Monthly Archive: June 2012

Fields Flooded By Tropical Storm Debby? Another Soil Test May Be Necessary

Tropical Storm Debby left many north Florida fields flooded. The standing water may be cause to soil test before adding fertilizer and lime even if the plot has been soil tested recently. Tropical Storm Debby delivered some much needed rain to many Florida Counties, albeit in a rather short amount of time. These flooded fields …

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Celebrating 150 Years of Land Grant Universities on July 2

  In 1901, University of Florida Professor W.E. French, Narcoossee Cattle Research Station, conducted research on solving a dietary deficiency in Florida Cattle known as “Salt Sickness.” In the midst of the Civil War, a key piece of legislation that shaped our great nation was signed into law.  On July 2, 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/06/29/celebrating-150-years-of-land-grant-universities-on-july-2/

Apps for Agriculture

As smart phones and tablets increase in use among farmers they may want to take a look at some of the apps that are currently available for use on these devices.  There are several that I currently use that are worth taking a look at if you are a farmer or land manager. One app …

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Washington County Update

Melon harvesting is actively underway in Washington County The ample rains last week made a big difference towards improving the overall crop condition. Pasture conditions continue to improve with the availability of additional moisture. Field work is active and back on schedule for late June. Growers are taking advantage of the clear weather to catch …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/06/23/washington-county-update-3/

Sustainable Vegetable Production Options for Small Operations

The local food movement’s growth has fueled interested in urban farms. For small operations in the extreme west part of panhandle Florida, one production method rising in popularity is raised bed hydroponics. It is simply what the title implies: a raised bed lined with plastic and operated as a hydroponic growing system. The West Florida …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/06/23/sustainable-vegetable-production-options-for-small-operations/

UF/IFAS Extension Surveying Bermuda & Bahia Pasture Decline

Tifton 85 hay field with 20% stand loss as compared to last year. Over the last several months, reports of stand losses and decline for both Bermuda and Bahia grass pastures and hay fields have been coming in to Extension Offices across the Southeast.  Some ranchers have lost 25%-40% of their stand in certain fields, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/06/22/ufifas-extension-surveying-bermuda-bahia-pasture-decline/

Armyworms on the March in Hay Fields

Army worms are actively feeding in large numbers on bermudagrass hay fields in Washington and neighboring counties.  If left unnoticed these foliage feeders will take a forage stand near harvest down to a few small stems in just a matter of days. Therefore producers need to scout heavily fertilized pastures and hay fields at least …

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Northwest 4-H Volunteer Fall Forum

Join 4-H volunteers and staff from the panhandle of Florida to learn new ways to engage youth in 4-H programs in a fun and educational way.  The Northwest 4-H Volunteer Forum will be held September 14-15 at 4-H Camp Timpoochee near Niceville Florida.  Teen and adult club volunteers, 4-H staff, and military and afterschool staff are encouraged …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/06/18/northwest-4-h-volunteer-fall-forum/

Horse Nettle Blooming in Wakulla County

Delicate flowers disguise the potential problems of Horsenettle.  The dainty yellow and white flowers belie the disaster potential of the plants. Horsenettles (Solanum carolinense) are blooming and producing fruit in Wakulla County. Horsenettle can be a serious weed problem in Florida’s perennial grass pastures, hay producing operations and along fence rows. The result of infestation is reduced usable …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/06/16/horse-nettle-blooming-in-wakulla-county/

Additional Rains Improve Washington County Situation

Recent rains have improved Washington County's forage situation Rains over the past week have greatly improved crop and pasture conditions in Washington County.  The watermelon, sweet corn, and vegetable harvests are proceeding at a rapid pace. Peanuts and cotton are responding well to recent rains. Cattle conditions are improving along with refreshed pastures.  The wet conditions halted hay …

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