Monthly Archive: May 2013

Kudzu Bug Makes First Appearance in Wakulla County

Kudzu bugs, with a taste for legumes, cotton and citrus, have made their first appearance in Wakulla County. The Kudzu Bug also known as the bean plataspid (Megacopta cribraria, Fabricius), was discovered in the Sopchoppy area of western Wakulla County last week populating a citrus tree.  Kudzu bugs are native to East Asia and were …

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Paraquat Tank Mix Compatibility Issues

Authors:  Jay Ferrell  (Associate Professor, Weed Science, University of Florida) and Mace Bauer (Columbia County Agriculture Extension Agent) Many crop producers discovered compatibility issues last season when paraquat (Gramoxone SL and others) was added to the tank. While the issue was not “common,” it did happen often enough to create the necessity for awareness of …

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Estimating Wheat Yield

Wheat field with an estimated yield of 52 bu./acre in Washington County. Credit: Doug Mayo Much of the wheat crop around the panhandle is finishing grain-fill and starting to dry down. As harvest time for wheat draws near, many growers are busy planting peanuts and cotton on other fields. However, it may prove useful to …

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Disease Alert: Northern Corn Leaf Blight

  Northern Corn Leaf Blight lesion. Credit: Jack Price Rome Ethredge, extension agent in Seminole County Georgia, this week reported incidence of Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB), as did Jake Price in Lowndes County Georgia. This is a fungal disease that can reduce corn yields and is most likley to be found in fields where corn was grown …

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What is Gained through Sewing?

  Sewing is much more than just making a garment or a bag, instead it is the vehicle to teach self-confidence through skill building. In today’s world, sewing is no longer a necessity as it was in our mothers’ and grandmothers’ day. Most women of that era knew how to sew and could clothe their …

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Scale: A Major Pest of the Home Landscape and Garden

  Adult Scale – Image Courtesy Lyle Buss Many different species of scale insect infect citrus in North Florida, and mid spring is usually when gardeners notice them on their fruit trees and ornamental shrubs.  Many different species of scale affect Florida homeowners and cause a host of problems in the garden and landscape. Citrus …

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Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Make half your grains whole with homemade whole grain bread. One of the most comforting memories of childhood has to be the smell of homemade yeast bread wafting throughout the house!  Baking yeast bread, like many other kitchen traditions is making a comeback.  Bread is a wonderful source of carbohydrades, especially if the flour is …

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Dryland Corn Looks Good So Far

Dryland corn is up and going strong in the Big Bend Region. Dryland field corn is up and flourishing in the Big Bend Region of Florida.  Rains have been well spaced and delivering sufficient water. Corn acreage is forecast to be at its highest point in three quarters of a century.  The 97,282,000 acres nationally …

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SE AL Hay Field Day May 16

Download the Flyer:  SE Alabama Hay Field Day 5-16-13   Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu Jackson County Extension Director, & Livestock & Forages Agent My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds. http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu Doug Mayo

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Aquafarming… Florida’s Underwater Agriculture!

Much of the seafood we enjoy every day is grown in Florida’s aquafarms. Cheese grits, hush-puppies, and catfish; sweet corn, potatoes, and crawfish; dirty rice, coleslaw, and shrimp!  What do all of these delicious foods have in common?  The answer is AGRICULTURE – including the catfish, crawfish, and shrimp!   Aquaculture (or aquafarming) is agriculture.  In …

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