Monthly Archive: December 2013

Low-Input Sustainable Pecan Trial in North Florida

Traditionally, the southeastern United States, and particularly Georgia, was the major pecan producing region in the world. Within the last 20 years, the arid western states (mainly Arizona, Texas and New Mexico) have often produced about 50 percent of the pecans in the United States. The increased production of pecans in the arid west is …

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What Crops to Grow in 2014?

Provided by Dr. Nathan Smith, UGA Extension Economist Rome Ethredge, UGA Seminole County Extension Coordinator Seminole Crop E News What are our planting options for 2014?  Dr. Nathan Smith, UGA Extension Ag Economist, developed crop economic return estimates for 2014.  These estimates are helpful in making those tough planting decisions for next year.  The chart above …

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Crown Rust Outbreak in North Florida Oats

Crown rust on Oats Crown rust (Puccinia coranata) was found in over 3000 acres of oats in Levy, Suwannee and Madison counties in the last week. The most notable characteristic of the fungus is small pustules which contain orange-yellow spores. Rubbing the leaf with your fingers or a towel will leave a fine orange powder. …

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Prevent Tick-borne Illnesses in Florida

This fall remains mild despite a couple of recent frosty mornings. Lone Star Ticks carry Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness. Photo Courtesy of UF/IFAS Communications With mild temperatures comes ticks.  Ticks carry and transmit several diseases. Brown dog ticks are found mainly on dogs and can carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. American dog ticks are also usually …

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Fall Vegetable Variety Demonstration

This fall, the Gulf Coast Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Team put in a fall vegetable demonstration at UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center in Jay, Florida.  The demonstration had several fall crops such as spinach, swiss chard, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, turnips, rutabaga, kale, and collards.  Several of the recommended varieties were grown …

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Video – Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree

Looking for the perfect Christmas tree to celebrate your Holidays? Join Wendy Wilber, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Environmental Horticultural Agent, as she offers tips on finding and preserving your fresh-cut Christmas tree throughout the Holiday Season.   Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and …

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Calculating the True Benefits of Trees

How much is a 400-year old live oak tree worth?  Can you buy one online, with free shipping, and charge it to the credit card?  Pick one up at the local home improvement store?  Ask Santa? Of course not.  When admiring a tree that size, we have an innate sense of its value, but we would …

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Holiday Cactus

Photo credit: Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS   If you are looking for an easy to grow, colorful indoor flowering plant, look no further than Holiday Cactus. The two main types are Thanksgiving Cactus and Christmas Cactus which have similar care requirements but as the name indicates, bloom at different times. When purchasing a new plant, don’t …

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Under Cover: The Revealing Story behind Cover Crops

Small grains (left) and brassica (right) as food plots or can be used as cover crops. Exclusion cage provides evidence of deer feeding outside of cage. The use of cover crops is gaining popularity with conventional, sustainable, and organic growers. The number of research publications on this topic has sky-rocketed. There is a real opportunity …

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Living with Coyotes

Coyotes can be a nuisance to pet and livestock owners as well as vegetable farmers. They are true scavengers and will eat just about anything – sheep, calves, poultry, deer, watermelons, snakes, foxes, cats, rabbits, grass, carrion, pet food… Although they are mainly active at night, coyotes can be seen during daylight hours close to …

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