufl.edu (850) 784-6105 (850) 784-6107   Summertime!  It’s almost here.  We all look forward to what we will do during the summer.   Play sports, go to the beach, attend 4-H camp … there are lots of things …

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Seagrass Awareness in Florida

Chris Verlinde Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent Santa Rosa County chrismv@ufl.edu Seagrasses are a valuable part of the marine environment and support a thriving million-dollar fishery. Most commercial and recreationally important fish, crabs and shrimp spend some time of their lives in seagrass beds. These grass beds help to filter toxins from the water, contribute …

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Cicada Killers

Beth Bolles Horticulture Agent Escambia County Extension bbolles@ufl.edu During the summer months, landscapes are alive with insect activity.  The majority of insects found in home landscapes are not harmful, although the sight of a few may cause some concern.  One insect appears to be threatening but is not is the cicada killer, the largest wasp …

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Calibrating Your Oven

Amanda Griffin Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Jackson County amandangriffin@ufl.edu Those potatoes should be done by now.  As a matter of fact, it took longer to bake the brownies last night, too.  I need to check to see if the oven is baking at the temperature it says. There is the problem!  It is 20 …

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Soil Temperature Rules, So Early Planting is Not Always Best

 Daniel E. Mullins IFAS Extension Agent IV Santa Rosa County Extension 6263 Dogwood Drive Milton, FL   32570 danm@santarosa.fl.gov 850-623-3868 850-623-6151   Profitable vegetable production begins with the prompt germination and early, uninterrupted growth from seeds.  If a seedling slows down even once during germination and emergence, it is in trouble.  The results of this condition …

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