Monthly Archive: September 2013

4-H Day at LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND is sponsoring the 1st Annual 4-H Day at LEGOLAND on Saturday, September 28th– just in time for 4-H Club Kickoffs!  Florida 4-H Families will be able to purchase tickets to LEGOLAND theme park for $ 30.00 each (regular price is $ 75.00).  In addition, $ 5.00 from every ticket sold will go to the …

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Making a Difference with Effective 4-H Club Meetings

Last night, Dr. Paula Davis taught us how we can make a difference by empowering youth to plan and lead effective club meetings.  We even practiced parliamentary procedure by making trail mix.  Whitney Cherry explained proper 4-H emblem usage and how to secure permission to use the 4-H name and emblem for your club. All …

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Rain Barrel Workshop October 12th Washington County

Does Your Garden Irrigation Inflate Your Water Bill?   Image Credit: UF / IFAS   Flush High Irrigation Bills Down The Drain ! Build A Rain Barrel Find Out How at our Workshop  Saturday October 12th 2013  9am-12pm Location: Washington County Ag Center 1424 Jackson Ave  UF / IFAS Washington County Extension 1424 Jackson Ave. …

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Pause Before Pruning Azaleas This Fall

Although Northwest Florida is well known for its beautiful Azalea displays every spring, many do not understand that these shows of bloom could be sacrificed completely by pruning at the wrong time. Azaleas pruned late in the fall will have little or no bloom in the spring. Image Credit: Matthew Orwat Pruning Azaleas in the …

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Seasons Changing – Or Are They?

While the recently passed Labor Day is often is touted as the traditional “end of summer,” according to the calendar, fall officially will begin with the fall equinox on Sept. 22nd at 4:44 EDT. In north Florida, however, we know good and well that our summer season extends a good bit longer. Still, even if it …

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The Truth About Lovebugs

Adult lovebugs on building, Photo Credit: Larry Williams Contrary to popular belief, lovebugs were not introduced to the state by the University of Florida. This insect is an invasive species from Central America. Lovebugs migrated from Central America, traveling through Texas and Louisiana to get to Florida. They were first reported in Florida during the …

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Today is Make a Difference Monday!

Our first session of Make a Difference Mondays was a huge success, and we are very excited to see each of you tonight for round two.  If you were not able to join us last month, you are still welcome to attend tonight.  We would love to have you! The session will be offered at your …

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Triple-Threat in One Soybean Field: Grasshopper Damage, Asian Soybean Rust and Palmer Amaranth

Example of a soybean plant being eaten by grasshoppers September generally signals the start of peanut and cotton harvests, but in many counties of northwest Florida late planted soybeans still need continued scouting for disease, insect, and weed pests.  Unfortunately, one producer here in the western Florida panhandle is dealing with all three. The producer initially …

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Citrus Variety Trials Underway at UF/IFAS NFREC-Quincy

A citrus variety trial was established in 2011 at the North Florida Research and Education Center to evaluate their potential for Northwest Florida. Photo Credit:Doug Mayo Researchers at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center near Quincy are evaluating the longevity and production of a number of citrus varieties for use in Northwest Florida.  …

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2013 Cotton Harvest Timing and Defoliation

L-mature boll, R-immature boll The cotton crop is maturing fast and defoliation will soon be underway in many older planted fields. Proper timing of cotton harvest aid applications is important for optimizing both yield and quality of the crop. Defoliation decisions should be based on the crop and the crop environment. Plant maturity is usually …

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