Monthly Archive: April 2014

1st Quarter Panhandle Weather Summary

NOAA map showing range of rainfall for the past 90 days compared to normal. Much of the Panhandle has had above average rainfall during the first quarter of 2014.  While most farmers are getting frustrated because the wet ground has delayed planting preparation, ranchers are smiling because they have finally gotten ideal weather for cool-season …

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Panhandle Ag Team hosts Florida Forage Workers Training

Cattle graze crimson and ball clover in a pasture at Cherokee Ranch, Marianna. Photo credit: Doug Mayo The Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team and the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) teamed up to host a training for the UF/IFAS Faculty who work with forages and livestock in Marianna, on April 7th and 8th .  …

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How to Estimate Wheat Yield

Wheat heads emerging near Marianna, FL. Photo Credit: J. Thompson This time of year, some wheat farmers may be wondering what kind of yields they will end up with. Yield estimates this week from Jackson County looked very promising, with yields estimated at 84 bushels per acre and 70 bushels per acre at 2 different …

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Wait on the Right Weather to Plant Bahiagrass

Bahiagrass hay field in Washington County this past summer. If you are thinking about planting a bahiagrass pasture in the next few weeks you may want to “hold your horses” as they say. Just because it’s warming up and the home improvement stores are running commercials featuring picturesque lawns, doesn’t mean it’s time to plant …

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Grazing Management Can Improve Pasture Fertility

Figure 1. Soil nutrient concentration at different pasture locations according to the distance from shade and water; zone 1 is the closest zone to shade and water, zone 2 is an intermediate zone, and zone 3 is the remaining area of the pasture (Dubeux et al., 2006). Jose Dubeux – UF/IFAS NFREC Forage Management Specialist …

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Tomatoes at Twilight Workshop April 24

Currently, there is an heirloom tomato variety trial being conducted in a high tunnel structure at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center.  Seven heirloom tomato varieties are being evaluated, along with one hybrid variety, for early season high tunnel production in the western panhandle of Florida.  Now is a chance for vegetable producers and …

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Landscape Pruning

Properely pruned plants will produce vigroous new growth and ample new flowers. Even though these roses were pruned in February, soon it will be time to prune azaleas, right after they finish their bloom. Pruning is something all homeowners and landscapers know is one of the many chores to be completed in the landscape. Everyone recognizes that pruning needs …

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Wet Weather, Cool Nights Ideal For Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew on rose bud. Image Credit Matthew Orwat.   Powdery mildew on rose leaf. Image Credit Matthew Orwat. This spring powdery mildew has been prevalent on many non-resistant cultivars of ornamental plants, particularly rose and crapemyrtle. Ideal conditions for powdery mildew development, warm days and cool nights followed by rain, have been present for several weeks in Northwest …

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Prepare Lawns Now For Growing Season To Come

While the azaleas may be blooming, most north Florida Lawns still need some work to be ready for the growing season. Spring is officially here, so this means it is time to get the lawn in shape for another growing season in north Florida. The first step is to develop an action plan which sets …

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Tomatoes at Twilight

Currently, there is an heirloom tomato variety trial being conducted in a high tunnel structure at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center.  Seven heirloom tomato varieties are being evaluated, along with one hybrid variety, for early season high tunnel production in the western panhandle of Florida.  Now is a chance for vegetable producers and tomato …

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