Monthly Archive: October 2013

South Dakota Blizzard Devastates Ranchers

South Dakota Officials estimate 15-30 thousand cattle may have been killed by the October blizzard.  Photo source: Associated Press On October 4th and 5th, as Panhandle residents watched the Weather Channel concerned about Tropical Storm Karen, you may have seen some footage that discussed the two to four feet of snow that fell in the …

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Sugarcane Field Day – November 4, 2013

Each year various state and regional specialists come to share with farmers and producers their experience in sugarcane production Henry Grant, Gadsden County Extension Director, Agriculture & CRD Agent The Sugarcane Field Day is an annual event hosted at the University of Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC-Quincy), in Quincy, Florida, on Monday, November 4, …

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Forest Stewardship Tree Farm Tours – November 7,14, & 21

George Owens, Chipley, will be hosting one of three Tree Farm Tours in November. Suwanee County – November 7, 2013 Tree Farm Tour at Adventure Plantation Property of Jeff and Melody Scott, 2013 Florida Tree Farmers of the Year 9 am to 1 pm, Eastern Time Jeff and Melody received the Florida Tree Farmers of …

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Sprucing Up Your Home This Fall? Know Thy Paint!

So now the weather is cooling off and you’ve been thinking about doing something to give your home a much-needed facelift. Perhaps now you’re thinking you want to add some seasonal touches. The easiest way to spruce up a home is with a coat of paint. Painting will give the home an updated, refreshed look …

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Caution… Worms at Work!

Caution…Worms at Work! Vermicomposting bin at the Leon County Extension Office. It’s difficult to see, but our worms are hard at work composting leftovers! Many home gardeners may have thought about composting, but may not have the time, the space or, let’s face it, the patience. Well then vermicomposting is ideal to satisfy those conditions! Vermicomposting is the …

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What is the Name of this Tree?

It is time for another question of the week. What is the name of this tree? is it a native? Answer will be posted below the pictures next week !        Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent …

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Fall Blooming Native Wildflowers

Swamp Sunflower Photo credit: UF/IFAS Milt Putnam Fall Blooming Native Wildflowers Drive along any highway or rural road at this time of year and chances are some color will catch your eye; not so much in the tree tops, but in ditches and right of ways. Although yellow seems to be the predominant color in …

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Strawberries for the Florida Fall Garden

Sweet Charlie Strawberry. Credit: C.K. Chandler, UF IFAS Extension Strawberries can be grown in home gardens throughout the state.  Temperatures between 50 to 80° F (10 and 27°C) and day lengths 14 hours or fewer are required for the development of flowers and fruit on most strawberry varieties.  In the U.S. these conditions occur only …

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West Florida 2013 Field Corn Variety Trial

Josh Thompson, UF/IFAS Regional Agronomy Agent, and Kim Wilkens, AL Regional Agronomy Agent compare corn varieties at the West Florida Research and Education Center Variety Trial. Because of the renewed interest in field corn production in the region, the West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC)  conducted a variety test for the first time in …

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Agricultural Innovator: Okaloosa County

On Friday August 9, 2013, 13 Innovative Farmers and Ranchers were recognized by University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida at the Jackson County Agricultural Conference Center in Marianna.  This is the third year these two organizations have teamed up to honor a selection of the most innovative farmers from the …

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