Monthly Archive: May 2012

Florida Bull Test Nominations Due June 15

The 2011 Florida Bull Test was a success with 62 bulls averaging 3.3 pounds per day.  For the second year, individual feed efficiency was measured with the data made available to bull sale buyers.  Bull sale prices were up about $ 500 from the previous year, and averaged  a record $ 2,860 per bull.    It is time …

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BQA Training June 12 in New Brockton, AL

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers.  Common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride …

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How Much Land Does a Horse Need?

John Doyle Atkins, Santa Rosa County Extension             It’s a question that has been strongly debated for years: How much land does a horse need for grazing here in northwest Florida?  The horse is a non-ruminant herbivore and a grazing animal.  A horse requires a minimum level of forage in the diet to maintain normal …

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Are your horses immunized against EEE & WNV?

Almost every summer in Florida, horses die due to diseases spread by mosquitos.  Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) takes the lives of several horses in the Panhandle each year.  West Nile Virus (WNV) is also a concern, but is not as common as EEE.   Both can be prevented with vaccination, but if you have not already, it …

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Alabama Cow-calf Conference June 15

Auburn University will be hosting the Alabama Cow-calf Conference on Friday, June 15, at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena.  The full day program begins at 8:00 AM Central and concludes with a steak dinner.  The 2012 focus will be:  Meeting Global Beef Demand One Cow and Calf at a Time.  The following topics will be discussed …

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Cotton: To Replant or Not to Replant

By Henry Grant, Gadsden County Extension Director Emerging cotton seedlings.   In this season of unpredictable rainfall, many farmers plant to satisfy the calendar and sometimes panic when emerging stands appear uneven and skipped.   Plant population density affects yields, time to maturity, and the ability to control weeds.  Many row crop farmers concerned about plant …

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Panhandle Pollinator Conservation Short Course June 21

  Bumble bee with full pollen basket. Photo Credit: Tony Willis, wikipedia The Florida Game and Wildlife Conservation Commission, UF/IFAS Extension, NRCS, Wild Turkey Federation, and the Jackson Soil & Water District will be hosting the Panhandle Pollinator Conservation Short Course on Thursday, June 21.  The Short Course will be held at the Jackson County Extension Agriculture …

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Corn Silage Field Day May 24

Photo Credit: Doug Mayo The University of Florida and the University of Georgia are hosting the 2012 Corn Silage and Forage Field Day on May 24, 2012 at the Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra Florida. The event includes variety test plot tours, field demonstrations, and presentations related to weed control, forage preservation, …

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Forest Stewardship Workshop: Grow Timber Revenue June 19

The Florida Forest Stewardship Program will host the Grow Timber Revenue workshop on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at the Jackson County Extension Agriculture Conference Center, in Marianna. This program will provide guidance on timber management and marketing strategies to increase returns from harvests, reduce costs, and encourage forest management for its many benefits. Currently, many …

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Washington County Farmers Taking Advantage of Hit-or-Miss Rain

Washington County grazing has improved in places with the recent rains Recent rains have been spotty, hitting some farms and missing others. However peanut and cotton growers are quickly taking advantage of available moisture for soil preparation and planting those areas of the county with adequate moisture. Improving pasture quality and quantity is reducing the …

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