Monthly Archive: May 2014

Preventing Heat Stress: Plant and People Considerations

Expect typical heat and humidity east of the Apalachicola River with hotter temperatures west.http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-video/video-summer-2014-forecast-highlights-drought-severe-weather-increase/3520160310001 As we begin to approach our North Florida hot summer months, Gary Wade with the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension reminds us that, “temperatures in the high 90s and several weeks without rain can lead …

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Take-All Root Rot

Last summer’s heavy rain and the stress of January’s icy weather have contributed to widespread outbreaks of Take-All Root Rot, a soil-inhabiting fungus Gaeumannomyces graminis var. graminis that causes yellow grass patches ranging in diameter from a few inches to more than 15 feet. The symptoms first appear in the spring, but disease can persist …

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Preserving Food: It is Not Like In Grandma’s Day

Low-Acid Canning requires a Pressure Canner Submitted by Shelley Swenson/Les Harrison Home canning has changed greatly in the 170 years since it was introduced as a way to preserve food. Grandma may have cooked her green beans and poured them into hot jars but open kettle canning is not recommended today.   Scientists have found ways …

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It is amazing what happens when we all sit down at the table……….

The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama has proclaimed obesity a national, serious public health issue. As such, he is encouraging all Americans to learn about and engage in activities that promote healthy eating. How can you get involved? Let’s start with the family meal.   There are many benefits to family meals. …

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The Importance of Play

 Not much has changed since the American Academy of Pediatrics released their clinical report in 2006 about the importance of play in promoting healthy child development.   In fact, play is so important to optimal child development that in 1989 the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights recognized play as a right of every child.   …

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Florida’s “Big Kids” Just Got A Safety Boost!

New bill would require booster seats for children four years old through age five. For several years, Florida has been the most dangerous state for children between the ages of 4 and 10 traveling in vehicles.  Florida is currently one of only two states in the nation that lacks a booster seat bill for older …

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New UF/IFAS Factsheets added to EDIS for Ag in April 2014

EDIS is the University of Florida’s Official website with fact sheets available to download on a wide variety of topics for free. The University of Florida IFAS Extension offers a database of fact sheets available for free download on the Internet called EDIS (Electronic Data Information Source) that has many publications of interest to farmers and ranchers …

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Comment Period Open for Changes in Ag Worker Protection Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced proposed changes to the agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS). The purpose is to improve protection from pesticide exposure for the country’s two million agricultural workers and their families. Important! EPA is currently taking comments on the proposed changes. The comment period ends June 17, 2014.  These remarks …

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Panhandle Blueberry Yield Outlook still Positive

Blueberry rows washed out. Note lack of damage in established plantings. Photo by Matt Orwat Brightwell rabbiteye blueberry full of fruit. Photo by Matt Orwat Blueberry harvest is less than a month away in the central Panhandle. Although the Florida Panhandle has been hit with excessive rainfall this spring, blueberry yields are on track to …

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Crop Planting Resumed this Week

Planting cotton in Bascom, FL. Photo: J. Thompson Its prime time for cotton and peanut planting, but the excessive rainfall last week brought planting to a halt. Some growers in the northeast corner of Jackson County, where soils are very sandy, were able to begin planting again this week. The rest of the region is still pretty …

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