Monthly Archive: May 2014

Watch Out For Tomato Problems

Healthy, Developing Tomato. Image Credit Matthew Orwat One of the most common tomato problem home gardeners encounter in the late spring and early summer is blossom end rot. The good news is that blossom end rot can be prevented with the use of drip irrigation and adequate fertilization.  Since tomatoes need a consistent supply of …

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Mexican Sycamore – Platanus mexicana

Mexican Sycamore, Platanus mexicana. Mexican sycamore (Platanus mexicana) is a fast growing, drought tolerant tree boasting smooth white-and-tan bark and large maple-like leaves with velvety, silver undersides. Native to northeastern and central Mexico, this tree’s cold hardiness is not well defined. However, Mexican sycamore grows well as far north as USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 8b …

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Mexican Sycamore – Platanus mexicana

Mexican Sycamore, Platanus mexicana. Mexican sycamore (Platanus mexicana) is a fast growing, drought tolerant tree boasting smooth white-and-tan bark and large maple-like leaves with velvety, silver undersides. Native to northeastern and central Mexico, this tree’s cold hardiness is not well defined. However, Mexican sycamore grows well as far north as USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 8b …

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Pond Weed Workshop – June 12th

Excess aquatic vegetation can be a source of frustration for pond owners. Privately owned ponds and lakes are common across the Panhandle. Ponds are normally a source of  great enjoyment, but sometimes can cause frustration for their owners when aquatic weeds interfere with fishing. When unwanted or excess weeds build up in a pond, owners …

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UGA Forage Insect Management Webinar May 20

University of Georgia Extension will be hosting a webinar to discuss management of some troublesome insects for pastures and hay fields.  The webinar will be presented through the Internet on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, beginning at 9:00 AM Eastern time, 8:00 AM Central.  There is no registration fee to participate, but you must RSVP to …

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Panhandle Tomatoes Developing Nicely

Washington County Florida tomato field, full of healthy growth. Image Credit: Matthew Orwat In areas that were not not been flooded by recent rains, field grown tomatoes are developing nicely. Recent temperatures have been perfect for fruit set, with most nights above 60 ° F and under 75 ° F and most days under 85 …

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Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Update

Figure 1. Summary of the total overwinter colony loss (October 1 – April 1) of managed honey bee colonies in the US across the 8 annual national surveys (red bars). The acceptable range (blue bars) is the average percentage of acceptable loss declared by the survey participants in each of the 8 years of the …

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Does Calf Age at Castration Matter?

Calves born from crossbred cows in Florida (Alachua Co.) can be castrated within 36 day of birth and still have satisfactory weaning weights. Photo Credit: Matt Hersom Dr. Matt Hersom, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida Castration, the process of removal or destruction of the testicles, is a common management …

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Nutrition Program Encourages Healthy, Budget-Friendly Family Meals

Parents and guardians across America work hard everyday to put food in the mouths of their families.  We all have to make choices in the foods we eat and provide for our children.  This process of planning, shopping, and preparing healthy meals is challenging, but especially for those that have limited income and resources.  These …

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Success with Houseplants: Watering Correctly

Flowering Houseplants. UF IFAS photo by Mary Derrick. Plants add color, interesting textures and, of course, beauty to our indoor living environments. The air is freshened with the oxygen they provide. Keep them healthy by watering correctly. Plants have differing water requirements so take a moment to look up some good research-based information on your …

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