Monthly Archive: February 2014

Stop “Crape Murder”!

This is the time of year when we often see crapemyrtles unnecessarily topped:  main stems that are several years old are cut back, often leaving branch stubs 2 – 5 inches or more in diameter. Topping is sometimes called heading, stubbing, rounding and dehorning. Figure 1. Topping is the drastic removal of large-diameter wood (typically several …

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Beach Mice of Florida

The Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse is one of four Florida Panhandle subspecies classified as endangered or threatened. Beach mice provide important ecological roles promoting the health of our coastal dunes and beaches. Photo provided by Jeff Talbert Sea Turtles are one of the largest and most beloved animals associated with Florida coastal habitats. However, there is …

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WFREC Pomegranate Seminar February 24

  The West Florida Research and Education Center will host a Pomegranate Seminar on Monday, February 24, 2014.   Dr. Bill Castle, Professor Emeritus from the UF Ctirus Research and Education Center will discuss pomegranates and the potential for growth here in northwest Florida. Seminar topics will include: History of Pomegranates Botany Cultivars Cultural Practices Recommendations …

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UF/IFAS Bee College and Master Beekeeper Program March 6-8

The University of Florida’s Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab is proud to announce their annual Beekeeper training events at the Whitney Lab at Marineland, Florida, March 6th, 7th, and 8th.    The University of Florida Master Beekeeper Program (March 6th) The Master Beekeeper Program (March 6th) will be holding its biannual training and exams …

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Panhandle Weather Update January 14

January 2014 was a rough month in the Florida Panhandle.  Unusually cold weather kicked off the month and then sleet, ice and even a little snow shut down major highways. For the month of January, the wettest location was Carabelle with 6.1 inches of rainfall, and the driest was  Marianna, collecting only 2.1 inches.  The …

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2014 Row Crop Comparison Tools and Budgets

* This conventional tillage chart is based on the following assumptions:1) Irrigated peanut is compared to irrigated cotton and non-irrigated peanut is compared to non-irrigated cotton.2) Irrigated peanut yield is 4700 lbs. and irrigated cotton yield is 1200 lbs.3) Non-irrigated peanut yield is 3400 lbs. and non-irrigated cotton yield is 750 lbs.4) Prices shown are …

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Cattle Rations Short on Energy this Winter

2013 was certainly a rough year for hay production in the Southeast; first it was too dry to produce enough hay to cut, then too wet to make a quality cutting of hay.  As a result, most ranchers harvested over mature, low quality hay at the end of the growing season.  Poor quality hay causes …

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2014 UF/IFAS Basic Beekeeping in the Panhandle Short Course

Photo by Judy Ludlow The UF/IFAS Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team will once again be offering a Basic  Beekeeping School in February and March.  These classes will be offered via interactive video conferencing at Extension Offices across the Panhandle.  Details are listed below, please call your local UF/IFAS Extension Service to register and if you have …

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2014 UF/IFAS Basic Beekeeping in the Panhandle Short Course

Photo by Judy Ludlow The UF/IFAS Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team will once again be offering a Basic  Beekeeping School in February and March.  These classes will be offered via interactive video conferencing at Extension Offices across the Panhandle.  Details are listed below, please call your local UF/IFAS Extension Service to register and if you have …

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Did the Freeze Kill My Palms?

The freezing rain last week across the panhandle left icicles hanging from street signs, rooftops, trees, shrubs and palms. Many people now wonder if their palms will survive the assault of the hard freeze. The chance of survival depends on the following factors: the most important consideration is the species of palm; a few of …

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