Monthly Archive: March 2014

Are You Being Profiled?

Your credit score is the most frequently and widely used method for determining your credit worthiness, but what if a 700 credit score was not just a 700 credit anymore? What if there was a way to try to predict consumer debt delinquency behavior even among those individuals that have 700 credit score? Recent research …

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Sugar vs. Other Sweeteners: Get the Scoop

Moderation is the key with both sugar and sugar substitutes. Do you use sugar, honey, artificial sweetener, or some combination of them all?  Which are better to use?  The internet is flooded with myths about sweeteners – both nutritive and low- or no-calorie.  Because it’s often difficult to sift through the claims, here’s a quick …

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Warm Season Deer Nutrition Can Pay Off in the Fall

Deer grazing test plots at the NFREC in Quincy.  Food plots can  benefit deer year round, not just during hunting season. To the chagrin of hunters across the Panhandle, deer season has drawn to a close. As the days lengthen and temperatures begin to climb many of the area’s outdoorsmen (and women) shift their efforts to …

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Legume Mite in Crimson Clover

Crimson Clover field in Jackson Co. infested with legume mites. This season, clover has had some tough weather conditions to overcome, including heavy rains during planting time and lower temperatures which has reduced growth. However, at least one field of clover has experienced an exceptional amount of pressure from a very rare pest, the legume …

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Seminar to be Held on a New Crop for the Florida Panhandle: Olives

Join us on April 4th from 8 am to 1 pm at the University of Florida West Florida Research and Education Center in Jay (4253 Experiment Road, Jay FL 32565) to learn more about olive production in the Panhandle.  Guest speakers will include Michael O’Hara Garcia, President of the Florida Olive Council,  Don Mueller, Longtime Florida Olive Grower, …

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Soil Health and Cover Crop Group to Meet April 1

We know not to plant crotalaria now and the County Agent doesn’t wear a tie anymore, but Jefferson County and cover crops still go together.  Photo Credit: Estimated date of photo is 1920′s from the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/12 The first meeting of a Florida soil health/cover crop working group will be …

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Impact of Selection for Feed Efficiency of Heifers on Future Cow Performance

Cow and calf pairs in a feed efficiency study at the North Florida Research and Education Center Feed Efficiency Facility. Introduction In Florida, the predominant classes of cattle are females (replacement heifers, young and mature cows) that graze forages.  However, most feed efficiency research has focused on grain-fed, feedlot cattle, with little data collected on …

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Detecting and Controlling Varroa Mites in Honey Bees

A female varroa mite (Varroa destructor Anderson & Trueman) feeds on a worker bee. The mite is the oval, orange spot on the bee’s abdomen. Photograph by: James Castner, University of Florida. The varroa mite, Varroa destructor is the world’s most devastating pest of Western honey bees, Apis mellifera.  Although the varroa complex includes multiple …

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Oakleaf Hydrangea – A Native Choice

Oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) make a beautiful choice for the home landscape.  They present great interest in all seasons of  the year.  Not only do they produce beautiful blooms in summer, but the plant also provides great fall color.  When making a choice for a new edition to your landscape, select Oakleaf Hydrangea ! Jeff …

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Pollinator Protection

  Landscapes will soon be transitioning from the dormant phase to actively growing and one of the most beneficial insects of all will be back in action.  As soon as flowers open, bees will be visiting to gather pollen and nectar. This year be a little more observant in the landscape and at your local …

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