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Dry Conditions Still Slowing Washington County Production

Soil conditions continue to be very dry and field work has stopped until some rain arrives in sufficient quantities.

Spring ryegrass hay is being fed now instead of the winter ahead. Oat harvest has started in some parts of the county. However, the oat harvest peak is a week or two away.

Some varieties of early planted wheat did head properly. However vernalization of some longer season varieties that were planted late didn’t get enough chill hours to head properly.

All irrigated crops are doing well, but there is a concern about seed planted in marginal soil moisture.

Large numbers of army worms have been reported in Coastal Bermuda hay fields. Producers are advised to scout fields at least twice per week. Three worms per square foot is considered the treatment threshold.  For more information on armyworms, and chemical treatment options, download:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/IG/IG06100.pdf      Submitted by Andy Andreasen, Washington County Extension Director

Les Harrison

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