Monthly Archive: March 2012

Washington County Update

    Above normal temperatures and no rain is drying out topsoil at a rapid pace. Over 80 percent of Washington County corn is planted and up. Some watermelons have runners 24 to 30 inches long. Lack of soil moisture is stopping field preparation for planting cotton and peanuts. Weed pressure has started early with pig weed …

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Camphor Shot Borers Show Up In North Florida

  The Camphor Shot Borer: This exotic pest is making it presence known in north Florida in a unique way. When a Jefferson County Master Gardener displayed a plastic 2.5 gallon gasoline container peppered with round holes, it initially was a mystery. But the black spots turned out to be invasive beetles, Camphor Shot Borer beetles …

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Tax Information for Timber Operations

NEW TIMBER TAX PUBLICATION The US Forest Service released the 2011 edition of Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Key to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions, a quick-reference guide to timber tax laws impacting woodland owners. Complete with the new tax law updates, this publication provides a timely tax reporting information for the 2011 return …

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Welcome to UF/IFAS Extension’s Panhandle Ag News

UF/IFAS County Extension Agriculture Agents and Ag Specialists will be posting weekly articles with information related to commercial agriculture production and land management.  To sign up to receive weekly email notices of updates to the page, sign up by hitting the “SUBSCRIBE” button at your local County Extension website, or directly at http://subscribe.ifas.ufl.edu  and entering …

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Drought Forecast Suggests Early Peanut Planting this Year

Certainly the rain that fell late this winter has helped replenish the ground water and has refilled ponds that have been dry or nearly dry for some time.  For the first time in months, the Florida Panhandle has moved out of the severe drought category on the drought monitor. Although this is very encouring, the …

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Doing Your Part to Protect Water Quality

Carrie T. Stevenson Coastal Sustainability Agent Escambia County Extension ctsteven@ufl.edu Contrary to popular belief, stormwater runoff—not industrial discharge—is the primary source of water pollution in Florida.  During a rain, anything on the ground can be picked up, carried via water, and taken downstream to the nearest body of water.  While newer construction projects require stormwater …

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Busy Bees

Beth Bolles County Agent Escanbia County bboles@ufl.edu Consider yourself lucky this year if your landscape is found to be a suitable spot for one of our solitary bees.  Late winter and spring are the times when these beneficial bees begin their development, causing interest and concern for many homeowners. The majority of bee species do …

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Fertilizers Are Easy

Rob Trawick Extension Horticulturist Jackson County rob.trawick@ufl.edu Understanding the numbers on a bag of fertilizer helps you apply the right amount and ratio of fertilizer your yard and garden need. Fertilizers come in different strengths and blends, with the three numbers on the bags showing the percentage by weight of the three major nutrients. The …

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Upcoming Events

Escambia County Garden Talks: Attracting Butterflies and Wildlife to the Landscape. Escambia County Master Gardeners will share information on plants and techniques that help homeowners create their own wildlife habitat at home. Programs held on Friday April 13 and Saturday, April 14 at the Escambia County Demonstration Garden, 3740 Stefani Road. Participants must preregister by …

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Mowing Magic

Theresa Friday Horticulture Agent Santa Rosa County Extension A healthy, good-looking lawn isn’t the result of magic.  It’s from using proper cultural techniques and mowing is perhaps the gardener’s most important chore. Done properly, mowing can increase the thickness of the lawn and make it more resistant to weeds.  Done improperly, mowing can produce long-term …

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