Monthly Archive: July 2013

UF IFAS Peanut Field Day August 15

The annual Peanut Field Day will be held at the Marianna North Florida Research and Education Center on Thursday, August 15, 2013 starting with registration at 8:00 AM (CDT) and ending with a sponsored lunch. Field tours will begin at 8:30 AM. Topics to be addressed include disease control, new varieties, crop management, and weed …

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Summer Snacking Made Fun: Easy treats for busy kids

From the sand to the ocean, camp to the pool, water parks to the playground – summer usually means high-energy for kids enjoying time off from school. It’s a good idea to keep on hand a stash of cooling, nutritious snacks to satisfy ferocious appetites and picky palates. One such snack for high energy kids is called …

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Organisms That Can Bug You

“It must be something I ate” often is the explanation people give for a bout of home-grown “Montezuma’s Revenge” or some other unwelcome gastrointestinal upset. Despite the fact that America’s food supply is the safest in the world, the unappetizing truth is that what we eat can very well be the vehicle for food-borne illnesses.  …

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Green Industries Best Management Practices

On June 18, 2009, Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed into law SB 494 requiring all commercial fertilizer applicators have a license by January 1, 2014. Passing the Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) training is mandatory to obtain that license.  University of Florida/IFAS Extension provides training and testing programs in urban landscape management practices and …

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Proper Watering Techniques for a Healthy and Happy Lawn

Turfgrass, like all plants, requires water for growth and survival. With the weather we’ve been having lately, watering your lawn is probably the last thing on your mind. Footprints in turfgrass are a common symptom of drought stress. They are the result of a loss in turgor pressure, due to lack of water, in plant …

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Why is My Squash Wilting?

Why is my squash wilting? Assuming you have been giving your vegetable garden adequate water, the Squah Vine Borer may be the cause. Squash Vine Borer larva. Image Credit Matthew Orwat   Adult Moth. Image Credit Theresa Friday Unfortunately presence of  the squash vine borer, the larval form of a clearwing moth, is usually noticed only after …

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Consider Volunteering at a Local School

Image Credit: Eddie Powell Before the new school year begins for the kids in your county, consider volunteering at your local School Garden. School gardens offer benefits to volunteers and students that go beyond the classroom. They provide a platform for students, teachers, and members of the community to interact in an outdoor learning environment. This type of interaction creates opportunities for …

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A means of survival: Mimicry

“Imitation is the sincerest of flattery,” wrote Charles Caleb Colton. Colton was a sometimes cleric, essayist, wine merchant and gambler who bounced around Europe and North America during the early nineteenth century. It is likely many of his financial lenders hoped the public would not imitate his borrowing practices. Aside from his few literary works …

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Mepiquat Timing on Cotton

An example of rank cotton from research plots where no PGRs were used. Excessive rains across the panhandle the past week have many growers in a hurry-up-and-wait situation. Some cotton fields are in need of nitrogen or herbicide but are still too wet to operate in. An additional concern that cotton growers may have is the …

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Early July Rains Drench Panhandle

National Weather Service precipitation estimates for June 28- July 12 Libbie Johnson, Escambia County Ag Agent,  found a really cool weather data website.  The National Weather Service provides estimates of rainfall based on the combination of radar estimates and data collected by weather stations.  This information is used to generate color coated images like the …

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